Whether your idea yields a full-blown article, a short news item for the local Chamber of Commerce publication, or a magazine filler, writing for publication is a good credential to have. More importantly, it’s fun and rewarding.
To be a writer is to potentially be at work, no matter what time it is or where you are. You become an idea junkie. You must keep your eyes and ears open at all times.
Consider these ideas:
1) Did something humorous happen to you today?
Article idea: Write a first-person feature or filler for a magazine.
2) Did you watch a local television program that featured a profile of a local person of interest?
Article idea: Interview that person for a regional or national publication.
3) Did you receive a catalog in the mail about classes offered by your park district?
Article idea: Interview the teacher of an interesting class.
4) Did you receive a magazine in the mail, such as an automobile club one?
Article idea: Write an article about local spots of interest for that magazine, such as the zoo.
5) Did you go to a community center and find the work of a local artist that you enjoy?
Article idea: Interview the artist.
6) Did you meet a friend who has an interesting hobby for coffee?
Article idea: Interview your friend about the hobby.
7) Did your kids do an arts and crafts project?
Article idea: Write about an arts and crafts activity that parents can do with their kids.
8) Did you spend any time volunteering?
Article idea: Write an article that gives an overview of local volunteer activities.
9) Did you go to an interesting lecture at your library?
Article idea: Write about the lecture.
10) Are you on vacation?
Article idea: Write a travel piece about the spot you’re visiting and the fun things to do there.
As for marketing a piece, always be sure the publication you’re targeting the piece for, runs the type you want to sell.
For details about article ideas, interviewing people, the writing process, and marketing your articles, check out my book, “Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features” at your library.
Copyright 2011 by Charlotte Digregorio.