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How to Get Into Magazine Writing: Tips for Planning and Pitching Your Articles

by Yen Cabag

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Magazine writing is a unique type of writing distinct from what you may find in a newspaper, journal, or essay. You might even be surprised to know that within magazine writing itself, each subgenre calls for different skills and styles. 

For example, you’d approach a long feature article differently than a human interest piece; and if you are undertaking an investigative exposé, it will clearly call for different skills than a book review or cultural critique! 

However, there are some basic principles and elements you need to master for any type of magazine writing. In this article, we’ll show you the general skills you need to succeed at writing for a magazine.

How Do You Start Writing for a Magazine? 

If you want to write for a magazine, you need to adjust to a medium that digital technology has radically transformed. As you’ve probably noticed, many of the magazines of today have migrated to online platforms, and are read primarily on web browsers or mobile apps, such as Apple News. 

The good news is that the online world has made it possible for more publications to spring up seemingly out of nowhere, giving you more options and places to pitch your ideas! Here are some tips to help you find your way into writing for magazines: 

Pitch your ideas to the appropriate magazine. 

Magazine writers are normally “hired” on the basis of their idea pitches, which are sent through a query letter . When you send your ideas, make sure your proposed topics are in tune with the magazine’s preferred themes. You don’t want to make the mistake of pitching a sports article to a magazine like Good Housekeeping .


With the increasing number of writers in the online space, magazines place a high value on specialization. For example, Brian Windhorst of ESPN fame reportedly rose among the ranks thanks to his expertise in basketball writing. You should focus on your strengths and leverage those for your writing. 

Go the extra mile when it comes to research. 

As a magazine writer, you will need to do a lot of research, but it’s better to do too much than too little. The more details you have on hand, the easier it will be to find the best slant for your article. And always be sure to fact check your information !

Write for the target audience of your chosen magazine.  

One of the biggest mistakes that magazine writers make is to overlook who the magazine’s target audience actually is. Remember, a magazine exists only because of its readers, so make sure you speak straight to their hearts in any piece you submit. For example, if you are writing for a scientific journal, your readers will likely prefer more research-based content, instead of emotionally-driven pieces. 

Contact the appropriate editor. 

The magazine playing field is highly dynamic, with many editors frequently leaving one publication to join another. 

Remember that as a writer, connections are everything! Your relationship with any given editor is always more important than your connection to the company—after all, they are your connection to any magazine! Value these relationships, as they are your only open door into getting your articles published. 

6 Common Types of Magazine Articles 

Here are some of the most common formats for magazine writing: 

  • Long-form investigative articles: These heavily-researched pieces tend to use numerous sources and citations, and can take months to write and edit. 
  • Character profiles: These articles can range from a few hundred words to several thousand. They focus on one person, and are often run as cover stories.
  • Commentary: Magazines that feature current events tend to feature commentaries, too. A very common example is a sports commentary article. 
  • Criticism: Critical commentary or reviews are common for books, art, music, and film. 
  • Humor: Usually shorter in length, magazines like The New Yorker contain humor articles. These are often found in weeklies that accompany newspapers. 
  • Fiction: Fiction also has a place in magazines like The New Yorker and Harper , usually in short story form or as excerpts from longer works. 

How Do You Write a Magazine Article?

Now that you have a run-down of the different types of magazine writing, let’s talk about how to write an actual magazine article. 

1. Choose a subject you are an expert in. 

Keeping true to our earlier advice of specializing, when you start to write a magazine article, choose a topic you show certain expertise in.

Publishers typically choose articles with an in-depth take on a subject, and that’s where your level of experience will come into play. The more authoritative you are, the greater the chances are that your article will make the cut. 

2. Choose an interesting angle. 

Magazine editors choose articles they believe will pique their readers’ interest. From your chosen topic, find the angles that may not have been discussed before, or at least a perspective that will catch your audience’s attention right from the get-go. 

3. Research.

Before you start writing, do your research. Even if you think you already know everything there is to know, there is always more to be gained by added research. Who knows, you might come across fresh information that will give you a new spin on your article. 

4. Write an outline. 

No matter what your experience level is in terms of writing articles, creating an outline will help you organize your thoughts and make sure you don’t miss any important angles. In your outline, you can also plan where you might add images, graphics, or testimonials to supplement your piece.

5. Start writing. 

The good news is that magazine writing is not terribly rigid in terms of structure and format. Be creative! Remember that readers of magazines usually read not just for information, but in order to be entertained, so write in a conversational tone when possible. 

6. Make sure you follow style guidelines. 

If you are writing an article for a specific magazine, ask about their style guidelines. There’s nothing more disappointing than pouring your heart and soul out writing a piece, only to have it rejected because it doesn’t meet the magazine’s guidelines!

How Is Magazine Writing Different From Other Types of Writing ?

One of the biggest distinctions between magazine writing and others types of writing is that magazines typically have their own house styles. Because writing articles for newspapers can follow a standard that is consistent throughout the country, it’s hardly possible to distinguish one newspaper from another simply by reading a couple of articles. 

Magazines pride themselves for having their own unique style. This is why it’s relatively easy to identify whether an article is from Vogue , or from Ladies’ Home Journal. The writing style and tone for a famous fashion magazine, geared towards women who are into the latest fashion, are distinctly different from the magazine targeted towards stay-at-home moms.

This means that one of the most important skills you need to develop as a magazine writer is the flexibility to adjust your writing style to meet these house requirements. 

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Yen Cabag

Yen Cabag is the Blog Writer of TCK Publishing. She is also a homeschooling mom, family coach, and speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, an educational philosophy that places great emphasis on classic literature and the masterpieces in art and music. She has also written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her passion is to see the next generation of children become lovers of reading and learning in the midst of short attention spans.

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How to Write a Magazine Article

Last Updated: October 11, 2023 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Gerald Posner . Gerald Posner is an Author & Journalist based in Miami, Florida. With over 35 years of experience, he specializes in investigative journalism, nonfiction books, and editorials. He holds a law degree from UC College of the Law, San Francisco, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley. He’s the author of thirteen books, including several New York Times bestsellers, the winner of the Florida Book Award for General Nonfiction, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History. He was also shortlisted for the Best Business Book of 2020 by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. There are 7 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 928,801 times.

Magazine articles can be a big boost for seasoned freelance writers or writers who are trying to jump-start their writing careers. In fact, there are no clear qualifications required for writing magazine articles except for a strong writing voice, a passion for research, and the ability to target your article pitches to the right publications. Though it may seem like magazines may be fading in the digital age, national magazines continue to thrive and can pay their writers $1 a word. [1] X Research source To write a good magazine article, you should focus on generating strong article ideas and crafting and revising the article with high attention to detail.

Generating Article Ideas

Step 1 Analyze publications you enjoy reading.

  • Check if the bylines match the names on the masthead. If the names on the bylines do not match the masthead names, this may be an indication that the publication hires freelance writers to contribute to its issues.
  • Look for the names and contact information of editors for specific areas. If you’re interested in writing about pop culture, identify the name and contact information of the arts editor. If you’re more interested in writing about current events, look for the name and contact information of the managing editor or the features editor. You should avoid contacting the executive editor or the editor-in-chief as they are too high up the chain and you will likely not interact with them as a freelance writer.
  • Note recent topics or issues covered in the publication and the angle or spin on the topics. Does the publication seem to go for more controversial takes on a topic or a more objective approach? Does the publication seem open to experimentation in form and content or are they more traditional?
  • Look at the headlines used by the publication and how the articles begin. Note if the headlines are shocking or vague. Check if the articles start with a quote, a statistic, or an anecdote. This will give you a good sense of the writing style that gets published in that particular publication.
  • Note the types of sources quoted in the articles. Are they academic or more laymen? Are there many sources quoted, or many different types of sources quoted?
  • Pay attention to how writers wrap up their articles in the publication. Do they end on a poignant quote? An interesting image? Or do they have a bold, concluding thought?

Step 2 Consider recent trends or topics you talked about with a friend or peer.

  • These inspiring conversations do not need to be about global problems or a large issue. Having conversations with your neighbors, your friends, and your peers can allow you to discuss local topics that could then turn into an article idea for a local magazine.

Step 3 Look up upcoming events in your area.

  • You should also look through your local newspaper for human interest stories that may have national relevance. You could then take the local story and pitch it to a magazine. You may come across a local story that feels incomplete or full of unanswered questions. This could then act as a story idea for a magazine article.

Step 4 Consider what other writers are publishing.

  • You can also set your Google alerts to notify you if keywords on topics of interest appear online. If you have Twitter or Instagram, you can use the hashtag option to search trending topics or issues that you can turn into article ideas.

Step 5 Think of a new angle on a familiar topic.

  • For example, rather than write about the psychological problems of social media on teenagers, which has been done many times in many different magazines, perhaps you can focus on a demographic that is not often discussed about social media: seniors and the elderly. This will give you a fresh approach to the topic and ensure your article is not just regurgitating a familiar angle.

Crafting the Article

Step 1 Research your article idea using sources like books and published texts.

  • Look for content written by experts in the field that relates to your article idea. If you are doing a magazine article on dying bee populations in California, for example, you should try to read texts written by at least two bee experts and/or a beekeeper who studies bee populations in California.
  • You should ensure any texts you use as part of your research are credible and accurate. Be wary of websites online that contain lots of advertisements or those that are not affiliated with a professionally recognized association or field of study. Make sure you check if any of the claims made by an author have been disputed by other experts in the field or have been challenged by other experts. Try to present a well-rounded approach to your research so you do not appear biased or slanted in your research.

Step 2 Locate individuals who could be good sources.

  • You can also do an online search for individuals who may serve as good expert sources based in your area. If you need a legal source, you may ask other freelance writers who they use or ask for a contact at a police station or in the legal system.

Step 3 Interview your sources.

  • Prepare a list of questions before the interview. Research the source’s background and level of expertise. Be specific in your questions, as interviewees usually like to see that you have done previous research and are aware of the source’s background.
  • Ask open-ended questions, avoid yes or no questions. For example, rather than asking, "Did you witness the test trials of this drug?" You can present an open-ended question, "What can you tell me about the test trials of this drug?" Be an active listener and try to minimize the amount of talking you do during the interview. The interview should be about the subject, not about you.
  • Make sure you end the interview with the question: “Is there anything I haven’t asked you about this topic that I should know about?” You can also ask for referrals to other sources by asking, “Who disagrees with you on your stance on this issue?” and “Who else should I talk to about this issue?”
  • Don’t be afraid to contact the source with follow-up questions as your research continues. As well, if you have any controversial or possibly offensive questions to ask the subject, save them for last.

Step 4 Transcribe your interviews.

  • The best way to transcribe your interviews is to sit down with headphones plugged into your tape recorder and set aside a few hours to type out the interviews. There is no short and quick way to transcribe unless you decide to use a transcription service, which will charge you a fee for transcribing your interviews.

Step 5 Create an article outline.

  • Your outline should include the main point or angle of the article in the introduction, followed by supporting points in the article body, and a restatement or further development of your main point or angle in your conclusion section.
  • The structure of your article will depend on the type of article you are writing. If you are writing an article on an interview with a noteworthy individual, your outline may be more straightforward and begin with the start of the interview and move to the end of the interview. But if you are writing an investigative report, you may start with the most relevant statements or statements that relate to recent news and work backward to the least relevant or more big picture statements. [10] X Research source
  • Keep in mind the word count of the article, as specified by your editor. You should keep the first draft within the word count or just above the word count so you do not lose track of your main point. Most editors will be clear about the required word count of the article and will expect you not to go over the word count, for example, 500 words for smaller articles and 2,000-3,000 words for a feature article. Most magazines prefer short and sweet over long and overly detailed, with a maximum of 12 pages, including graphics and images. [11] X Research source
  • You should also decide if you are going to include images or graphics in the article and where these graphics are going to come from. You may contribute your own photography or the publication may provide a photographer. If you are using graphics, you may need to have a graphic designer re create existing graphics or get permission to use the existing graphics.

