What new topic can you write about on Valentine’s Day? You need good ideas for an article or blog post, and you don’t want to rewrite the same old Valentine’s Day stuff that always gets published in magazines, e-zines and blogs. My tips will help you go beyond the traditional, tired “romantic gift ideas” and “how we met” articles on February 14.
Magazine Writing Tips
How do you write an essay, article or blog post when you have no ideas and nothing to write about? When I taught Language Arts and Journalism, I often watched students stare at their blank pages, bewildered. They knew they had to write – and they even wanted to write – but they had nothing to write about.
These five tips won’t just help you become a freelance writer, they’ll ensure you keep getting article assignments you don’t even have to pitch! No more writing query letters, sending article ideas to magazine editors, or searching the internet for online publications.
It’s every aspiring writer’s conundrum: you can’t write for magazines because you haven’t been published yet, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold any articles yet. Fear not; I have good news! Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think.
How do you start an online magazine that has good ideas, attracts subscribers and advertisers, makes a profit, and even creates a community of readers who share tips and support?
Writing articles for magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Yes, there’s lots of competition. Sure, you’ll receive more rejections from editors and publishers than acceptances. But that’s actually good news, because it discourages other writers! And that leaves the freelance writing field open for smart cookies like you.
I’ve written literally thousands of articles and blog posts since I first started blogging in 2008. Believe it or not, learning how to write good titles that are eye-catching, attention-grabbing and curiosity-invoking was never high on my list of priorities.
My Reader’s Digest editor taught me more about writing magazine articles and query letters than any other editor I’ve worked with! These are the ten most important things I learned about writing for Reader’s Digest; these tips will also help you understand and follow the submission guidelines for contributors (which can feel overwhelming to freelancers).