Format and Structure
Published on November 8, 2021. Reading time: 2 minutes
We're constantly experimenting with new ways to share your stories. At the moment, most of the stories we share are short, written pieces that readers can explore at their own pace.
People reading things online often prefer shorter texts. We found that stories of about 500 to 600 words are just long enough to contain all the important bits of a personal story, and short enough that people will actually read the whole story. When you write your story, you can use that as a guideline.
Be concrete and personal. Try to avoid using abstract and empty terms, and instead give specific examples (e.g. ‘sustainability’ is concretized in ‘more recycling of the plastic waste in Bogota’; or ‘air pollution’ is concretized in ‘all the smog I breathe daily in Kampala which stops me from doing sports outside’).
Our editors will help you to make sure that readers from all over the globe will be able to understand your story - even if it's all about your personal experience. We'll also help you to pick good pictures and quotes to go with your story and make it more accessible to an online audience.
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