Step 6 Use a hook first line.

  • Use an interesting or surprising example: This could be a personal experience that relates to the article topic or a key moment in an interview with a source that relates to the article topic. For example, you may start an article on beekeeping in California by using a discussion you had with a source: "Darryl Bernhardt never thought he would end up becoming the foremost expert on beekeeping in California."
  • Try a provocative quotation: This could be from a source from your research that raises interesting questions or introduces your angle on the topic. For example, you may quote a source who has a surprising stance on bee populations: "'Bees are more confused than ever,' Darryl Bernhart, the foremost expert in bees in California, tells me."
  • Use a vivid anecdote: An anecdote is a short story that carries moral or symbolic weight. Think of an anecdote that might be a poetic or powerful way to open your article. For example, you may relate a short story about coming across abandoned bee hives in California with one of your sources, an expert in bee populations in California.
  • Come up with a thought provoking question: Think of a question that will get your reader thinking and engaged in your topic, or that may surprise them. For example, for an article on beekeeping you may start with the question: "What if all the bees in California disappeared one day?"

Step 7 Weave in quotes from experts or reliable sources.

  • You want to avoid leaning too much on quotations to write the article for you. A good rule of thumb is to expand on a quotation once you use it and only use quotations when they feel necessary and impactful. The quotations should support the main angle of your article and back up any claims being made in the article.

Step 8 End on a strong concluding statement that illuminates or expands on your article topic.

  • You may want to lean on a strong quote from a source that feels like it points to future developments relating to the topic or the ongoing nature of the topic. Ending the article on a quote may also give the article more credibility, as you are allowing your sources to provide context for the reader.

Revising the Article

Step 1 Discuss the article with your editor.

  • Having a conversation about the article with your editor can offer you a set of professional eyes who can make sure the article fits within the writing style of the publication and reaches its best possible draft. You should be open to editor feedback and work with your editor to improve the draft of the article.

Step 2 Apply editor and peer feedback to the article.

  • You should also get a copy of the publication’s style sheet or contributors guidelines and make sure the article follows these rules and guidelines. Your article should adhere to these guidelines to ensure it is ready for publication by your deadline.

Step 3 Revise the article for flow and structure.

  • Most publications accept electronic submissions of articles. Talk with your editor to determine the best way to submit the revised article.

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Structure of a Magazine Article: The Full Guide

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The complete guide to the structure of a magazine article offers an in-depth look at creating enthralling magazine pieces, keeping the structure of a magazine article in focus.

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This comprehensive resource emphasizes the importance of mastering key elements to captivate your audience and produce high-quality content that effectively showcases the structural aspects of a well-crafted magazine article.

Introduction to the Structure of a Magazine Article: Laying the Foundation

Instead of a standard article, a magazine editorial often presents the writer’s opinion on a particular subject or issue. Although the content may be subjective, the structure of a magazine editorial should still follow a coherent and logical pattern. This ensures readers can easily follow the author’s argument and find the piece enjoyable.

The structure of a magazine editorial generally consists of several key components, including an attention-grabbing headline, an engaging lead, a well-organized body, and a firm conclusion. Each element plays a vital role in capturing the reader’s interest and effectively conveying the message.

The headline should be succinct yet powerful enough to pique the reader’s curiosity. It sets the tone for the entire editorial and helps readers decide whether to engage with the content further. A captivating lead follows the headline, briefly introducing the topic and drawing the reader into the heart of the editorial.

The body of the magazine editorial is where the author develops their argument or opinion. It is essential to present the information logically and coherently, using clear headings and subheadings to guide the reader through the narrative. Including compelling evidence, anecdotes, or quotes can also strengthen the writer’s argument and keep the reader interested.

Finally, a firm conclusion should summarize the editorial, summarizing the key points and providing a clear call to action or a thought-provoking statement. This creates a lasting impact on the reader and promotes further engagement with the topic.

Understanding the structure of a magazine editorial is vital for creating impactful and engaging content. By mastering the art of crafting powerful headlines, captivating leads, coherent body text, and firm conclusions, you can establish the groundwork for a successful magazine article that resonates with your audience and leaves a lasting impression.

Structure of a Magazine Article: Crafting Engaging Headlines and Subheadings

The power of an engaging headline and well-crafted subheadings cannot be understated when it comes to the success of a magazine article. These elements are instrumental in capturing the reader’s attention and guiding them through the content, playing a significant role in the overall magazine structure.

An enticing headline is the first point of contact between the reader and the article, and it can either facilitate or hinder their decision to delve further into the content. It should be short, impactful, and thought-provoking, effectively conveying the article’s essence in just a few words. Writing a captivating headline involves striking a balance between being informative and intriguing while remaining true to the subject.

Subheadings, on the other hand, break up the body of the article into digestible sections, making it easier for the reader to navigate through the content. They provide a clear roadmap of the article’s main points, helping the reader understand the flow of ideas and the magazine structure. Compelling subheadings should be concise, informative, and engaging, enticing the reader to continue reading and ensuring they can quickly grasp the key points being discussed.

In addition to their practical purposes, headlines and subheadings also contribute to the overall visual appeal of a magazine article. They help create a sense of hierarchy and organization, essential for maintaining the reader’s interest and making the content more accessible. By using varying font sizes, styles, and formatting techniques, designers can further emphasize the importance of these elements and enhance the article’s overall aesthetic.

Engaging headlines and subheadings are crucial to the magazine structure, serving functional and aesthetic purposes. By mastering the art of crafting these essential elements, writers and designers can ensure their magazine articles capture the reader’s attention, provide a straightforward and accessible narrative, and, ultimately, leave a lasting impression.

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Structure of a Magazine Article: How to Hook Your Readers from the Start

In magazine writing, the lead is crucial in captivating readers from the outset. Serving as the opening paragraph, it establishes the foundation for the remainder of the content and is a vital component in the structure of articles. A well-crafted lead piques the reader’s interest and encourages them to continue reading the entire piece.

The primary objective of a leader is to provide a glimpse into the central theme or argument of the article while leaving the reader wanting more. It should be engaging, concise, and informative, offering just enough information to entice the reader without giving away all the details. Striking the right balance between mystery and clarity is essential in creating a compelling lead that successfully hooks readers.

The structure of articles often varies depending on the subject matter and the target audience. Nevertheless, there are several tried-and-true approaches to crafting compelling leads. One such approach is the anecdotal lead, which opens with a captivating story or personal experience that sets the tone for the article. Another popular option is the question lead, which poses a thought-provoking inquiry that piques the reader’s curiosity and encourages them to read on in search of an answer.

Regardless of the chosen approach, keeping the lead concise and relevant to the article’s central theme is essential. Additionally, the lead should transition seamlessly into the body of the article, maintaining a logical flow that maintains the reader’s interest and involvement in the content.

Structure of a Magazine Article: Building a Compelling Narrative

In magazine writing, the body text forms the backbone of the article, providing the substance and depth required to convey the author’s message or argument effectively. Drawing inspiration from magazine editorial examples can help writers build a compelling narrative that keeps readers engaged and maintains their interest throughout the article.

One of the essential aspects of crafting a captivating body text is maintaining a clear and coherent structure. This can be achieved by using subheadings to break the content into smaller, digestible sections, making it easier for readers to follow the narrative and absorb the information presented. Magazine editorial examples often demonstrate how effective subheadings can guide the reader through the article, ensuring they can easily comprehend the key points and arguments.

Another critical aspect of constructing an engaging body text is to vary the sentence structure and maintain a natural, conversational tone. This helps the content feel more approachable and enjoyable to read, as opposed to overly formal or rigid. Examining magazine editorial examples can provide valuable insights into how experienced writers maintain a consistent voice and style throughout their articles, fostering a connection with the reader and making the content more relatable.

Furthermore, using compelling evidence, anecdotes, quotes, or statistics can significantly enhance the credibility and impact of the body text. These elements not only lend weight to the author’s arguments but also help to keep the reader’s interest piqued, encouraging them to continue reading and engage with the content more deeply.

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Structure of a Magazine Article: Visual Elements and Their Role

In magazine publishing, visual elements play a vital role in enhancing the reader’s experience and contributing to the overall structure of an article. As the adage states, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and this concept holds true when considering the structure of an article. Images, graphics, and other visual components can bring the written content to life, adding depth, context, and appeal to the magazine piece.

Functions of Visual Elements

One of the primary functions of visual elements in a magazine article is to break up large blocks of text, making the content more digestible and visually appealing. By incorporating relevant images or graphics throughout the article, writers and designers can create a more engaging and enjoyable reading experience for the audience. This not only makes the content more accessible but also helps to maintain the reader’s interest and attention.

Another essential function of visual elements is to provide additional context or information that may be difficult to convey through text alone. For example, data visualizations, such as charts or infographics , can effectively present complex information or statistics in a more easily understandable format. This enhances the reader’s comprehension of the subject matter and strengthens the overall impact of the article.

Furthermore, visual elements can also contribute to a magazine article’s overall aesthetic and design. By strategically using color, typography, and other design elements, designers can create a cohesive visual language that complements the written content and reflects the article’s theme or mood. This adds to the reader’s enjoyment and reinforces the magazine’s brand identity and style.

Understanding the structure of an article is complete by considering the role of visual elements. By incorporating relevant images, graphics, and design elements, writers and designers can create a more engaging and visually appealing magazine piece that captures the reader’s attention and enhances their overall experience.

Structure of a Magazine Article: Crafting a Memorable Ending

A well-crafted conclusion is an essential component of any compelling magazine article. It reinforces the main points and ideas, leaving the reader with a lasting impression and closure. Understanding how to structure an article involves organizing the content logically and ensuring that the conclusion ties everything together, providing a strong and memorable finish.

When crafting a memorable ending, it is crucial to reiterate the key points discussed throughout the article, summarizing the central argument or message. However, this should be done concisely, avoiding repetition or regurgitation of information. Instead, the conclusion should offer a fresh perspective or insight that adds depth to the article and encourages readers to further reflect on the subject.

Another effective technique when considering how to structure an article is to end with a call to action, a thought-provoking question, or a prediction. This can inspire the reader to engage with the topic beyond the article, fostering a sense of curiosity and leaving them with something to ponder. The conclusion can impact the reader by provoking an emotional response or encouraging further exploration.

In addition, the tone of the conclusion should be consistent with the rest of the article, maintaining a sense of cohesion and harmony. Whether the article is informative, persuasive, or narrative-driven, the conclusion should reflect the same style and voice, ensuring a smooth and satisfying reading experience.

Mastering how to structure an article involves organizing the content effectively and crafting a powerful and memorable conclusion. By summarizing the key points, offering fresh insights, and provoking thought or action, writers can ensure that their magazine articles resonate with readers and leave a lasting impact. By incorporating these techniques, you can create a compelling, engaging magazine article that stands out.

What are the critical components of a magazine article structure?

The critical components of a magazine article structure include an attention-grabbing headline, an engaging lead, a well-organized body, and a firm conclusion.

How do I write a captivating headline for my magazine article?

A captivating headline should be short, impactful, and thought-provoking, conveying the article’s essence in just a few words. Strive to balance being informative and intriguing while remaining true to the subject.

What role do subheadings play in the structure of a magazine article?

Subheadings break up the body of the article into digestible sections, making it easier for the reader to navigate through the content. They provide a clear roadmap of the article’s main points, helping the reader understand the flow of ideas and the magazine structure.

How can I write an engaging lead for my magazine article?

To write an engaging lead, provide a glimpse into the central theme or argument of the article while leaving the reader wanting more. Keep it concise and relevant to the article’s theme, striking the right balance between mystery and clarity.

What are some tips for crafting a compelling body text?

Craft a compelling body text, maintain a clear and coherent structure, vary sentence structure, and maintain a natural, conversational tone. Use subheadings, compelling evidence, anecdotes, quotes, or statistics to enhance the credibility and impact of the content.

