If you need writing focus, you must read these tips for focusing your magazine ideas! Are you a writer with lots of ideas, but little direction? Do you wonder which ideas to pursue, which audiences to write for, or which markets to choose? Without proper focus, sorting through the writing maze can be confusing.
These five tips will help you bring focus to your writing, create a clear path to guide your daily work, and prevent loss of precious time.
“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” ~ Zig Ziglar.
Clear direction is important for writers who want to be successful. So, start clearing the clutter and narrow in on your writing possibilities. You’ll find your path and be ready to begin. If you’re not sure what kind of writer you want to be (freelance writer? copywriter? novelist? poet? web writer? blogger?), you may find 88 Money-Making Writing Jobs helpful — it may help you focus your writing.
And, here are five ways to zoom in on your interests as a writer and get published in magazines…
Need Writing Focus? 5 Tips for Focusing Your Magazine Ideas
1. Decide which topics you want to cover. What do you like to write about? How do you like convey your ideas? Do you like to write travel articles using the third person, or would you prefer to write a personal essay on a trip you’ve taken? You could write about culinary trends for this year, or write a restaurant review. If you enjoy cycling, you could write about new bike gear or bicycle safety and the need for more bike lanes. One of the best tips for focusing your magazine ideas is to choose topics you enjoy.
2. Decide how you will cover each topic. You’ll need to figure out how to approach each topic area and what your focus will be. This will influence the research you’ll do and who you’ll interview for your magazine articles. For example, you could write about the history and culture of Venezuela or Venezuelan nightspots. Or, you could do a profile of a chef in San Antonio or write about the new culinary school.
3. Choose your audience. Will you write for consumers (e.g., homeowners) or trades (e.g., builders), students or educators, travelers or hoteliers, foodies, food companies or farmers? There are publications for every audience, and you need to focus on writing for specific audiences. If you struggle to write for a specialized audience, you may want to learn how to write for niche markets. The more you focus your magazine ideas, the higher the chances you’ll get published.
4. Think about the distribution format. Will you write for print media or online? Writing styles and length of copy tend to be different depending on which you type of distribution you choose. For example, online writing needs to be shorter and more to the point because your online audience will spend less time reading and more time skimming your stories. Focus your writing on specific types of publications.
5. Publication type – magazine, e-zine, local, national? You’ll want to match your preferred audience to a specific publication. You can target magazines or newspapers that are international, national or local. When first starting out, small local magazines are probably the best choice because they will have fewer writers vying for space on their pages.
To learn more about freelance writing, read How to Get Ideas for Magazine Articles.
If you have any thoughts or questions about writing focus, or these tips for focusing your magazine ideas, please comment below…
Written by Merle Rosenstein, a Toronto-based food and travel writer, blogger and staff writer for Canadian Traveller Magazine. Merle also contributed When I Say “No” I Feel Guilty – 6 Tips for Standing Up for Yourself to Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals.