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Types of list stories
Three types of list stories to try
‘109 Cats In Sweaters’ is just one type of list article. Check out BuzzFeed’s Jack Shepherd lists of types of list stories.
Add a ‘Harper’s Index’-style piece
Take a tip from Harper’s, and add a list of fun facts and fascinating stats to your list of listicle ideas.
How to write a listicle
6 tips for crafting list articles, blog posts
Step 1 — List lists: Before you write your next listicle, check out this list of six tips for crafting readable, scannable lists.
Don’t include too many items … or too few
How do you know when your list is too long? Here’s a list of 8 tips for the length of your list.
Make benefits lists parallel, verb-based
Grocery list: When listing benefits, choose verbs — eat, live, support — not nouns.
Creative twists for your lists
‘A spoonful of alliteration helps the medicine go down’
Alliterate, a little: Whether you speak Chinese or Czech, Korean or Catalan, Finnish or French, Tetra radios speak your language.
Create acronyms that help readers retain info
As easy as ABC: Acronyms can help people codify and remember your key ideas.
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What writers and others say
“Don’t write list posts because they’re quick to write. Instead, write them because they’re the best format for communicating your idea and helping your readers.” — Henneke Duistermaat, founder, Enchanted Marketing