There are many ways to write a great feature story for a local newspaper, that are not only fun to write, but are also popular with readers. Feature stories normally have an angle or a slant, geared toward one locality or its residents.
Feature stories are usually kept anywhere from 300 to 700 words, which makes them easy to write, and easy to read. The most popular are stores that are exclusive to those readers where the newspaper circulates.
Another reason that feature stories are popular with freelance writers is that they can tie in the local aspect with a topic familiar to them. A writer that is also a parent can write a feature story about neighborhood school programs their child attended, or their child's favorite books at the local library. Writers with hobbies such as sewing, cooking, or painting, can write a review about a museum, the large fabric store in town, or the best place to take art lessons.
The ultimate reward of writing feature stories for freelancers is that most of these contain tips, insights, or advice that the writer can use to interest those outside of the local area. Writers can adjust these types of stories so they have regional or national appeal, if the writer travels frequently to other cities or countries.
Another way for writers to expand their feature story writing is to write reviews. Writing about the newest movie releases at the local theatre is one idea. Choosing a book by their favorite author, freelancers can write a review for the bookworms in any town. Entertainment is a popular topic for readers and writers alike.