Say, after looking for a freelance writing idea, you already came upon one, a topic which would make for a very interesting feature article. How do you go about finding a publication to propose or pitch it to? Well, there are lots of ways of finding publications, or writing markets as they are called. But for our purposes for this article, we’ll discuss finding a publication when you already have an idea.
Basically, there are three ways of looking for writing markets online.
I’m re-printing below, a slightly revised version of an article which got featured in WritersWeekly.com as a Success Story four years ago (December 17, 2002 to be exact) when I had just started freelance writing. It’s sort of my personal reply to the question, “How do I know if I’m really meant to be a writer?” It can even be applied to the perennial question, “How do I know my real purpose in life?”
A few months ago, I started freelance writing again and finished writing three feature articles for two publications. In the process, I have learned or, perhaps more accurately, re-learned a few things. The gist of what I "re-learned" is that writing features consists, at least for me, of stages. In this article, I will share with you these stages of writing as I re-discovered them and also share the things that I have "re-learned" during these stages.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that ideas are everywhere. Once you start writing for dollars, you'll get a sixth sense, as it were. Call it a freelance writing radar or antenna, its function is to enable you to easily spot a story when you run into one. This article is about honing this particular ability.
So where does one get ideas?
Around five years ago, in 2001, after a video business with friends went bust, I was trying to come up with other ideas to generate income. I had decided to look in the field of my truest passion, writing. But how? I tried scriptwriting for TV but wasn't lucky enough to be given the opportunity. So I was looking into other types of writing for inspiration. Finally, I realized that the answer to my problem was just under my nose, just waiting to be discovered.
first time ko...para akong freshman sa school...nangangapa......natutulala...aantay ng magiging fwen...sana ok dito...gusto ko lang naman magkaroon ng online journal....tsaka feeling ko i have a need for writing....sort of outlet ba....siguro naman sensible naman ako kahit papano...wish ko lang...sa edad ko ba namang to eh ala pa ba kong masasabing me sense hehehe....so pano dito na lang muna...tsaka gusto ko rin palang maging writer...ubra kaya ko?oh sya til next blog...hope me makapansin sa alang kawenta wenta kong blog
Yesterday, I read Paul Graham's essay about the essay called The Age of the Essay (there's using the word "essay" three times in a sentence :) ), and I was blown away by what he had to say. The essay, ladies and gentlemen, according to Paul Graham, wasn't originally meant to persuade or argue, as it is usually taught in school, but to let the writer discover things. The word essay is traced back to the 16th century French writer Michel de Montaigne who first called his collection of musings "essais." Essai is from the French verb "essayer" which means "to try." Thus, an essay is actually "an attempt."
I wasn't able to report on iblog2 or the 2nd Philippine Blogging Summit held last April 18, 2006 at the University of the Philippines College of Law, but noteworthy was Manuel L. Quezon III's comprehensive and engrossing talk about political blogging and Dean Alfar's funny and informative lecture about how to employ blogging to help your writing.
In Alfar's case, he was able to write his novel Salamanca by creating a blog for his novel-in-progress, and joined the now internationally famous National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where you have to finish a novel in 30 days. And he did become one of NaNoWriMo's graduates when he finished a first draft after a month. Next thing Alfar knew, Salamanca had won the first prize in the Palanca Awards.
kamusta no po sa lahat...andito po ako para po humingi ng mga advice sa mga batikang writer, at mga amatuer writer tulad ko...marami na po akong short stories and "novela" na nagawa ngunit mga kaibigan at classmates ko lang po ang nakakabasa dahil natatakot akong magpasa sa mga publication companies kasi natatakot po ako sa maari nilang sabihin...paano ko po ito ma oover come...
sa mga gusto ng sample chapters ng mga nobela ko at full version ng mga short stories ko po.,,e-mail nyo po ako sa firstname.lastname@example.org.
got 2 sziez al2 daiy!