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How to Write an Article for a Magazine: Expert Tips and Tricks

By: Author Paul Jenkins

Posted on Published: June 14, 2023  - Last updated: June 23, 2023

Categories Writing

Magazine writing is a unique form of art that requires writers to carefully blend elements of storytelling, informative research, and reader engagement. Crafting an article for a magazine demands a flair for creative writing and an understanding of the submission process and the specific expectations of the magazine’s audience.

With a clear idea of the subject matter and a strong knack for storytelling, anyone can venture into the world of magazine writing and make a lasting impact on the readers.

The journey of writing a magazine article begins with understanding the fundamentals of magazine articles and their unique characteristics. It requires a thorough understanding of the target market, a well-defined topic, and an unmistakable voice to engage readers.

By focusing on these aspects, writers can create articles that resonate with a magazine’s audience, leading to potential ongoing collaborations and publication opportunities.

Key Takeaways

  • Magazine writing involves a blend of storytelling, research, and reader engagement.
  • Understanding the target audience and article topic is crucial to success.
  • Focusing on writing quality and a unique voice can lead to ongoing publication opportunities.

Understanding Magazine Articles

Types of magazine articles.

Magazine articles can differ significantly from newspaper articles or other forms of writing . Several types of magazine articles include features, profiles, news stories, and opinion pieces. Feature articles are in-depth stories that provide substantial information about a specific subject, often written by freelance writers.

Profiles focus on an individual or organization, showcasing their accomplishments or perspective. News stories are shorter pieces that report timely events and updates, while opinion pieces allow writers to share their viewpoints on relevant matters.

The Purpose of a Magazine Article

The primary purpose of a magazine article is to entertain, inform, or educate its readers in an engaging and visually appealing manner. Magazine writing is crafted with the reader in mind, considering their interests, knowledge level, and preferences.

The tone, structure, and style may vary depending on the target audience and the magazine’s genre. This approach allows for a more flexible, creative, and conversational writing form than news articles or research reports.

Magazine articles are an excellent medium for freelance writers to showcase their writing skills and expertise on specific subjects. Whether they’re writing feature articles, profiles, or opinion pieces, consistency, factual accuracy, and a strong connection with the reader are essential elements of successful magazine writing.

Developing Your Article Idea

Finding a story idea.

Developing a great article idea starts with finding a unique and compelling story. As a freelance writer, you must stay updated on current events, trends, and niche topics that can spark curiosity in the readers.

Browse newspapers, magazine websites, blogs, and social media platforms to stay informed and derive inspiration for your topic. Engage in conversation with others or join online forums and groups that cater to your subject area for fresh insights.

Remember to select a theme familiar to you or one with expertise. This approach strengthens your article’s credibility and offers readers a fresh perspective.

Pitching to Magazine Editors

Once you’ve generated a story idea, the next step is to pitch your concept to magazine editors. Start by researching and building a list of potential magazines or publications suited to your topic. Keep in mind the target audience and interests of each publication.

Instead of submitting a complete article, compose a concise and engaging query letter. This letter should encompass a brief introduction, the main idea of your article, your writing credentials, and any previously published work or relevant experience.

When crafting your pitch, aim for clarity and brevity. Magazine editors often receive numerous submissions, so make sure your pitch stands out.

Tailor the tone of your query letter according to the general style of the target magazine, and consider mentioning specific sections or columns you believe your article would fit.

Patience and persistence are key attributes of successful freelance writers. Always be prepared to pitch your article idea to different magazine editors, and do not hesitate to ask for feedback in case of rejection. Refining and adapting your story ideas will increase your chances of getting published.

Remember to follow the guidelines and protocols established by the magazine or publication when submitting your query letter or article pitches. Also, some magazines may prefer to work with writers with prior experience or published work in their portfolios.

Consider starting with smaller publications or creating a blog to build your credibility and portfolio. With a well-developed article idea and a strong pitch, you’re on the right path to becoming a successful magazine writer.

Writing the Article

The writing process.

The writing process for a magazine article generally involves detailed research, outlining, and drafting before arriving at the final piece. To create a compelling article, identify your target audience and understand their preferences.

This will allow you to tailor your content to suit their needs and expectations. Next, gather relevant information and conduct interviews with experts, if necessary.

Once you have enough material, create an outline, organizing your thoughts and ideas logically. This helps ensure a smooth flow and lets you focus on each section as you write.

Revising your work several times is essential, checking for grammar, punctuation, and clarity. Ensure your language is concise and straightforward, making it accessible to a broad range of readers.

Creating an Engaging Opening

An engaging opening is critical in capturing the reader’s attention and setting the tone for the entire article. Begin your piece with a strong hook, such as an intriguing anecdote, a surprising fact, or a thought-provoking question. This will entice readers to continue reading and maintain their interest throughout the piece.

Remember that different publications may have varying preferences, so tailor your opening accordingly.

Organizing Your Content

Organizing your content is essential in creating a coherent and easy-to-read article. Consider segmenting your piece into sub-sections, using headings to clarify the flow and make the content more digestible. Here are some tips for organizing your content effectively:

  • Utilize bullet points or numbered lists to convey information in a simple, organized manner
  • Highlight crucial points with bold text to draw readers’ attention
  • Use tables to present data or comparisons that may be difficult to express in plain text

As you organize your content, keep your target audience in mind and prioritize readability and comprehension. Avoid making exaggerated or false claims, damaging your credibility and negatively impacting the reader’s experience.

Remember to adhere to the submission guidelines provided by the magazine, as each publication may have different preferences and requirements. Following these steps and maintaining a clear, confident tone can create an engaging and informative magazine article that resonates with your readers.

Polishing Your Article

Proofreading and editing.

Before submitting your article to a magazine, ensure it is polished and error-free. Start by proofreading for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes, making your article look more professional and credible. Using tools like grammar checkers is a good idea, but an experienced writer should also manually review their piece as the software might not detect some mistakes.

Editing your article is crucial, as it helps refine the structure and flow of your writing. Eliminate redundant or unnecessary words and reorganize paragraphs if needed. Consider asking a peer or a mentor to review it for an unbiased perspective.

Keep the magazine’s desired writing style in mind, and adapt your article suitably. For example, a news article may require a concise and informative tone, while a feature in a magazine on pop culture may call for a more conversational and engaging approach.

Using Appropriate Language and Style

To make your article stand out, it is essential to use appropriate language and style. Unlike online publication or social media writing, magazine journalism usually demands a more refined and professional tone. Focus on using a clear, neutral, knowledgeable voice conveying confidence and expertise.

Here are some tips to ensure your article fits the magazine’s desired style:

  • Ensure you have a compelling subject line that captures the reader’s attention.
  • Depending on the type of article you’re writing, decide if your piece should follow a more scholarly approach, like in a scholarly journal, or a more relaxed, opinion-based style found in lifestyle magazines.
  • Use relevant examples to support your points, but avoid making exaggerated or false claims.
  • Consider your audience and their interests. Choose the right vocabulary to engage them without making the content too pretentious or complicated.

By carefully proofreading and editing your work and using appropriate language and style, you can ensure your magazine article shines. Remember to stay true to your voice and the magazine’s requirements, and maintain a professional tone.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key components of a magazine article.

A magazine article typically includes a headline, introduction, body, and conclusion. The headline should be striking and attention-grabbing to capture the reader’s interest. The introduction sets the context and tone of the piece while giving the reader a taste of what to expect.

The body of the article is where the main content and message are conveyed, with vital information, examples, and analysis.

The conclusion summarizes the article by summarizing the main points and often providing a call to action or a thought-provoking question.

What is an effective writing style for a magazine article?

An effective writing style for a magazine article should be clear, concise, and engaging. It is essential to cater to the target audience by using language that resonates with them and addressing relevant topics. Keep sentences and paragraphs short and easily digestible, and avoid jargon unless the publication targets industry professionals.

Adopting a conversational tone while maintaining professionalism usually works well in magazine writing.

How should the introduction be written for a magazine article?

The introduction of a magazine article should engage the reader right from the start by grabbing their attention with a hook. This can be an interesting anecdote, a fascinating fact, or a provocative question. The introduction should also establish the flow of the rest of the article by providing brief context or outlining the piece’s structure.

What are the best practices for structuring a magazine article?

The structure of a magazine article should be well-organized and easy to follow. This often means using subheadings, bullet points, or numbered lists to break up the text and emphasize important content. Start with the most important information, then move on to supporting details and background information. Maintain a logical, coherent flow between paragraphs, ensuring each section builds on the previous one.

How can I make my magazine article engaging and informative?

To make a magazine article engaging and informative, focus on finding the right balance between providing valuable information and keeping the reader entertained. Use anecdotes, personal stories, and real-life examples to make the content relatable and genuine. When applicable, include engaging visuals (such as photos or illustrations), as they aid comprehension and make the article more appealing. Finally, address the reader directly when possible, making them feel more involved in the narrative.

What are some useful tips for editing and proofreading a magazine article?

When editing and proofreading a magazine article, focus on the bigger picture, such as organization and flow. Ensure that the structure is logical and transitions are smooth and seamless. Then, move on to sentence-level editing, examining grammar, punctuation, and style consistency. Ensure that redundancies and jargon are eliminated and that the voice and tone match the target audience and publication. Lastly, proofread for typos and errors, preferably using a fresh pair of eyes or a professional editing tool.

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Writing for Magazine: Types, Characteristics, Difference, Writing Styles

  • Post author: Anuj Kumar
  • Post published: 10 August 2021
  • Post category: Journalism
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Table of Contents

  • 1 What is Magazine?
  • 2 Characteristics of Magazines
  • 3.1 Size and Appearance
  • 3.2 Content
  • 3.4 Design and Layout
  • 3.5 Target Audience
  • 3.6 Readability
  • 3.7 Display Ads
  • 3.8 Visual Strength
  • 3.9 Shelf Life
  • 4 Basics of Magazine Writing
  • 5.1 Tell a Story
  • 5.2 The Beginning
  • 5.3 The Middle
  • 5.4 The Ending
  • 5.5 Extra Credit
  • 6.1 Narrative Writing
  • 6.2 Serialised Narrative Writing
  • 6.3 Descriptive Writing
  • 6.4 Persuasive Writing
  • 6.5 Imaginative Writing
  • 6.6 Visual Writing
  • 6.7 Multiple Inverted Pyramid
  • 7.1 General Interest Magazines
  • 7.2 Special Interest Magazines
  • 7.3 Farm Magazines
  • 7.4 Sports Magazines
  • 7.5 Business Magazines
  • 7.6 Environmental Magazines
  • 7.7 Entertainment Magazines
  • 7.8 Automobile Magazines
  • 7.9 Children’s Magazines
  • 7.10 Women’s Magazines
  • 7.11 Men’s Magazines
  • 7.12 Literary Magazines
  • 8.1 What is the difference between newspaper and magazine?
  • 8.2 What are the basics of magazine writing?
  • 8.3 What are the types of magazines?

What is Magazine?

A magazine is a publication that is issued periodically. It generally contains essays, stories, poems, articles, fiction, recipes, images, etc. Magazines are directed at a general and special audience, often published on a weekly or monthly basis.

A magazine can also be considered as a cabinet of curiosities; i.e. a display case in which interesting, unusual, and occasionally ‘eccentric’ objects are collected and displayed as a conversation piece or an expression of the writer’s wide-ranging interests or tastes.

The readers are treated with a fascinating, mind-expanding, and unique set of wonders they had never dreamt of.

Characteristics of Magazines

Characteristics of magazines While popular magazines provide broad overviews of topics, scholarly journals provide in-depth analysis of topics and report the findings of the research, and trade magazines report on industry trends, new products, or techniques.

A popular magazine that caters to the general public uses non-technical language. The contents of these magazines include interviews, general interest articles, and various types of features. They usually cover a wide range of topics based on research, source comments, and generalizations.

