The Renegade Writer

Here’s Why Your Cool Article Ideas Aren’t Selling

You come up with a mind-blowingly awesome article idea: You've discovered some really cool thing, and you want to write about it. For example, you've found out something fascinating about how train schedules are developed, or how makeup is made, or a unique museum, or a new business that's just opened its doors. So you have this ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Sep 2, 2014 Advice, Ideas, Writing

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

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. And you know the response I ...… Click here to keep reading...

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Jun 8, 2014 Advice, Ideas

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

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

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