A fair amount of this manifesto has been taken from the book and process entitled From Spark to Flame: Fanning Your Passion & Ideas into Money-making Magazine Articles that Make a Difference. (How’s that for a subtitle?)
So, if you’re impatient and want to ‘jump ahead’ or like the feel of a real book in your hands, you can pick up a copy. But I would still encourage you to subscribe to this site either through RSS Feed or via email because I’ll be adding additional information including real life examples. I’ll also be available to answer questions you post in the comment section.
So, as you can see from the subtitle above, the “one way to make a difference and $ with your writing” is to:
Write for Magazines
Now, let me be clear, I’m saying it’s one way. I’m not saying it’s the only way…not by a long shot. I’m also not claiming it’s necessarily the best way, at least not for everyone. I do know from personal experience it is one viable, proven way to make a difference with your writing while also making some money — good money. Will you become rich and famous doing it? I don’t know. I won’t make that claim. If rich and famous are your primary goals…well, honestly, I suspect there are many other easier ways to accomplish those goals than writing.
But if you know in your heart that you just ‘have to write’, it’s one of the primary ways you yearn to express yourself, then I encourage you to consider this approach:
Start by writing for magazines.
So, let me answer one question even as you may be asking it in your head? Why write for magazines?
I’m going to give you a few of my own personal reasons and also invite you to post some additional ones that come to mind. After all, I’m still a life coach and helping you to uncover your own reasons for writing is part of this first assignment.
Let me make one last point before giving you my list of reasons. When you read “write for magazines” realize that I’m talking about BOTH print magazines and online publications, which expands an already large market to a huge and growing market.
So, here’s why I highly recommend you fan your passion and ideas into money-making magazine articles that make a difference. Well, really several of the reasons to write for magazines can be found right there in the subtitle including:
1. There are many magazines that will pay and pay well for your ‘passion-filled’ ideas and expertise,
2. Writing those articles is a great way to make a difference.
3. It’s also a good way to ‘earn as you learn’. Think about it. It’s take far less time to research and write a saleable article that might typically run 1500 – 2000 words than it take to write a 200 to 300 page book.
4. It can also be a great way to end up writing a book. You may find that over time a series of the article you’ve written on a related topic can be reshaped into a book, as happened with my first book, Coaching To Win: Building Your Business Through Building Your Team. Most of that book first appeared as articles I wrote for a professional trade magazine and later became the chapters in the book.
5. One last one. Writing for magazines offer a lot of flexibility. Do you want to start by just having your writing be a hobby that pays. That’s cool. You can do that. Or it could be a part time pastime that supplements your other work, and of course, both of these starting points could grow into a full time writing career.
Okay, it’s your turn. Post your questions under the comment section. Also add to the list of reasons you might choose to write for magazines. Also post any concerns you have about writing for magazines.