The Renegade Writer

Let’s Make Your Article Ideas Not Suck — Right Now

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In the Premium version of my Write for Magazines e-course, I critique three article ideas from each student.

I’ll take an idea that’s almost-but-not-quite there (which is almost every idea) and show the student how to play with it, how to experiment with different angles until it’s just right to pitch.

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Jun 8, 2014 Advice, Ideas

7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Idea Generation Skills Fresh This Winter

many small light bulbs equal big one

By Diana Burrell

Even I, a self-confessed idea junkie who loves nothing better than thinking up ideas to research and pitch to magazine editors, go through periods where all my ideas feel uninspired and blah. These periods usually occur mid-winter, when the days are short and the nights are long, boring, and cold.

Same for you? Here …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jan 2, 2014 Advice, Ass, Ideas, Motivation, Writing

How to Fake Your Way Into More Freelance Writing Gigs


By Linda Formichelli

Last week I got an email from a lady who said her name, Joan, pegged her as an older writer — and did that mean she was stuck writing for Mature Living magazine?

I get this question a lot, and I’d like to set my readers straight: Editors typically don’t care about your age, …… Click here to keep reading…

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Jun 3, 2013 Advice, Ideas, Marketing, Writing

From PubMed to Published: How to Use PubMed to Generate Ideas, Find Sources & More


By Jim Schmidt

By day, I am a research scientist for a biotech company; but by night (and by lunch!), I’m a freelance writer. During the day, I often need to consult scientific and medical literature databases to support my research, but I also use them to support my writing — for idea generation, securing interviews, …… Click here to keep reading…

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May 21, 2013 Ideas, Sources

You Ask, I Answer: Do I Develop the Article Idea First or Find the Market First?

By Linda Formichelli

Here’s a question I get often from my Write for Magazines e-course students: When I want to pitch an idea, do I come up with the idea or the market first?

And it’s a good question. Doesn’t it make more sense to find one market you really want to pitch, study it, and brainstorm …… Click here to keep reading…

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Mar 18, 2013 Advice, Ideas, You Ask, We Answer

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