Friday, August 7, 2009

Writing My Own Column

I have always wanted to write from a young age. A journalistic career even beckoned at one stage, until I realised that studying for a degree just wasn't my bag and writing fiction was more up my street. Now, a few years down the line, in the back of my mind, there was always that feeling of 'what if?', hence the fact that I added this task to my list. The fact that this particular task also came from my love of Sex and The City, also may have something to do with it as well! Who wouldn't want to be Carrie Bradshaw, living in her New York apartment with her fabulous shoe collection and getting paid to write a column about her life?


So where does a young (!!) Nottingham lass with a modest (but growing) shoe collection start in the land of the printed word? It seems the words start small, aim big is the motto of the day. On the recent Marie Claire 'How to get published' roadshow, a discussion began with regards for writing for magazines. Marie Claire very rarely print any articles from people who have not been published in any other publications, so working your way up from smaller publications seems to be the order of the day. Armed with that knowledge, I'm going to spend this weekend collecting various 'smaller' publications and submitting any article ideas that I may have and work from there.

Realistically my own column is not going to fall at my feet, I'm going to have to go out there and work for it. Although there is nothing to stop me from approaching larger organisations with my ideas, I think I have more chance starting off with the smaller ones. I have got an idea for a weekly blog column for a corporate company, so I'm still going to submit that (hopefully this weekend) and who knows, they may pick up the idea, they may not. I won't know until I try.

So consider this task, a work in progress at the moment and I'll update you of any progress along the way.

6 comments:

B said...

Good luck! Now I've got my course result I'm wanting to work out what my dreams are so I can follow them. I may re-read your list as inspiration ;)

Janette Jones said...

Cool and well done on your results! Time is my worst enemy at the moment - another couple of hours in the day would enable me to get so much more writing done, sigh...

Phil Lowe said...

All the best on your endeavours Janette. Monka was thinking of writing a column but he is devoid of shoes. Will this ruin his chances of becoming a top Monkey Journo?

Janette Jones said...

Definitely - great shoe collection = great writer, didn't you know that?!!

Willytheprince said...

Good luck! It's been something that I have often thought about, just never really did anything about...

I know you can do it.

Janette Jones said...

Thanks Heather, I'm going to give it a damn good try anyway!