Articles are usually written by a staff writer or a journalist; in some cases, interesting articles of freelancers are also encouraged. They generally contain many interesting and sometimes sensuous photographs to attract readers.

In general, magazine articles are easy to read, fairly brief in length, and may include illustrations or photographs. Magazines don’t necessarily follow a specific format or structure in writing the articles.

Its attractive appearance, eye-catching cover pictures, and illustrations on quality paper make it more appealing to the reading public. Magazines also contain many colorful and impressive advertisements.

Difference between Newspaper and Magazine

Newspapers and magazines are two important forms of print media that are read by millions of people around the world. Some of the most common differences between newspapers and magazines can be seen through their size and appearance, content, style, target audience, design and layout, readability, and advertisements.

Let’s discuss the difference between newspapers and magazines :

Size and Appearance

Design and layout, target audience, readability, display ads, visual strength.

Newspapers are bigger in size and they can be folded. A story above the middle fold on the front page of a newspaper is considered the most important story and one that appears just below the fold is generally the second most important story.

If there are many important stories on a newspaper page, then the treatment given to a story will decide its importance: such as photos/graphics with a more important story and with no visual elements in other stories. The eyes of a reader can scan an entire page without a fold.

A magazine tends to have a “book-type” size while the newspaper is really meant to be spread arm’s length for the reader to grasp its contents.

Newspapers deal with reports clearly, briefly, and objectively. A magazine writer focuses on specialized topics and current issues of public interest. Newspapers remain the primary source of authentic, reliable, and latest information about what is happening around the world and even in one’s own locality.

But magazines are not sources of fresh content to the extent of publishing the breaking news. However, its content is specialized and recent in nature. Thus, we have various magazines such as entertainment, science, share markets, sports, glamour, and movies.

Newspapers are more versatile in content and hence they never fall short of content as there is always something happening in different parts of the world. On the other hand, magazine content is always based on the liking of the readers of diverse backgrounds.

Newspapers focus on catchy headlines to create interest in the reader. Many reporters and editors are employed in newspapers to prepare specialized reports and interpretative articles. But magazines have lesser staff. A magazine writer has more freedom to express or has more room for subjectivity.

She/he has the tenacity and freedom to express things in a creative manner. It further enhances the writer’s mastery of the expression by imploring these seemingly circular methods of self-expression.

The newspaper writer on the other hand is compounded to a somewhat strict, strong, and straight writing mostly based on facts and figures.

Newspapers are known for their simple layout and design . While the content is usually in black and white, the style and font are fairly consistent throughout. Magazines have much more visual expression than newspapers because magazines are not subject to one consistent layout.

Magazines use lots of colors, different types and sizes of fonts, and break up their articles with images and color.

The main difference between a newspaper and a magazine is that newspapers are written for a general audience , while magazines are for specific types of audiences. A magazine attracts varied target audiences . A newspaper’s target audience is determined by its geography and its focus is broad.

Here, the editor determines what the people should read, what they want and desire. In contrast, a magazine’s target audience is determined by demographics and interests. (‘Demographics’ means the physical characteristics of the individual such as race, gender, interest, education level, etc.).

News stories are usually written in a matter-of-fact style. But magazines employ colorful language so as to make the content enjoyable.

The newspaper readability level corresponds to a difficult classification built around tight grammatical and syntactical rules. Linguistic subjectivity which relies on expressive adjectives enhances the readability of magazines.

Though magazines and newspapers both provide readers with information, their format and appeal differ considerably. Magazines are more advertiser-driven than newspapers. Newspapers are slightly different in this regard. Newspapers are driven more by readership than by advertisers.

They focus more on catchy headlines in an effort to capture the reader’s interest and get him to read the entire story. Part of the reason for this is that people often associate what they read with an ad they see near the piece. Our minds just naturally attach and group objects and associations together.

Advertising giants know this and place their ads exactly in proper alignment with stories and articles they want to associate with their products on those specialized magazines.

The visual strength of magazines is enhanced with the effective use of color in magazines. In magazines, we can also use a color background whereas newspapers normally have only a white background. This means you can present more attractive color contrasts in your magazine visuals.

Another strength of magazines is a longer life . Newspapers are read-only once and then discarded. In contrast, magazines are commonly kept for several days, weeks, or months in magazine racks which provides for possible repeat reading.

Magazines use some of the highest-quality paper and ink to produce a visually appealing product meant to be kept and read longer than a newspaper. Magazines tend to focus on entertainment pieces, provide how-to-do articles and features about certain subjects within their chosen marketing niche.

Magazines also have advertisements taking up large amounts of page space to balance the cost of production.

Basics of Magazine Writing

The joy of magazine writing lies in its variety. Anything from a celebrity interview to a food recipe can be the topic for magazine articles and this variety demands versatility. Coverage of events for magazines offers challenges as well as opportunities to journalists.

A creative flair and innovative skill may help in producing masterpieces and also in creating an everlasting impression on the reader’s mind. The language used depends, to a certain extent, on the objective of the magazine.

Literary style is generally preferred by the magazine press. Thus magazine writing requires a different way of thinking, writing, and structuring. Effective magazine writing is accessible, interesting, lively, colorful, grabbing, and relevant.

Whatever be the type of publication a journalist writes for, the basic approach is the same: write for your readers. However, good writing for magazines depends on the adherence to some well-known guidelines.

Though there are not many lengthy rules, there are guidelines a magazine writer should follow to produce a stylish copy. The most important among them can be summarized as follows:

  • Know whom you are writing for, their interests and concerns.
  • Know what you want to say and achieve.
  • Always prefer the concrete to the abstract.
  • Be accurate and readable.
  • Have an attention grabbing intro.
  • Spend considerable time thinking about fresh ways to ap-proach the subject.
  • Keep materials and sentences short.
  • Promote a vibrant style.
  • Know the publication’s editorial policy to achieve your di-rection.

Magazine writers often develop a strong personal style that is opinionated, anecdotal, and gossipy while developing the content. The quality of the content and style are equally important. The wordplay and tricks of style make the piece entertaining to read.

How to Structure Magazine Article

As soon as you’re ready to write a magazine article, you need to think about structure. With magazine articles, you can move beyond the inverted pyramid style of news by scattering important points throughout the article .

Tell a Story

The beginning, extra credit.

The important thing to remember is that you’re telling a story to your readers. That means you need a beginning, a middle, and an end. It also means you need to think about where you’re taking your reader and create a logical path to that endpoint.

To get people to read your article, you need to find a way to grab them. For example, you can begin an article with a quote or an anecdote from a person’s life. However, you can also set the scene or use anything that will attract the reader’s attention.

With most magazine articles, you talk to a person or people. People like reading about other people, so if your interviewee says something good, use a quote rather than the reported speech. This makes your magazine article more interesting.

Finally, end with a bang. This could be in the form of an important point, a revelation, or another anecdote or quote. The idea is to satisfy your reader and to get that reader interested in your other writings as well.

When you do research for an article, you often have information left over that didn’t make it into the main piece. Don’t get rid of this. Use it to create a sidebar or table (editors will love this), or as the starting point for another article.

Magazine Writing Styles

Let us now discuss some of the common styles used by the magazines in their presentation of articles:

Narrative Writing

Serialised narrative writing, descriptive writing, persuasive writing, imaginative writing, visual writing, multiple inverted pyramid.

Narratives are works that provide an account of connected events. In a narrative style, you’ll need to tell a story in such a way that the audience learns a lesson or gains insight. Narrative writing is a type of writing in which the author places himself as the character and leads you to the story.

Here, is a narrative, a story or event is told through characters and dialogues. Narrative writing has definite and logical beginnings, intervals, and endings. Narrative writing uses many literary techniques to provide deeper meaning for the reader and it also helps the reader use his / her imagination to visualize situations.

Literary techniques include metaphors, similes, personification, imagery, hyperbole, alliteration, back story, flashback, flash-forward, foreshadowing, and narrative perspective or point of view.

In this style, you cannot find out what’s going to happen next. You have to wait. Here the writer really understands how to hold a reader by his/her side and make them stick on with the piece till the end. That’s the skill absolutely essential for this style of writing.

The first and most essential quality of a serial narrative is that it has to be immensely, intensely, and inescapably readable. They should have a powerful pull on all readers with the power of a delicious sense of enforced writing.

Descriptive writing focuses on describing a character, an event, or a place in great detail. It is sometimes poetic in nature in which the author is specifying the details of the event rather than just the information of that event.

In a descriptive style, the writer needs to describe a person, object, or event so vividly that the reader feels like s/he could reach out and touch it. The writer attempts to convey as many of the senses related to the subject as possible for a clearer understanding of what is being described.

Descriptive writing has a unique power and appeal, as it evokes sensory description through sights, smells, sounds, textures, and tastes through the text to your reader.

This writing revolves around convincing someone. Persuasion requires great skill and effort to convince your readers to endorse your opinion or viewpoint. You write with the sole objective of persuading your readers. Persuasive writing utilizes the power of words to confidently and passionately convey a very important matter.

Such writings are usually written with precision and authority. Persuasive texts are set out to argue and prove a case by presenting ideas that follow a logical progression. It aims to convince a targeted audience of the validity of a viewpoint on an issue by presenting logical arguments.

Imaginative writings present ideas, issues, and arguments in an imaginative and credible way through the description, characters, settings, figurative language, the five senses, etc. Imaginative writing assumes the form of fiction, specifically short stories.

Depending on the idea, the imaginative article can discuss anything from space travel to civil rights. Because of this wide variation, some imaginative pieces require a very serious response, while others invite a much more light-hearted, fantastic one.

Usually, imaginative write-ups start with a hypothetical situation and ask how you would respond to it. It should be credible and plausible and must convey information through the description and figurative language. Add sensory details and realistic conversation.

Also include imaginary interactions with the characters. The characters should be dynamic in nature and they should see things differently or act differently by the end of the story. Narrate and describe events, characters, and situations.

Visual writing is a good language for storytelling in any medium. It focuses on the mind, distinctive details from the intricately interconnected experiences of the individual. Visual writing creates depth, quality, and pacing.

The visual style isn’t an extension of the writing, but it has to be embedded into the writing in a way that the reader may not even be aware of its presence. This means the visual style is not about adding more but enriching an already existing text.

Visual communication engages meaningful experiences and feelings within individuals through richly embedded image symbols which are conveyed either directly through text or indirectly through other senses.

In the field of magazine journalism , the term ‘multiple inverted pyramid approach’ refers to a style of writing which informs and entertains the readers through self-sufficiently built plots of information, each of which may be arranged in the form of an inverted pyramid.

The fact is that the idea of the whole story is spilled in the first paragraph itself. The reader can decide whether to continue reading the details or to go into something else. But even if the reader stops at a certain point, this form of writing may provide some essential facts to the readers.

Types of Magazines

Today, there are thousands of magazines worldwide. They inspire, inform, educate and entertain audiences across the globe. Nearly 600 years after the advent of the printing press, magazines continue to change the nature of things throughout the world.

The major types of magazines are briefly explained below:

General Interest Magazines

Special interest magazines, farm magazines, sports magazines, business magazines, environmental magazines, entertainment magazines, automobile magazines, children’s magazines, women’s magazines, men’s magazines, literary magazines.

This type of magazine is published for a wider audience to provide information, in a general manner and the focus is on many different subjects. The main purpose of a general interest magazine is to provide information for the general audience. No background knowledge or expertise is assumed.

Articles usually provide broad coverage of topics of current interest. They are written by journalists, freelance writers, or staff correspondents of the magazine. These periodicals may be quite attractive in appearance, with articles often heavily illustrated with photographs.

The language of these publications is geared to any educated audience. There is no especially assumed target audience. Mere interest and a certain level of intelligence are only required to read and enjoy such magazines.

These are usually published by commercial enterprises, though some are published by professional organizations. Examples of general-interest periodicals are Time, Newsweek, Outlook, India Today, and The Week.

