Before I start talking about today’s topic, as a newbie here, I’d like to introduce myself first.
My name is Alfred Yip and I’m from Hong Kong. I’m an Arsenal fan though I follow other clubs like Barcelona, Dortmund and Marseille from different leagues.
Aside from club fixtures, I also pay attention to international matches (like the World Cup) and as a Hong Kong citizen, I support Team Hong Kong unconditionally.
I can be reached through Quora. If you’re a Quoran who’d like to talk about football with the other writers here, you may request a link to the Football Central Discord server.
For my first article on Footy Fans, I’m going to write about something special. It’s still related to football but it’ll be different from what the other authors are talking about.
It’s called “how to write a good football-related answer on Quora”.
As a Top Writer of the Q&A site, I have made a name of myself as an author of answers related to football. While I write a lot about the other matters of the sport, my main focus is always Arsenal.
I got my TW badge after just 6 months of contribution as a football writer. You may ask, “how did you do it?” Well, here are some of the tips that I can share with you:
- Understand the question. If you truly don’t understand what the question is about, the best thing for you to do is not to attempt it. Don’t plagiarise your writings, by the way.
- Know how “the beautiful game” works and follow the fixtures. Self-explanatory.
- Be passionate. If you support a specific club, be it Manchester United, West Ham or even Luton Town, being an avid supporter helps you to motivate yourself to write more about your team.
- Be reader-friendly. You may want to add the main idea in bold on top of the answer, write in short sentences and add pictures, if necessary. Grammar checking is important too, to be honest.
- Remember yourself that you’ll face haters. There will be trolls who are nasty people. In this case, you may want to block and report them. Move on and don’t let them win the battle.
- Keep moving forward. While studying well-known football writers (like José Pérez and Dylan Kok) is important, developing your own writing style is the king if you want to be outstanding.
The most important thing in all of these suggestions, though, is that you’ll need to practise by writing for real. For me, I’d say, you should strive to be a better writer instead of being a TW.
Being a Top Writer is cool and it’s a fact that I won’t deny. However, bear in mind that you may not be on the list despite following the advice in bold above. They’re just my two cents, after all.
To sum up, if you want to write good football-related answers, what you need to do is to understand what’s going on, write well, learn from the others and don’t give up.
“When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.” – Unknown