Every writer has heard it age and again, and its not without merit: Inscription what you apperceive.
When I began freelancing, I was aloof out of college, so what did I inscription about? College. I wrote profiles of collegiate entrepreneurs, I wrote editorials about college action… and after a while, I really wanted to act on and inscription about other things. But I didnt air able.
Luckily, I didnt let that authority me back for too continued.
Inscription what you apperceive is a actual acceptable starting point. But thats all it is. Its a abode for you to action to amuse your feet wet, and a abode to come back to when the tide gets too aerial. But its not a abode to stay for actual continued.
A bigger piece of advice, in my assessment, is Inscription what you WANT to apperceive. One of the abundant perks of being a freelance writer is that you amuse paid to apprentice about things. So what accomplish you appetite to apprentice about?
If I had completely disregarded Inscription what you apperceive and simply opened a page of the Writers Marketplace at unintentional, figuring Id send a affair to whichever marketplace my finger happened to touch, my job would be actual altered today. I might accept ended up writing about finances, miniature horses, and aerobics. And you apperceive what? I would accept hated it.
I accept no acquaintance with any of the above topics, and theres a acceptable astuteness for that: I never really WANTED to accept acquaintance with them. Since I accept no absolute affection for any of the topics, if I had to inscription articles about them, it would air according to assignment.
But did you ever bar to anticipate about the things you always wanted to apperceive, but never activate out? Or all the absorbing bodies you wanted to accommodated? Or the problems youve encountered that you wanted solved? Any more those are article topics.
Ace shot this exercise. Fill in the blanks with your answers.
- If age and almighty dollar werent factors, Id adulation to booty a course in ___________________.
- Ive always wanted to buzz (person you apperceive)______________________ about _________________________.
- Ive always wanted to apperceive how __________________________ works.
- My action would advance if I could alone ______________________________.
- When I accept a sleepless after aphotic, its usually as Im worried about ____________________.
- The worst injustice I can anticipate of is ______________________________.
- When I was a baby, I was really passionate about _________________________.
- I accept always been embarrassed to admit that ________________________really interests me.
- In my action, I accept affected ___________________________________________.
- If I could volunteer for aloof one statement, it would be __________________________.
- I ambition I were bigger at ___________________________________.
- I accept always wondered why _________________________________________.
You may accept lots of answers for each statement. Thats abundant! Each answer is a possible article topic. Most of them wont be specific enough (or maybe too specific) for an article, but they should accord you lots of advanced starting points from which to brainstorm angles.
Anticipate of freelance writing as your own befalling to apprentice about all the things you ever wanted to apperceive, and dont anguish if youre not yet an expert in any of these areas! Among my favorite writing assignments accept been topics in which I had no previous expertise:
-An article about a woman who started her own greeting card bag for Womans Own. Of course, Ive never started my own greeting card bagbut the topic certainly absorbed me, and I wanted a acceptable excuse to apprentice added about it.
-An article about how media overload affects childrens adding to for KidsGrowth.com. Im not even a root, let alone an expert in child psychology. But Ive always wondered how increasing media immersion (TV, Internet, video games, radio, etc.) has affected bodies in MY begetting.
-An article about book packagers for Writers Digest. Okay, I had written for a book packager at that point– but aloof one, and I was eager to apprentice added about the industry and its players. It gave me the absolute excuse to contact book packagers and apprentice added about the marketplace. And If not for this article, I would never accept written Celine Dion’s book… I sent my resume and samples to one of the packagers I interviewed, and an editor there wound up calling me age subsequent with the assignment!
-Several articles about absorbing inventions for Zooba.com. How much amusing did I accept learning about how Velcro, aspirin, and Post-It Notes were invented? This fabricated for abundant dinner table conversation for weeks. My father always fancied himself a bit of a aberrant inventor, and I guess the gene spilled over to me. I devour these quirky stories of how the human apperception approaches botheration-solving creatively.
-Every disabilities-related article Ive ever written. Was I an expert in this area when I began? No. I accept a brother who has Down syndrome, so I had the statement of some extra compassionate, but I alone became an expert by writing about this topic over and over. Each age, I learned something advanced that I really wanted to apprentice– advanced legislation for bodies with disabilities, profiles of astonishing bodies with disabilities, issues of discrimination, etc.
When working to broaden your writing horizons, be sure to anticipate about two things: your passions, and your curiosities. You dont charge to inscription alone about topics that beggarly everything to you
About The Author
Jenna Glatzer is the editor of(pick up a FREE list of agents looking for advanced writers!) and the author of 14 books, including MAKE A REAL LIVING AS A FREELANCE WRITER, which comes with a FREE Editors’ Cheat Sheet. She’s again Celine Dion’s authorized biographer. Appointment Jenna at
This article was posted on August 11, 2005
Originall posted March 18, 2012