Special interest publications are magazines directed at specific groups of readers with common interests. Most special interest magazines cater to any specific interests or pursuits. For instance, there are magazines that cover sports, news, fashion, business, music, and so on.

While some attempt to cover all aspects of a broad subject, others are concerned only with a particular element of the general subject. Sports Illustrated, for example, contains stories on practically any sport, but Golf Digest carries only stories related to golf.

Other special interest publications find their audiences through different demographic segmentation. There are magazines published primarily for men (Field and Stream, Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ), etc.), women (Woman’s World, Grihalekshmi, Vanitha, etc.), boys (Boys’ Life) and girls (Teen Vogue). Specialized periodicals also serve most professions, industries, and organizations.

These are magazines featuring news and information pertaining to the agricultural sector. It is a resource for farmers and vendors of farmers’ markets.

There are various farm magazines that contain information about various farming equipment, farming practices, ideas and technology suitable to small and big farms, raising unusual livestock, growing high-value crops, direct marketing of their products to bring in more income, the latest techniques for growing bountiful, nutritious crops and many more articles that could provide information to the farmers who are their target audience.

They also share the success stories of artisans and farmers, on government policies and programs, and also about how to promote their business by reaching new customers and develop value-added products.

A sports magazine usually features articles or segments on sports comprising of many photographic images and illustrations. Some magazines concentrate on all general sports news and related issues while others concentrate on specific sports or games such as football, baseball, athletics, etc.

But the common aim of any sports magazine is to take fans inside the game and provide a mix of columns, features, profiles of their favorite players, scores, statistics, and analysis of the game.

News and information about sports, reviews, interviews, expert advice, player profiles, season previews, predictions, and pre-game analysis as well as quality photos are some of the main ingredients in a sports magazine.

Most of these magazines are dedicated to the dissemination of information related to particular business areas like accounting, banking, finance, international business, management, marketing and sales, real estate, small business, etc.

They explore the latest news and reviews on current trends in the world of business. Business magazines offer readers an unparalleled look at business and economic news, with incomparable access to business drivers around the globe.

It also provides the most recent news about trends and developments in global business, financial markets, and personal finance.

The aim of this type of magazine is to provide information about environmental issues and to share ideas about our very diverse and dynamic environment so that readers can live more sustainable lives and connect themselves to ideas and ongoing efforts for change, as well as for building a more just and sustainable future.

They cover everything environmental – from the big issues like climate change, renewable energy, toxins, and health to the topics that directly impact the readers’ daily lives: population, poverty, consumption, and the environment in general.

In-depth reviews of major policy reports, conferences, environmental education initiatives, environmental reports, and photos from around the world with an emphasis on human involvement in an environmentally changed scenario are some of the highlighted features of environmental magazines .

Entertainment magazines are usually glossy in nature and provide entertainment. They usually carry news, original stories, scandals, gossips, and exclusives about celebrities in various entertainment fields such as film, music, TV, fashion, and related similar areas of the industry.

Cultural criticism, beauty, lifestyle trends, and shopping guides also find expression in such magazines. As its main focus is on celebrity fashion or lifestyle, it is graphically rich in nature, featuring many photographs or other images.

Automobile magazines offer a rich and varied examination of the automotive universe in all its forms, illustrated with vibrant photography. They present interesting automotive news in the industry and celebrate the automotive lifestyle and its personalities, past and present.

It also offers insights into emerging trends in the industry and also creates images of whatever comes next in the written and visual form.

Updates in the motor vehicle arena such as newly arrived cars and bikes, contemporary style of vehicles, recommendations to buyers, reviews of newly launched vehicles are some of the attractive elements in these magazines.

The main aim of children’s magazines is to engage children to learn new things through entertainment and to provide memories that last a lifetime. The content is delivered through colorful images, read-aloud stories, and various fun activities that both the parent as well as the child can enjoy together.

Children’s magazines are designed to set young children on the path to becoming curious, creative, caring, confident individuals through reading, thinking, and learning with a wide variety of stories, puzzles, crafts, games, and activities. 3D children’s magazines are now on sale in Kerala.

Women’s magazines play a variety of roles as educators, family counselors, beauty specialists,s and lifestyle experts. Women’s magazines, on many occasions, have become an arena for debate and promotion of education for women.

The personal nature of the content also makes it a unique material specifically for women. The gorgeous photographs, engaging designs, and innovative styles make them attractive.

The outlook of a women’s magazine is an intelligent perspective that is focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress. They reflect the spirit of today’s woman – changing with the times, moving with trends, styles, and fashion.

Men’s magazines bring the latest style tips, travel guides, lifestyle improvement, offering advice and information useful to men on a variety of topics including money , health, sports, cars, adventure, politics, and so on. Men’s magazines use masculinity as a marketing tool.

A literary magazine devoted to literature, usually publishes short stories, poetry, essays, literary criticism, book reviews, biographical profiles of authors, interviews, and any content related to literature.

Its aim is to promote literature, encompass an overall sense of the word, preserve indigenous literature and provide a platform for creative writers through its articles.

FAQs About Writing for Magazine

What is the difference between newspaper and magazine.

These are the following points of difference between newspapers and magazines: 1. Size and Appearance 2. Content 3. Style 4. Design and Layout 5. Target Audience 6. Readability 7. Display Ads 8. Visual Strength 9. Shelf Life.

What are the basics of magazine writing?

The following are the magazine writing styles: 1. Narrative Writing 2. Serialized Narrative Writing 3. Descriptive Writing 4. Persuasive Writing 5. Imaginative Writing 6. Visual Writing 7. Multiple Inverted Pyramid.

What are the types of magazines?

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Associated Press style provides guidelines for news writing. Many newspapers, magazines and public relations offices across the United States use AP style. Although some publications such as the New York Times have developed their own style guidelines, a basic knowledge of AP style is considered essential to those who want to work in print journalism.

This Web page is intended to provide an introduction to AP style and a summary of some AP style rules; however, the Associated Press Stylebook includes more than 5,000 entries – far more than can be covered here. For a complete guide to AP style, writers should consult the most recent edition of the Associated Press Stylebook or visit the AP Stylebook website .

The content of newspapers and other mass media is typically the result of many different writers and editors working together. AP style provides consistent guidelines for such publications in terms of grammar, spelling, punctuation and language usage. Some guiding principles behind AP style are:

  • Consistency

AP style also aims to avoid stereotypes and unintentionally offensive language.

Common Style Guidelines

The Associated Press Stylebook provides an A-Z guide to issues such as capitalization, abbreviation, punctuation, spelling, numerals and many other questions of language usage. What follows are summaries of some of the most common style rules.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Some widely known abbreviations are required in certain situations, while others are acceptable but not required in some contexts. For example, Dr., Gov., Lt. Gov., Rep., the Rev. and Sen. are required before a person’s full name when they occur outside a direct quotation. Please note, that medical and political titles only need to be used on first reference when they appear outside of a direct quote. For courtesy titles, use these on second reference or when specifically requested. Other acronyms and abbreviations are acceptable but not required (i.e. FBI, CIA, GOP). The context should govern such decisions.

As a general rule, though, you should avoid what the Associated Press Stylebook calls “alphabet soup.” Consult the Associated Press Stylebook for specific cases.

For numbered addresses, always use figures. Abbreviate Ave., Blvd., and St. and directional cues when used with a numbered address. Always spell out other words such as alley, drive and road . If the street name or directional cue is used without a numbered address, it should be capitalized and spelled out. If a street name is a number, spell out First through Ninth and use figures for 10th and higher. Here are some examples of correctly formatted addresses: 101 N. Grant St., Northwestern Avenue, South Ninth Street, 102 S. 10th St., 605 Woodside Drive.

For ages, always use figures. If the age is used as an adjective or as a substitute for a noun, then it should be hyphenated. Don’t use apostrophes when describing an age range. Examples: A 21-year-old student. The student is 21 years old. The girl, 8, has a brother, 11. The contest is for 18-year-olds. He is in his 20s.

Books, Periodicals, Reference Works, and Other Types of Compositions

Use quotation marks around the titles of books, songs, television shows, computer games, poems, lectures, speeches and works of art. Examples: Author Porter Shreve read from his new book, “When the White House Was Ours.” They sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game.

Do not use quotations around the names of magazine, newspapers, the Bible or books that are catalogues of reference materials. Examples: The Washington Post first reported the story. He reads the Bible every morning.

Do not underline or italicize any of the above.

Dates, Months, Years, Days of the Week

For dates and years, use figures. Do not use st, nd, rd, or th with dates, and use Arabic figures. Always capitalize months. Spell out the month unless it is used with a date. When used with a date, abbreviate only the following months: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec.

Commas are not necessary if only a year and month are given, but commas should be used to set off a year if the date, month and year are given. Use the letter s but not an apostrophe after the figures when expressing decades or centuries. Do, however, use an apostrophe before figures expressing a decade if numerals are left out. Examples: Classes begin Aug. 25. Purdue University was founded May 6, 1869. The semester begins in January. The 1800s. The ’90s.

If you refer to an event that occurred the day prior to when the article will appear, do not use the word yesterday. Instead, use the day of the week. Capitalize days of the week, but do not abbreviate. If an event occurs more than seven days before or after the current date, use the month and a figure.

Newspapers use datelines when the information for a story is obtained outside the paper’s hometown or general area of service. Datelines appear at the beginning of stories and include the name of the city in all capital letters, usually followed the state or territory in which the city is located. The Associated Press Stylebook lists 30 U.S. cities that do not need to be followed by the name of a state. See states and cities below. Examples:

  • DENVER – The Democratic National Convention began...
  • ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Republican National Convention began...
  • YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – President Bush spoke to a group...

When writing about height, weight or other dimensions, use figures and spell out words such as feet, miles, etc. Examples: She is 5-foot-3. He wrote with a 2-inch pencil.

Use figures for any distances over 10. For any distances below 10, spell out the distance. Examples: My flight covered 1,113 miles. The airport runway is three miles long.

Always use a person’s first and last name the first time they are mentioned in a story. Only use last names on second reference. Do not use courtesy titles such as Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms. unless they are part of a direct quotation or are needed to differentiate between people who have the same last name.

Never begin a sentence with a figure, except for sentences that begin with a year. Examples: Two hundred freshmen attended. Five actors took the stage. 1776 was an important year.

Use roman numerals to describe wars and to show sequences for people. Examples: World War II, Pope John Paul II, Elizabeth II.

For ordinal numbers, spell out first through ninth and use figures for 10th and above when describing order in time or location. Examples: second base, 10th in a row. Some ordinal numbers, such as those indicating political or geographic order, should use figures in all cases. Examples: 3rd District Court, 9th ward.

For cardinal numbers, consult individual entries in the Associated Press Stylebook. If no usage is specified, spell out numbers below 10 and use figures for numbers 10 and above. Example: The man had five children and 11 grandchildren.

When referring to money, use numerals. For cents or amounts of $1 million or more, spell the words cents, million, billion, trillion etc. Examples: $26.52, $100,200, $8 million, 6 cents.


Use a single space after a period.

Do not use commas before a conjunction in a simple series. Example: In art class, they learned that red, yellow and blue are primary colors. His brothers are Tom, Joe, Frank and Pete. However, a comma should be used before the terminal conjunction in a complex series, if part of that series also contains a conjunction. Example: Purdue University's English Department offers doctoral majors in Literature, Second Language Studies, English Language and Linguistics, and Rhetoric and Composition.

Commas and periods go within quotation marks. Example: “I did nothing wrong,” he said. She said, “Let’s go to the Purdue game.”

States and Cities

When the name of a state name appears in the body of a text, spell it out. State abbreviations should also be avoided in headlines where possible. States should be abbreviated when used as part of a short-form political affiliation. Examples: He was travelling to Nashville, Tenn. The peace accord was signed in Dayton, Ohio. The storm began in Indiana and moved west toward Peoria, Ill. Updated guidance to AP style notes that state names can also be abbreviated for the following purposes:

  • Naming states in dateline text
  • Naming states in photo captions
  • Naming states in lists or tables
  • Naming states in in editor's notes and credit lines

Here is how each state is abbreviated in AP style (with the postal code abbreviations in parentheses):

You will notice that eight states are missing from this list. That is because Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah are never abbreviated.

