If you are planning on putting out blog posts, or articles or similar contents.. summaries are a very important part of the process.
You have to admit… every time you open up a newspaper, do you honestly read all articles completely? Or do you just skim through headlines and taglines only? Like any normal person, if the two line summary does not entice you, you will not read the complete article. Ergo, summaries are extremely important! Don’t take them lightly but do keep them light.(read short and simple)
So how exactly does one write a summary?
Step 1- Write your main body of content.
Step 2- Edit, Edit, Edit!
Step 3- Read through your final work.
Step 4- Give yourself some twitter vibes and set a 60 word limit. You can increase the word limit to 80 but try not to go beyond that.
Step 5- Now you can begin writing the summary. Questions to be answered in a summary can be :
What is this article about?
What will it mean to the reader?
What question does it pose?
For what reason has it been written?
Do not ever give away the entire answer of your content. Summaries are not be inundated with all the specs and stats of your article. Just give an overview of what’s to come. For example, the summary for this post can go something like :-
Give your readers a proper taste of what’s to come. Learn the knows and hows of proper summary writing and use them well for your further posts!
In short, a summary is not a condensed version of your article; it is instead merely a gist of what your content is about. So folks, good luck summarizing your thoughts!