Friday, April 24, 2009

Are You Stumped?

Are you stumped for something about which to write? Have you been staring out the window at the garden and thinking why can't I be there instead of here? Is your blank computer screen mocking you?

Maybe you need to think outside your comfort zone. It's possible there are markets you haven't considered. Do you usually write fiction? How about writing about your hobbies or interests instead?

If you look at market lists, you'll see there are magazines and ezines devoted to almost every subject from brewing coffee to raising reptiles. Are you an avid camper? There are magazines for RVers and magazines for tent campers. Not to mention all the regional magazines which would love pieces on places to stay and things to see.

Do you crochet or knit? Have you ever tried to create your own patterns? There are a number of pattern magazines which are hungry for new designers.

The garden that's calling to you may be a source of material for an article. Have you tried some new plants? Have you found a better way to start seeds? Do you know a trick for killing slugs or keeping deer or rodents out of your garden?

Don't feel frustrated if you can't think of something to write about. Just go to a market listing and check out magazines in the areas which appeal to you. Check over back issues to see what they publish. Put on your thinking cap and start writing.

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