AP style does not require the name of a state to accompany the names of the following 30 cities:

The exact time when an event has occurred or will occur is unnecessary for most stories. Of course, there are occasions when the time of day is important. In such cases, use figures, but spell out noon and midnight . Use a colon to separate hours from minutes, but do not use :00 . Examples: 1 p.m., 3:30 a.m.

Generally, capitalize formal titles when they appear before a person’s name, but lowercase titles if they are informal, appear without a person’s name, follow a person’s name or are set off before a name by commas. Also, lowercase adjectives that designate the status of a title. If a title is long, place it after the person’s name, or set it off with commas before the person’s name. Examples: President Bush; President-elect Obama; Sen. Harry Reid; Evan Bayh, a senator from Indiana; the senior senator from Indiana, Dick Lugar; former President George H.W. Bush; Paul Schneider, deputy secretary of homeland security.

Technological Terms

Here are the correct spelling and capitalization rules for some common technological terms:

  • BlackBerry, BlackBerrys
  • eBay Inc. (use EBay Inc. when the word begins a sentence)
  • e-book reader
  • Google, Googling, Googled
  • IM ( IMed, IMing ; for first reference, use instant messenger )
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod (use IPad, IPhone, or IPod when the word begins a sentence)
  • social media
  • Twitter, tweet, tweeted, retweet
  • World Wide Web, website (see the AP's tweet about the change) , Web page
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  • Revising & Rewriting
  • Nonfiction Writing
  • Academic Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • Literary Agents
  • Getting Published
  • Fiction Writing
  • Self-Publishing
  • Marketing & Selling Books
  • Building a Blog
  • Making Money Blogging
  • Boosting Blog Traffic
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11 Most Popular Types of Articles to Write for Magazines

  • September 4, 2023

Want to write for magazines? This list includes feature stories, roundups, profiles, research shorts, human interest, how-to articles and more. You’ll be surprised by how many types of online and print magazine articles you can write! Whether you’re an aspiring freelance writer or an established author you’ll find lots of ideas in this list.

Learning about the different types of magazine articles is one thing. More important is finding courage to write boldly and the strength to keep pitching ideas to editors! May you get published again and again. And, may you prepare yourself to do the work now — before the day ends and you lose your momentum.

The most important thing to remember when you’re looking for different types of magazine articles to write is your audience. Learn how to slant your writing to the target audience, publisher, and editor of the magazine or publication. Books like  Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published – are essential to your success. They reveal details and information for freelance writers that you won’t find online.

“You can’t sit in a rocking chair with a lily in your hand and wait for the Mood,” writes author Faith Baldwin in The Writer’s Handbook . “You have to work. You have to work hard and unremittingly, and sacrifice a great deal; and when you fall at, or fail to clear, an obstacle (usually an editor), you have to pick yourself up and go on.”

A crucial part of earning money as a freelance writer is knowing what to work hard on. Learning about the different types of magazine articles is an excellent way to start a freelance writing career, or even boost a faltering author’s yearly income. If you’re serious about selling your writing and making money writing, you need to be constantly learning about writing, getting published, and working with editors.

“Two types of articles continue to dominate the changing field of magazine publishing,” writes Nancy Hamilton in Magazine Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Success . “The personality profile and the how-to story with its self-help variant. Together, they account for an estimated 72% of magazine feature material.”

11 Different Types of Magazine Articles

I’ve been published in several different magazines (such as  Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Women’s Health  and More ) and have written each one of these different types of magazine articles…except for the exposé. My favorite is writing research shorts for magazines – but they are just that ( short ) and thus don’t pay much.

As you read through the following types of articles, think about which one you most like to read. This will help you decide what type of article to research and write. The best writing comes from writers who are enjoying their work and passionate about their topic, so don’t hesitate to choose the project that lights your fire.

1. “How To” Articles

“Easily the most popular and the shortest and easiest to write, the how-to article with its self-help variant gives instructions for how to do or be something or how to do it better,” writes Hamilton in Magazine Writing .

“How to” articles:

  • Make a rousing promise of success
  • Describe what you need in easy to follow instructions
  • Give step-by-step directions (sometimes with subtitles)
  • Include shortcomings or warnings
  • Tell how to locate supplies
  • Give proofs and promises
  • Make referrals to other sources

Examples of “how to” articles are: “How to Write Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish” or “How Freelance Writers Earn a $100,000 Every Year” or How to Think Like a Magazine Editor – 8 Tips for Writers . “How to” articles are my favorite type of feature articles; they simply tell readers how to do something.

Tip for freelance writers: Some magazine or newspaper editors require writers to submit their own photos for how-to articles. Before you accept an assignment from an editor, ask what their photo policy is.

2. Profile and Interview Articles

This popular type of article describes a contemporary or historical person – but a profile doesn’t have to be about a human being! Animals, communities, nations, states, provinces, companies, associations, churches can all be profiled (but not necessarily interviewed).

Personality profiles and interview articles:

  • Have different definitions. In a personality profile, you use additional sources, such as friends, family, kids, neighbors, colleagues. In an interview, you talk to the source him or herself – preferably in person.
  • Can have a theme or focus.
  • Can be presented as a “Q & A” or a written article.
  • Require strong interviewing and perception skills for the “best” information

Examples of profiles or interview articles are: “The Real Natalie Goldberg and Her Real Writing Career” or “Anne Lamott Shares Her Secrets for Writing Different Types of Magazine Articles.” Profiles and interview are two different types of magazine articles to write.

About this type of magazine article Hamilton says, “The most successful personality profile allows the reader to experience the story directly without having to filter that experience through the ‘I’ of an unknown writer. Despite this common-sense perspective, many magazines today prefer the ‘I’ approach for personality profiles.” Why? Because most editors want to encourage a personal relationship between the magazine and the reader by addressing them personally.

Most Popular Types of Articles to Write for Magazines

3. Informative or Service Articles

Informative articles are also know as “survey articles.” They often offer information about a specific field, such as sports medicine, health writing, ocean currents, politics, etc. Service articles are similar, but often used as shorter fillers. Service articles offer a few pieces of good advice or tips, but aren’t usually long or involved.

Informative or service articles:

  • Focus on one unique aspect, or the “handle”
  • Describe what-to, how-to, when-to, why-to, etc.
  • Answer the journalist’s who, what, when, where, why, and how questions
  • Can end with a “how-to” piece as a sidebar

Examples of this type of magazine article include: “How to Write Query Letters for Magazines” or “ 10 Magazine Writing Tips From a Reader’s Digest Editor ” or “11 Types of Magazine Articles to Write for Magazines.”

The informative or service article is similar to the how-to type of magazine article. I’d love to write a service article for the SPCA, but I’m too busy with my blogs to pitch article ideas to editors.

4. The Alarmer-Exposé

“A Reader’s Digest staple, the alarmer-exposé is designed to alert and move the reader to action,” writes Hamilton in Magazine Writing . “Well-researched and heavy with documentation, this type of magazine article takes a stance and adopts a particular point of view on a timely and often controversial issue. Its purpose is to expose what’s wrong here.”

  • Shocks or surprises readers
  • Includes statistics, quotes, anecdotes
  • Can range from how extension cords can kill to new info on Watergate

“This article is best written by an established writer who is skilled in reporting an issue and building a case without flagrant – and apparent – bias,” says Hamilton.

Examples of an exposé magazine article are: “Stephen King’s Ghostwriter Reveals Secret Writing Career” or “95% of Natalie Goldberg’s Writing is From a Ghostwriter!” Those aren’t actual feature articles that were written by freelance writers – they’re just examples of the different types of magazine articles.

5. Human Interest Magazine Articles:

  • Usually start with an anecdote
  • Are often chronologically organized

Examples of human interest magazine articles are: “Anne Lamott Shares Her Secrets to Success as a Single Mother and Bestselling Author” or “Mark Twain’s Great-Granddaughter Discovers a Brand New Type of Magazine Article.” This type of feature article interests the majority of readers of a specific, niched magazine.

People  is currently one of the most popular magazines on the market, and it specializes in this type of article. If you find someone who has done or experienced something extraordinary – and if your writing skills are pretty good – you might consider sending a query letter to the editors at People .

6. Essay, Narrative, or Opinion Articles

This is my least favorite type of magazine article or blog post to write! I’m not a big writer of personal stories (nor do I like to read autobiographies, biographies, or personal blogs). I’d much rather encourage readers by sharing information – such as these 11 different types of articles to write magazines 🙂

Essay, narrative, or opinion articles:

  • Usually revolve around an important or timely subject (if they’re to be published in a newspaper or “serious” magazine)
  • Are harder to sell if you’re an unknown or unpublished writer
  • Can be found on blogs all over the internet

Here’s some great writing advice from Hamilton: “The narrative uses fiction technique to recreate the tension, the setting, the emotion – the drama – of something that actually happened. The article must have implications and ramifications that are meaningful to a reader. It must be relevant to what’s going on today – one event that relates to the larger whole.”

Examples of this type of magazine article are: “What I Think of Natalie Goldberg’s Decision to Retire From Her Writing Career” or “Anne Lamott’s Most Famous Writing Mistakes.”

If you feel overwhelmed with all these types of magazine articles, read How to Write When You Have No Ideas .

7. Humor or Satire Articles

Humor or satire articles are really hard to write. I just read today – in the University of Alberta’s Trail  magazine – that it takes the Simpsons’ writers and staff SIX MONTHS to write and produce a single episode! That’s because humor writing seems easy and fast, but it’s actually the hardest type of writing to learn…not to mention master.

Humor or satire articles:

  • Usually have a specific audience, such as the readers of The Onion
  • Are usually written on spec (that is, you submit the whole article before the editors or publishers will accept it for publication in the magazine)

Examples of humor or satire articles might include:  “Ode to Stephen King’s Typewriter” or “What Margaret Laurence Ate the Day She Started Writing Articles for Magazines.”

8. Historical Articles

What can I say? A historical article describes a moment in time. Or an epoch. Or an era. Or an eon.

Historical articles:

  • Reveal events of interest to millions (which means at least one of my examples wouldn’t work as this type of article)
  • Focus on a single aspect of the subject
  • Are organized chronologically
  • Tell readers something new
  • Go beyond history to make a current connection

Examples of this type of magazine article include: “The Typewriter Mark Twain First Used” or “How Freelance Writers Submitted Articles Before Typewriters Were Invented” or “How the Use of the Word ‘Tweet’ Evolved From 2005 to Now.”

9. Inspirational Magazine Articles

  • Describe how to feel good or how to do good things
  • Can describe how to feel good about yourself – this type of article can work for anyone from writers to plumbers to pilots
  • Offer a moral message
  • Focus on the inspirational point

Examples of different types of inspirational articles for magazines are: “How You Can Change the World With Your Writing Career” or “13 Tips to Improve Your Writing Confidence.”

This is probably my second most favorite type of feature article to write. It’s definitely the post I write most often on my Blossom blogs!

10. Round-Up Magazine Articles

  • Gather a collection from many sources
  • Focus on one theme
  • Offer quotations, opinions, statistics, research studies, anecdotes, recipes, etc.

The Round-Up was one of my favorite types of magazine articles to write when I was freelancing. Examples of round up articles are: “ 12 Fiction Writing Tips From Authors and Editors ” or “1,001 Types of Articles to Write for Magazines.” I enjoy writing round-ups because I can squeeze in lots of information in 1,000 words.

11. Research Shorts

  • Describe current scientific information
  • Are usually less than 250 words long
  • Are often written on spec (at least by me)
  • Are fast, effective ways to earn money as a freelance writer – if you can find the right markets

Research Shorts for the “Front of the Book” are those little blurbs of scientific research you see at the beginning of many magazines.   Examples of these types of articles for magazines include: “How Alliteration Affects Your Memory” or “What Anne Lamott’s Writing Does to Your Brain Waves.”

