A good feature writer is imaginative, curious, nosey, attentive, unconventional, witty, and usually is not above "borrowing" a good writing idea from someone else. He or she does a good job of digging out information, then is clever enough to twist even dull data into interesting and sometimes amusing prose. What is a feature? It differs from straight news in one respect -- its intent. A news story provides information about an event, idea or situation. The feature does a bit more. It also may: Interpret or add depth and color to the news Instruct Entertain.