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WRITE YOU ARE


Today I worked on an article for South Jersey Mom magazine. Writing for this local publication was something I started doing, not for the big bucks, as I’m paid in contributor copies and publishing credits (worth their weight in gold, right?) but for the practice of writing to deadline and to topic. Plus it makes me feel like a professional writer as opposed to a person who writes.

 

Adrienne Richardson, the editor, emails a list of article topics to her stable of writers, inviting us to respond with our top two picks. Sometimes I’m in the mood to do a piece that involves interviewing a local business woman or a local mom with an inspiring story. Sometimes I’m in the mood to cover a topic readers  might like to learn more about, like high fructose corn syrup, kids’ milestones or how and when to talk to kids about the birds and the bees. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to do any of the articles on offer, but I try to pick one anyway. I’m not sure how Adrienne decides who to assign each article topic to, but so far I’ve been fortunate to end up with my top choice each time.

 

No matter my mood, I always enjoy researching and writing the articles and I achieve a sense of accomplishment when I’m done, on deadline.

 

Of course, nothing beats the pleasure and pride of seeing one’s finished product in print.

 

And having a small fan following of neighbors and friends is pretty awesome too.




 

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kellyrfineman
Jan. 31st, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
You forgot to tell us all about the part where the people at your pool club were all squeeing about knowing you: a REAL AUTHOR!
angeladegroot
Feb. 1st, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
I had that in my draft, something along the lines of the small fan following of neighbors and friends being totally fabulous, but then took it out at the last minute.
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