Shorts aren’t really a type of magazine article, but they’re a great way to get your foot in the door and learn what articles editors will pay to publish .

Types of Magazine Articles You Can Write

In 11 Most Popular Articles to Write for Magazines | Tips for Freelance Writers I share different types of articles to write, to help you get published in the right magazine.

My list includes feature length stories, roundups, personality profiles, research shorts, human interest pieces, and “how to” articles. I also included examples of magazines that publish each type of article. Whether you’re an aspiring freelance writer or an established author you’ll find lots of ideas in this list.

Here’s a tip from bestselling author Natalie Goldberg about being a successful writer: “I hear people say they’re going to write. I ask, when? They give me vague statements,” she writes in  Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer’s Craft . “Indefinite plans get dubious results.”

What are your writing goals, and how will you achieve them? Have you made a specific plan? After you read through these different types of articles to write for magazines, create goals for yourself.

Writer’s Digest Magazine

Writer’s Digest Magazine  is my favorite periodical about writing; a subscription is both motivating and informative. The more you learn about freelance writing – including the business of writing – the easier it’ll be to remember the different types of magazine articles you can write for magazines.

If you want to be a freelance writer, you have to do more than just learn about the different types of magazine articles to write for magazines. You need to research professional writing organizations, learn how to write query letters for editors, and where to pitch your ideas.

If you have any thoughts or questions about writing these types of feature articles for magazines and other publications, feel free to share below.

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31 thoughts on “11 Most Popular Types of Articles to Write for Magazines”

What if you wrote a catchier title? I don’t want to tell you how to run your Successful Writers blog, but suppose you added something to possibly grab folk’s attention? I mean 11 Popular Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish is a little vanilla. You ought to peek at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create post titles to get viewers to click. You might try adding a video or a related pic or two to get readers interested about everything’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it could make your Successful Writers blog a little livelier.

Thank you , Laurie! I am just starting my online magazine UpMixed in a month so these tips are going to help me.

“By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.” ~ Stephen King

Most writers starts their publishing journey the wrong way. They want to start big. They want a book contract, a speaking tour, and all-around international fame and notoriety. But that’s not how this thing works. we need to start small. This is a blessing in disguise, actually, as you are probably not that good when you are just beginning. You need time to practice writing articles for magazines that are of publishable quality.

Dear Newbie Magazine Writer,

Here’s an article that will give you a few pointers:

How to Write a Query Letter and Get Your Article Published

Let me know what happens after you pitch your query to the magazine editor! It sounds like a winner 🙂

I have a brilliant idea for an article, and I believe it’s perfect for the publication I have in mind. I just don’t know how to write a query letter to a magazine. Can you help me by giving me a formula or structure on how to pitch my idea to the editor? I haven’t done much research or reading, but I found this article on the different types of magazine articles helpful. Thank you for any direction you can offer!

Nice ☺☺☺ would give some topics of Articles. ..?

I also need some topics

Dear Lokesh,

Your first step is to learn how to write English really, really well. Take ESL courses, read books, practice writing, do whatever it takes to learn how to write English.

At the same time, you need to learn the business of freelance writing. It’s a career, not a hobby. It takes time, dedication, and energy.

Here’s one place to start:

How to Become a Freelance Writer

Read books about freelance writing, pitching articles to editors, and becoming a journalist. Rolling Stone is an amazing magazine and it’s difficult to get published in it — but you CAN do it!

Take it one step at a time. Keep learning English – you’re doing great so far – and keep reading articles, blogs, and books about becoming a freelance writer for magazines.

You can do it! Remember that nothing worth having is easy. Everything good in life takes hard work. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Blessings, Laurie

Thanks for the help Ressa, I am just a student and I confuse for my future because every time I thinking a new Idea like what I want or which field is good for me and finnaly I diciede what I want….!! Article writer and for me I think it’s a very good choice but still I little confused that how I write my first artical, actually the problem is that my mind is confuse that what is a good topic for me…. cause I need a very new or u can say a “fresh” topic which is never be write buy anyone And unlucky my first problem is that I am not good in English as well as in grammar so, If u don’t mind any u tell me any idea how to start my dream work ???? And Yaa one more thing I want to tell my dream company also which I want to work with and the name is (rolling stone) so u think in future there is any chance to get or touch my dream???

Thanks Ressa, I appreciate your thoughts! A profile is one type of feature article, so I meant what I originally wrote 🙂

There sure are a lot of choices for magazine articles…but my favorite is still blogging. I love the freedom and immediacy of writing blog posts, without having to worry about pitching article ideas to editors. But, blogging doesn’t offer as much exposure as writing for magazines does. Unless of course you write for the HuffPost!


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The Science of Strong Business Writing

  • Bill Birchard

magazine writing basics

Lessons from neurobiology

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Northeastern professor Kathryn Reiss made her career authoring historical mysteries for tweens. In addition to her wholly original novels, writing for the iconic doll and book company has been a perfect fit.

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In “The Silver Guitar: A Julie Mystery,” by Kathryn Reiss, Julie Albright, a 10-year-old girl living in 1970s San Francisco, gets involved in a glitzy auction to raise money for an oil spill disaster cleanup off the California coast. The most prized item on offer — a silver guitar that once belonged to a Jimi Hendrix doppelgänger — becomes central to a slowly-unfolding whodunnit involving San Francisco’s hippie elite, a class project, and a conspiracy to steal scores of precious artifacts and replace them with fakes, including a Van Gogh sketch and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat.

By the end, Julie and her friends solve the mystery, learning a valuable, overarching lesson about the danger of snap judgments along the way:

“Why would you suspect me?” a character asks Julie in a passage near the book’s resolution. “ Because we jumped to conclusions, Julie thought. She had suspected nearly everyone based on what she thought was evidence. Just as the oil spill wasn’t really the ship captain’s fault. Mom had helped her see that the blame for the oil spill in the bay was not clear cut. Now Julie realized that the theft of the silver guitar was also more complex.”

Published in 2011, “The Silver Guitar,” is an entry in the American Girl imprint’s “Mysteries” series. Julie, as AG devotees know, is a doll with long, center-parted blond hair and a peace sign T-shirt from the iconic toy brand, which sells dozens of doll characters with fully fleshed out canons often set against the backdrop of key periods in U.S. history. There are clothes, furniture and accessories to go with them — not to mention dozens of books and short stories.  

Reiss, a creative writing professor on Northeastern University’s campus in Oakland, California, has authored several mystery novels for American Girl alongside her award-winning, wholly original middle grade fiction. In addition to three other Julie mysteries, she has written for the 1900s-era Rebecca and Depression-era Kit characters.

“Kathryn’s American Girl books are among the ones I’ve enjoyed reading [the most],” says Kristin McGlothlin, a fan and fellow middle-grade author who especially loves Reiss’ “A Kit Mystery: Intruders at Rivermead Manor. ” 

“The historical context is written into the story seamlessly,” she says. “I’ve found reading some of the American Girl series that the era’s trends can stick out to the reader.”

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Julie was an ideal muse for Reiss, and not just because they both call the Bay Area home. American Girl books writ large bring together elements the author is drawn to in all her work: the historical past, memory, enterprising female protagonists, mystery with a light element of peril, trenchant life lessons. Her work for the company, which has stretched from the early 2000s to her most recent “Julie” book in 2018, has been a welcome complement to the rest of her career.  

That includes her role as an educator: Many of Reiss’ creative writing students have become successful novelists in their own rights, including Nina LaCour and Carly Anne West.

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“I think about her a lot in terms of having this really outsized influence on multiple generations of middle grade writers,” says Stephanie Young, a poet and literary scholar who has been on the faculty with Reiss since 2005.

LaCour, a 2006 MFA graduate, wrote her debut novel with Reiss an adviser. “I respect Kathryn’s career so much,” she says. “She was my first example of a real working writer —someone with such talent and skill and tenacity.”

She describes her professor as an enthusiastic scholar of the Young Adult genre, always discovering new works. “She stayed very current with her book selections. She had some core novels that she taught over and over but would always weave in newer releases, too. She taught YA as an ever-evolving category of literature, which was so beneficial.”

‘Creepy ghostie’ novels

Reiss realized she had a knack for stories centering kids and teens in the middle of her first manuscript. After finishing up her undergraduate degree at Duke in 1980, she was on a Fulbright fellowship in Germany when she began sketching out an idea for a novel. “I thought, well, it’s going to be a mystery, it’s going to be about time, there’s going to be a big old house, there’s going to be the possibility of a ghost,” she remembers.

Originally she told the story — about a girl who becomes entranced by a dollhouse in her attic — from the perspective of the girl’s concerned parents.

“I was writing it from the mother’s point of view, that she’s watching her daughter grow obsessed with this dollhouse,” Reiss says. “I had handwritten 40 pages of that before I realized: No, the really good story is not the mother worrying about her daughter’s sanity, but the daughter who has really stumbled upon magic. When she looks into the dollhouse, she can see into the past of what happened in their own house.”

I respect Kathryn’s career so much. She was my first example of a real working writer —someone with such talent and skill and tenacity. Nina LaCour, a bestselling YA novelist and Kathryn Reiss’ former student

The eventual novel, “Time Windows,” came out in 1991 and was a commercial and critical hit. Still in print, Reiss’ debut was an American Library Association Best Book for young adults; Kirkus Reviews called it “well-wrought and entertaining.” 

“Dollhouses plus time travel? I was sold,” remembers Jessie Schiewe, a fan who discovered “Time Windows” in a California thrift store in the early 2000s and became a devoted reader. “I don’t read thrillers or suspense novels normally. I have never enjoyed a murder mystery. But Reiss’ suspense is a different kind of suspense. It’s rooted a bit more in fantasy and touches on many of the spooky things I dwelt on as a kid.” 

A sequel, “Pale Phoenix,” shortly followed “Time Windows,” and Reiss has published 18 more novels marketed under the “middle grade” or “young adult” designations since. Often, her work takes the form of suspense thrillers involving history or time travel; she affectionately calls them “creepy ghostie” novels.  “I’m sort of writing for myself as a kid,” Reiss says. “The books I would want to be reading.”

A few years before “Time Windows,” in 1986, Pleasant Company (the brand that would become American Girl) had launched its initial line of dolls and books depicting pre-teen girls living in U.S. historical periods from the Colonial era to World War II.

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A mother of seven, Reiss first came across the first American Girl books when her children were little. “I remember reading them [with my kids] and thinking, ‘I would have loved these books,’” she says.

Reiss teaches on the history of middle grade and young adult novels dating back to the 19th century, and she points out that American Girl came along just as the market for kids’ historical fiction was booming. “There were some books in earlier decades, but there weren’t whole series of them until the ’80s. American Girl was one of the first. They really had a huge impact and got people thinking about how to present history for children and be accurate, but also not overwhelming.”

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By the ’90s, American Girl had become a household name and grown to include a full-blown publishing imprint with several spinoff novel series. Reiss’s first book for American Girl was “Riddle of the Prairie Bride” (2001) an entry in the now-discontinued “History Mysteries” series of original stories elucidating true historical scenarios. The plot focused on a young girl whose father married a mail-order bride on the Kansas prairie in the 1870s, a common practice at the time. Reiss followed it up in 2003 with a mystery set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake , then didn’t hear from American Girl for nearly a decade.

The Julie doll came out in 2007. After she got over her initial confusion about the ’70s being considered history —  “I thought ‘Oh no, I guess I’m getting historic too,’ she laughs — Reiss took on an assignment to write books for a new mystery series linked to the company’s ever-growing roster of historic doll characters. She eventually wrote four for Julie and six in all between 2009 and 2017.

Writing for beloved, existing characters, all with several books of what the industry terms “core fiction” constituting their backstories, was a different type of creative challenge for Reiss. “I imagine it’s a bit like writing episodes of a TV series,” she explains. “You can’t have anything upset the established timeline.”

