Guest Writers Tips

Are you interested in writing for the site? Well then, you’ve found the right place!

First off, a few tips for aspiring writers before you contact us:

  • Make sure you use good spelling and grammar skills when trying to discuss writing with us. We won’t reject you over minor errors in them, but we do expect at least an ability to write in a journalistic style, so demonstrating an ability to write well in your communications with us will be an advantage.
  • Have a topic in mind for what you want to write about before you contact us. Don’t just say you want to write something because you want to write something: have an idea for an article in mind and consider what you would like to say in it and whether it has enough weight to it to be worth doing. Nothing is worse than getting accepted to write an article only to later cancel it because there’s not enough to do a good article!
  • Don’t just parrot what another person has said for your article: ask what you can say about a topic that hasn’t already been said before and consider how to present your own unique voice on the subject.
  • Make sure you can back up what you’re saying with unbiased facts and/or well reasoned personal opinion. Even if you think you know the subject well, it is worth spending some time researching what you want to talk about so you can be sure that you have the information and unbiased facts necessary to present to readers who might not have the same level of knowledge as you do.
  • Remember: an opposing opinion isn’t necessarily wrong! As easy as it is to just say “I want to write a response to [x] because they’re wrong”, they might be making points which you’ve missed yourself or which are more valid than you might be giving them credit for. If you are wanting to write a response to an article, save it for when the author has actually messed up horribly on the factual side of things or their conclusion is one which is completely unreasonable to come to.

This might all sound needlessly pedantic and a lot of additional work before you’ve even started, but trust us, taking the time to do this will make for a stronger article in the long run and make it more likely that your pitch will be accepted in the short run.

Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is have your article written in time for the deadline (which Nemo will provide in consultation with you) and you’re basically done! Once the article is received, it will be fact checked and edited by Nemo, who will send you the edited article back to look over and approve. If you are happy with it, it’ll be published and linked towards at 6PM on the appropriate day, with an email being sent to you when the article is live on the site. If you are not happy with it, Nemo will continue to work with you on it until you have an article that both of us are happy with.

A few quick bits of advice when writing the article:

  • We usually try to aim for between 1,000 to 2,000 words with our typical articles, with 500 being an absolute minimum. You can go over this if you wish, but try not to go too far over this unless you have a very good reason!
  • Try to avoid filling your article with quotes unnecessarily. Two or three to prove your point is fine, but, if your article is looking more like a collection of quotes than anything else, you probably haven’t provided enough of your own thoughts to make for an interesting article.
  • While most journalistic articles, by their nature, tend to be opinion pieces, it is a good idea to try to make sure your piece has a lot of factual basis to it. Because of this, try not to include details in articles which have not been confirmed as true yet. If you must do so, don’t repeat it as if it is the truth: make it completely cleat that what you are saying is unconfirmed. Why? Well, two reasons: one, if you turn out to be right, you at least are showing that you were aware that it wasn’t confirmed at the time and leaving room for the benefit of the doubt and two, if you turn out to be wrong, you don’t look like an idiot for reporting something as the truth that is later confirmed to be wrong.
  • Try to avoid crossing over into slander and childish insults if you are writing an article about someone or something who you do not like. As entertaining as this might be to people who share your viewpoint, we try to run on the logic that someone connected to the article’s subject (possibly even the subject themselves) will stumble across the article in the future and the vast majority of them will not be amused with you for writing about them in those ways (not to mention us publishing a slanderous article would probably result in us getting sued). By the same token, try to avoid crossing over into fanboying about something if you are writing about someone or something you like: as much as we like the stuff we like, other people might not share your love of the subject and, even in the best case, the end result just becomes a pointless article that doesn’t really say much of any real worth about the subject. A neutral tone is the best approach if you can manage it, but, if not, take the time to ask whether you feel the article would be well received by people who do not share your viewpoint before you send it off. Remember, there is nothing wrong with praising that which you dislike or critiquing that which you like if there are things about it which you feel are worth highlighting that contradict your overall opinion of the work!

Note that we are not currently looking for permanent team members, so do not ask about these roles. Also, because we are unpaid writers ourselves, we cannot currently offer payment for any guest articles written for the site.

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