Writing



I have been lacking in blog posts, I know. However, what I have been lacking in blog posts I have made up in life experiences, collecting them along the way post college. So today, I am going to tell you what I learned from living in the so-called “real world” of adults, checkbooks, taxes, and bills, bills, bills.

The first lesson that I learned involved happiness. I took the first job offered to me out of college, a huge mistake. At an unnamed company I found myself hating what I did for work and found that quitting was the best option for me. So I got my first job and then learned how to quit my first job.

I found the job that I love in August and continue to go to work each day with a smile and a bit of sunshine. At the job….dunndunndunnn I WRITE! I write about one article a week for a local publication, and actually finally get to see my name in a byline. What is more is that I get to tell the stories of the people in the community around me and sometimes tell my own stories. I am learning that sometimes it is better to take a job that you love instead of one that provides security. After all, how do you ever know that you will have a job forever? In the days of old, people expected to have the same job for a lifetime as opposed to considering everything temporary and a learning tool.

At almost 22 my life is starting to take shape and I am loving every minute of it.

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Magazines fascinate me, with their shiny colored covers adorned with beautiful photographs and graphics. Reading magazines is one of my favorite pastimes, with their beautiful layouts and sometimes interesting stories that amaze and puzzle at the same time. In college I fancied myself an aspiring magazine writer when I took a feature writing course in the fall of my senior year, finding that I got A’s on nearly every feature I wrote. Writing is my passion and release from the outside world, and reading a great article is my escape from reality.

            When I was a little girl, my family subscribed to National Geographic, Yankee Magazine, and Gourmet. I also had my own subscriptions to American Girl, Seventeen, and Cosmo Girl. Each month I would wait in anticipation for the magazines to arrive and would greedily gobble up every word that very day. It still is hard for me to save magazines for another day. These days I am more likely to pick up The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Glamour and other assorted publications but the magic still lies between the gloss of the back and cover.

            Therefore, I have decided to go back to my magazine roots and become a freelance magazine writer in my spare moments when I am not working or being a 20 something with an real social life. I want to feel the sense of accomplishment when seeing my work published in a magazine that I would actually read myself. Therefore, I will begin the query letters and submissions to national magazines.

Does anyone have tips for being published? Any ideas on where I should submit my articles? Hot topics? Let me know!