Writing Guidelines

1) Length:

Recommended length of articles is between 500 to 1000 words. Writers should be aware that many readers tend to be put off by longer articles. Poetry/art can be accepted even if less than 500 words.

2) Messaging:

Please focus on the urgency of climate breakdown and more widely, the sixth mass extinction event on Earth. If possible, bring in the need for non-violent direct action and mass civil disobedience as part of the answer. If you are writing about regenerative culture, try to write about this in relation to non-violent direct action (NVDA). How are NVDA and regenerative culture related? How can we nurture our front-line activists and everyone within the Extinction Rebellion movement to be an example of nurturing, sustainable culture for the rest of society?

Additionally, consider that readers are engaged by emotional and authentic content, so don’t be afraid to bring your own personal journey and experience into your writing, depending on the audience. Provide links to websites in your writing if you can, to any data or opinions you refer to, but full academic references are not required for this website.

Please provide links to Extinction Rebellion Facebook page (@ExtinctionRebellion) and Twitter handle (@ExtinctionR) somewhere in your piece, preferably at the end.

Within the general guidelines above, write whatever you are inspired to write.

Contact us if you are still not sure.

 

3) Cliches and echoes:

A cliche is a phrase or opinion that is overused or betrays a lack of original thought. Try to avoid them. An echo is a repeated word. Even the most experienced writers can use lots of echoes by accident. Look back through your text to check for echoes, and replace duplicate words with substitute words where appropriate. Using a thesaurus is good for this, for instance: https://www.thesaurus.com/

 

4) Punctuation:

Break down over-long sentences into shorter more digestible ones. Beware the over-use of commas and other punctuation marks. Use brackets (parentheses) only occasionally and not as a way of breaking up confused or busy text. Consider using bold or italics to emphasize a word or phrase, but don’t over-use. Again, do not over-use exclamation marks, which make a text look childish or unserious!!! A combination of longer sentences broken up by the occasional hard-hitting short sentence can be a good style.

 

5) Format:

Divide your text up into fairly short paragraphs if possible, for accessibility, and have a full line break between each paragraph. Really hard-hitting lines can

stand alone for effect,

with a full line break before and after the line. Editors may change the format after you have submitted your piece, so you may need to get back to them and ask them to change the format back again, if you feel that they have messed around with it too much. Good luck with that!

 

6) Proofreading and copy-editing:

Even the best writers (in fact, especially the best writers) hand their material over to others for proofreading and copy-editing before it is submitted for publication. It is essential that you do this, as the reader of a text can pick up on mistakes that the writer struggled to see. These can be grammatical or spelling errors (although you should always use a spellcheck if in Microsoft Word) or errors of content and comprehension.

 

Once your article has been proofread and copy-edited, please email it as an attachment to:

xrblog@protonmail.com

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