I’m so thrived to have you here with me on this journey to become a magazine writer. But first, let me tell you something!
I worked as a web editor for the biggest female magazines publisher in Vietnam for almost two years (2012 – 2014), and later on with several magazines in Europe.
Having all these insider-experience under my belt, I’ll tell you that an average of 50% (at least) of all the articles you read in any magazine (both online and off) was written by freelancers, if not more, depends on where you’re and that kind of magazine it is.
I knew it so well since I was/am on both sides, both the editor and the freelance contributor.
However, back to the point. Let’s say we have 50%, and that’s a lot. It means there are many chances and opportunities for you out there to submit your best-writing-ever to the editors and get picked for the next issues!
So on this blog post, I’m going to tell you some secrets, and hope they will give you one more dose of motivation to kick-start your magazine writing career!
What does it take you to become a magazine writer?
1. Magazine writers, they are just normal people!
It know it may sound weird as a secret, but that is it. Magazine writers are just normal people like YOU, like me, like everybody.
Before entering the world of magazine writing, I actually thought that they must have had some super power or something like that, to write for magazines. I mean, it sounds so fancy, doesn’t it!
I used to ask questions (for myself, of course) like what kind of people they are, do they have any special DNA to thrive in writing, do they need any special education/skills/abilities/whatever to become a writer, etc.
And then I scored my first writing gig for the biggest travel magazine in Vietnam back in 2012. Then I started to realize that it’s actually quite easy to become a writer, as long as you know how to write and what to write about. (More on that later.)
Of course there are may magazine writers who hold a degree in journalism/communications/related subjects, and that’s a great advantage. However, it’s not a MUST.
2. You don’t have to quit your job to become a writer.
I was still working full-time as a PR Assistant when I started my writing job. I just quitted that job three months after for both relevant and irrelevant reasons.
But again, I didn’t have to quit my job to become a magazine writer.
You can write wherever and whenever you want, as long as you have your laptop with you to work on.
Last year, when I was still working downtown and had to commute for 30 minutes to get to work, I used my quiet time on the train in the early morning to write my gigs.
It worked smoothly, just a few hiccups when we went under the tunnels, meaning no WiFi signal 😉
As you can see, there’s no magic, no special tips and tricks or anything extraordinary to become a magazine writer.
If you’re thinking about becoming one, go for it! Just take the one first step, and things will start to roll in sooner than you may think.