Here are a few ideas contributed by successful op-ed writers:
An op-ed piece is like a legal brief. Forget objectivity; put
forward your opinion in a persuasive, argumentative manner.
Know your thesis
It doesn’t have to be complicated, but if you can’t
sum up your argument in one sentence, think about it more before you sit down
Write as you would explain your argument to a friend. An essay can – and should – be like everyday speech.
Keep it short and simple
State your opinion clearly and quickly, back it up with facts and examples, and be done with it. Anything longer than 700 words
can probably be said more succinctly. Many editors who are Op-Ed Service clients lack space for anything more than 700 words. Your opinion piece may be well-argued, but if it’s too long, editors won’t even consider it. The Op-Ed Service editor can help you revise, rewrite or trim your manuscript.
Think about structure
Aside from length, there are no hard-and-fast rules. While certain topics can be handled casually, even fancifully, others benefit from a well-ordered design. Here is a basic format often used for an opinion essay:
Use the Op-Ed Service
To submit an op-ed or to discuss an idea you’re working on, contact the Op-Ed Service editor.