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Kindling your spark: an editor's practical advice to writers

Holly Ashley

Journal article

This writing guide provides practical advice for writers who want to contribute to the Participatory Learning and Action series. It seeks to help them write engaging, interesting, relevant and readable articles on participation. It aims to give them the confidence to write about and share their experiences, practical learning and critical reflections with other participatory development practitioners. It also aims to encourage Southern writers to share their voices and perspectives in the international development arena. The article is written in four parts. Part I: getting started (know your reader, finding your focus, guiding principles and having a vision). Part II: tips on writing (capturing your ideas, creating a structure and writing an article). Part III: reflections on writing (building your confidence). Part IV: the editorial process. It also includes tools that writers can use such as Most Significant Change (MSC) and Snowballs.

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