Until Miss A. brought it up 2 weeks ago, I had never thought seriously about writing for money. I’d written plenty for good grades in school, which were very valuable to me, but it wasn’t quite the same as making a job of writing. I also wrote for my college newspaper during one summer, but only because my advisor said I had to. Miraculously, I survived. I write here because I have questions and ideas that I want to share with other writers, but the idea of writing for someone else (with editors, no less!) and knowing my words will be read by a larger audience than I find here, frightens me. My thoughts are not often as clear as I would like them to be, my punctuation skills need a lot of work, my transitions are in worse shape than my punctuation, and I need to establish the idea of brevity in my writing. I’m sure you’ve already figured out that last item! The point is I already know there are areas I need to work on, regardless of whether I write for a publication or just for myself. I just don’t want so many people to see my mistakes in print!
I’m bringing all of this up because I’ve got an opportunity to write for a small weekly publication where Miss A. lives. The trouble is that it focuses on stories that are local to its readers, but I live pretty well outside “local” for that area, and its guidelines sound more like a newspaper than anything else. Been there, never going back. So this opportunity doesn’t look like it will work out, but maybe there are others? Maybe I should start looking for other places to write, where if I don’t get paid, at least I will earn experience and a few references. Who knows? It just might open those stubborn doors I’ve been tugging on.
What do you think?
Have you ever written for a publication of any size? If so, what did you write about? What did you like and dislike about the experience?
If you haven’t written for a publication, what is one you would like to write for? Why? What would it take to convince you to contribute to it?