I followed the news for a new story, "Northern Snakehead Fish Confirmed in Burnaby, British Columbia", published today in Suite 101.

"Northern Snakehead Fish, or Channa argus" by OpenCage
I Having written about this invasive species already, my attention was captured when there was a simple sighting in Burnaby, BC. I wrote about it last month, in "Has the Northern Snakehead Fish Invaded British Columbia?"

At the time, my "Northern Snakehead Fish Reported in Burnaby, BC" promised my DeHaan Services readers that I would follow up when officials confirmed or denied its existence in Canada. I did indeed update that page.

More Publicity for the Northern Snakehead Fish

I did write a new Xanga post, "Northern Snakehead Fish Caught in Burnaby, Canada", so those readers would learn the news.

A Writing Tip based on Following the Fish

Some previous writing tips have noted that it can be worth planning a series of articles when you realize you have a big topic.

Likewise, you could write articles from different viewpoints based on one topic.

Today's writing tip is a bit different. You can also plan to write a follow-up article if you report on a rumour, the start of a project, or on the announcement of a plan or consultation.

Later, you write about the resolution of that rumour, project or consultation.

Since the original news was an unconfirmed sighting, I knew there would be some further news in the future. Therefore I searched for further reports, and jumped on the information when it became available.

Previously, I've had similar situations where I simply updated the original article. For example, I've been updating "Weight Loss Risks for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford" in my DeHaan Fitness... blog, since he had announced a six-month "Cut the Waist" challenge. However, I also knew that there would be a new article once his time was up.

That certainly worked for me in writing twice about the Northern Snakehead fish, and there may be more fish tales in the future.

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