Help:Your first article

  • writing an article
    learn how you can create an article.

    new here?
    creating an article is one of the more difficult tasks on wikipedia, and you'll have a higher chance of success if you help out with other tasks first to learn more about how wikipedia works. you can always come back to create an article later; there is no deadline!

    welcome to wikipedia! you have probably already edited blogs or social media sites. you have made edits that improved existing articles and now you want to start a new article from scratch. now, if you have not done any wikipedia editing, you cannot directly and immediately make a new article in mainspace. this permission is only for autoconfirmed users, which means those whose accounts are more than four days old and who have made at least ten edits; this experience is very useful in successfully creating a new article, and it is strongly recommended. non-confirmed users and non-registered users (as well as anyone else) can submit a proposed article through the articles for creation process, where it will eventually be reviewed and considered for publication. the backlog is long (currently, there are 2,302 pending submissions; it often takes months). working on existing articles (needed tasks), and reading the comments on other pending afc submissions, will help you to write a good article that follows wikipedia's sometimes arcane standards.

  • introduction
  • search for an existing article
  • gathering references
  • things to avoid
  • and be careful about...
  • are you closely connected to the article topic?
  • create your draft
  • and then what?
  • still need help?

Writing an article
Learn how you can create an article.

New here?
Creating an article is one of the more difficult tasks on Wikipedia, and you'll have a higher chance of success if you help out with other tasks first to learn more about how Wikipedia works. You can always come back to create an article later; there is no deadline!

Welcome to Wikipedia! You have probably already edited blogs or social media sites. You have made edits that improved existing articles and now you want to start a new article from scratch. Now, if you have not done any Wikipedia editing, you cannot directly and immediately make a new article in mainspace. This permission is only for autoconfirmed users, which means those whose accounts are more than four days old and who have made at least ten edits; this experience is very useful in successfully creating a new article, and it is strongly recommended. Non-confirmed users and non-registered users (as well as anyone else) can submit a proposed article through the Articles for Creation process, where it will eventually be reviewed and considered for publication. The backlog is long (currently, there are 2,302 pending submissions; it often takes months). Working on existing articles (needed tasks), and reading the comments on other pending AfC submissions, will help you to write a good article that follows Wikipedia's sometimes arcane standards.

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