For instance, Julie’s parents are divorced. “I can’t get them back together again,” Reiss says. “All of the mysteries are completely my own invention, and I can bring in new characters, but they can’t change the basic life [Julie and the other core characters] are living.”

I imagine it’s a bit like writing episodes of a TV series. You can’t have anything upset the established timeline. Northeastern University Oakland professor Kathryn Reiss on writing books for American Girl

A fun perk of writing for American Girl: a doll was included with every book contract. Between those and the dolls her four daughters had growing up, Reiss has amassed quite a collection. “I even have Julie’s best friend, Ivy,” she says. “Now we have grandchildren, and my husband and I were just saying, ‘Oh, maybe we should get them out of the closet.’”

Writing, living history

American Girl has been a fun detour for Reiss, but it also dovetails nicely with themes that preoccupy her in her primary writing and teaching career. She thinks a lot about the ways literature can help us make sense of a shared, historic past.

“The morning after 9/11, in 2001, I was teaching a creative writing class, and the towers were still burning in New York,” she remembers. “I was saying to my students, ‘the horror of what’s going on right now … eventually there will be books written about this, even though we can’t imagine how this is going to translate into fiction.’”

Especially in children’s literature of previous decades, there was a long processing time between historical events happening and them being distilled into fictional narratives; young adult books about the Holocaust, for example, didn’t really rise to the fore for about 40 years. Lately, though, Reiss has noticed fiction grappling with an increasingly recent past.

“After the 2016 election, there were new books coming out by YA authors about refugees and immigrants fleeing desperate situations that were much more contemporary,” she says. “Now I think there’s more of a push to write about events that are still pretty current, rather than waiting a decade or so to process it.”

That recency creep is present in American Girl products as well. When Pleasant Company’s first three dolls came out in 1986, the most “recent” character, Molly, lived in the 1940s. Last year, the company introduced a “historical” pair of twins, Nicki and Isabel, anxiously anticipating Y2K. Reiss herself is finishing up revisions on a young adult manuscript set during the lockdown days of the COVID-19 pandemic; the plot involves the U.S. foster care system, an old house, and, true to form, a time portal. “I’ve had a great time writing it,” she says.

“Her writing has never been static,” says Young, Reiss’ Northeastern colleague. “She’s an example of what a writer can be over a long career, and that’s so amazing for younger writers to see. You can have this kind of reach. You can have this kind of variety.”

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Milei’s Swing Into Normality Might Not Last

The argentine president’s rhetoric is bizarre—but so far, his policies aren’t..

Argentine President Javier Milei is an unusual politician. The former television personality is perhaps the only world leader in generations who would describe himself as a libertarian. He’s certainly the first ever to identify as an “ anarcho-capitalist .” He has a fiery disposition and is known for bluntly insulting his opponents. He frequently engages in stunts such as dressing as the superhero “ General AnCap ” or revving a chain saw in public to show his commitment to slashing the size of government. His proposed policies and statements as he ran for Argentina’s presidency matched his outlandish behavior. He proposed radical market-oriented reforms, the complete elimination of several huge government agencies, and a total break from politics as usual.

Milei is a weird guy, but Argentina is a country with peculiar problems. Since Milei won the election in November, the world has held its collective breath waiting to see what the outlandish, bizarre, extreme candidate would look like as a president. Surprisingly, Milei’s first two months in office have been mostly sensible and promising. But behind the encouraging policy changes, there’s still the potential for a troubling authoritarian turn.

No area sums up the cognitive dissonance that Milei inspires better than climate change. Milei campaigned as a full-blown climate change denier. He said that “politicians who blame the human race for climate change are fake” and called the very idea of climate change a “ socialist hoax .” And yet as president, his top climate diplomat confirmed that Argentina will remain in the Paris climate agreement. He even included a new cap-and-trade plan to limit carbon emissions in his omnibus reform bill. Observers could be forgiven for having whiplash—even for Milei, the turnaround on climate has been dramatic. This is hardly the only issue where Milei’s rhetoric and his actions are surprisingly divergent. So how should we judge Milei—by his outlandish campaign statements, or by his restrained actions once in office?

As you’d expect from a radical candidate, Milei has made a huge number of policy changes since coming to power. Many of those changes are badly needed economic reforms. He’s lifted import restrictions , ended many price controls , scrapped rent regulations, cut expensive energy subsidies , and adjusted the exchange rate.

Argentina’s economy has been beset by intrusive over-regulation, barriers to trade, and poor management for decades. The country’s exchange rate is a sham, with a technically illegal but widely tolerated black market in U.S. dollars where greenbacks cost twice as many pesos as the government rate. The government routinely overspends and accumulates debt it’s unable to pay back—Argentina has defaulted on its debt nine times, including three times in the last 20 years. And that spending is dominated not by smart investments, technology, or infrastructure, but by wasteful subsidies and an enormous public sector that employs one of every three working Argentines.

The result has been low economic growth, high inflation, and economic instability. That grim reality shows how crucial market-oriented reforms are for Argentina’s economy, and some of them are already showing results. Housing availability in Buenos Aires has significantly increased and rent prices have decreased by 20 percent since Milei’s removal of the capital’s strict rent regulations.

Milei has also shown promise on the foreign-policy front. He’s been a vocal, unequivocal supporter of Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression. And he has promised to reorient Argentine foreign policy away from dictatorships like Russia and China and toward the United States and the democratic world, saying bluntly, “Our geopolitical alignment is with the United States.” He’s followed up on that promise by cutting ties with the BRICS bloc and refusing to even appoint ambassadors to Latin American dictatorships Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba. An Argentina that stands firmly with the liberal democratic world and against authoritarianism would be a welcome sight.

And yet there are still reasons to be wary of Milei. His generally erratic behavior as a candidate doesn’t inspire confidence that he’ll provide Argentina with stable governance. His choice of running mate—an ultraconservative, anti-abortion, anti-same-sex marriage politician who has been accused of downplaying state terrorism committed by Argentina’s previous dictatorship—certainly raises eyebrows. Milei himself has staked a confusing stance on abortion, claiming he is ‘not involved’ in his party’s attempt to repeal legal abortion despite publicly campaigning as an anti-abortion candidate. He’s also appointed a politicianwith neo-Nazi links to his cabinet. He’s fond of culture-war rants where he blames feminism for Argentina’s economic woes. He makes outlandish ideological claims, such as conflating Keynesianism with fascism or stating that society functions “ better without a state ” entirely.

Beyond unorthodox ideological stances, there are worrying signs he may not be as committed to anti-authoritarian politics as he claims. He admires and has modeled himself after former U.S. President Donald Trump, who attempted to overturn the 2020 election in the United States. And like Trump, he claimed fraud in the first round of the presidential election when he underperformed expectations—without ever providing evidence to support his claim. When he won election to the presidency in the second round of voting, his fraud claims disappeared.

Milei has also proposed a two-year emergency decree (extendable to four years) that would grant him wide authority normally designated to the legislature. Many of his economic reforms are being pushed via these emergency decree powers, and scholars in Argentina believe he’s abusing those decrees in an unconstitutional, authoritarian way.

Milei’s party does not control Argentina’s legislature, and the frequent use of emergency decrees is a way to circumvent the need for legislation he may not be able to pass. While presidents of all stripes in Argentina have made use of emergency decrees, Milei is taking the concept further than any recent president. If he gets his way, he could essentially act as both president and legislature for the duration of his presidential term. Despite his anti-authoritarian moves in foreign policy, Milei may be as willing as some of his predecessors to turn toward authoritarianism at home.

The frustrating dichotomy of Milei’s administration extends beyond simple policy choices. Argentina is a country where politicians have bungled and botched economic policy for decades. It routinely lurches from one crisis to the next, and its economy badly needs reform from almost every angle imaginable. It takes courage to tell voters that your country’s entire economic superstructure is rotting and needs to be torn down, that drastic countermeasures are needed immediately, and that things will get worse for them before they get better. The urge to gloss over problems, to propose band-aid solutions, and to duck hard choices is usually overwhelming. But someone needs to say when the emperor has no clothes. Milei deserves credit for stating plainly that massive, painful reforms are needed and then immediately following through with those reforms. Beyond his specific policies, his blunt honesty is a breath of fresh air.

And yet the only politician with the courage to speak those hard truths honestly also speaks a lot of other “hard truths” that are anything but. He frequently spouts erratic nonsense and gives extremist ideological sermons. He surrounds himself with questionable politicians. He’s so eager to implement his agenda that he’s attempting to bypass Argentina’s democratic checks and balances. In the same way that honesty is valuable beyond specific policy choices, his mercurial behavior and authoritarian leanings are damaging to Argentine politics. After decades of failed policies, Argentina’s economy badly needs a dose of libertarianism, but there’s a fine line between competent reform libertarianism and culture-war crackpot libertarianism.

Milei deserves measured praise for his reform efforts. But his other troubling tendencies can’t be ignored. If he wants to position Argentina as a liberal democratic partner of the West, he needs to abandon the extremist rhetoric and stick to the difficult work of rebuilding Argentina’s economy.

Jeremiah Johnson is the cofounder of the Center for New Liberalism and writes at Infinite Scroll.

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– Open research. Elizabeth Rhodes was finishing up her PhD in social work and political science and looking for jobs in 2016 when she saw a blog post from Sam Altman, then the leader of Y Combinator. He announced his plan to support a study of universal basic income, the system in which people receive unconditional monthly payments.

After seeing the post, Rhodes applied to a position leading the study and became the research director for YC Research, which was renamed OpenResearch after Altman moved to OpenAI. At the time, she knew little about Altman, Y Combinator, or Silicon Valley. Once she got the job, she learned fast.

She ran Altman’s pilot program and now oversees the full universal basic income study. For three years, the study provided 3,000 participants with either $1,000 per month or $50 a month. It recently finished providing cash transfers to recipients in two states and plans to release its first findings later this year.

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The organization has remained quiet throughout its research; Rhodes has rarely done interviews. Altman is still chair of OpenResearch but has “given us total independence,” Rhodes says. (She “watched from afar” last year’s OpenAI drama .) OpenResearch is one of many side projects for the OpenAI CEO.

Altman’s interest in universal basic income is related to his work as CEO of OpenAI—if AI eliminates jobs, could guaranteed cash help workers who lose their income? In 2021, Altman said he believed AI could generate enough wealth to pay every U.S. adult $13,500 a year. “He was definitely thinking about future labor market changes—not just what happens if robots take jobs, but also a recognition of the challenges we’re facing today with distribution of resources and opportunities across the population,” Rhodes says.

Rhodes brought a more traditional social work perspective to the research. “We did everything sort of the opposite of ‘move fast,'” she says. “We didn’t move slow for slow’s sake, but thinking through different challenges and ‘what ifs.'” Indeed, the study was sometimes criticized for moving too slowly.

In the years since Altman first expressed an interest in UBI, others have devoted more research to the idea. “At the time, no one was talking about it,” Rhodes says. A recent experiment in Washington, D.C. sent cash payments to new moms . In 2022, a study found that similar payments to moms improved babies’ brain functioning . OpenResearch’s study is one of the largest on this topic (and one of the largest privately funded studies in the U.S.).

When OpenResearch begins sharing the results of its research, it plans to cover study recipients’ time use, mental and physical health, decision-making, crime, politics and social attitudes, and effects on children.

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  1. How to Get Into Magazine Writing: 6 Tips for Aspiring Magazine Writers

    How to Get Into Magazine Writing: 6 Tips for Aspiring Magazine Writers Written by MasterClass Last updated: Sep 3, 2021 • 6 min read Quality magazine writing is one of the most refined forms of prose. Legendary publications like Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and GQ have built a reputation on trenchant, longform journalism.

  2. How to Write a Magazine Article (in 10 Easy Steps)

    Step 1: Choose a magazine Step 2: Get to know your audience Step 3: Confirm or choose your topic. If you already have an idea…. If you need an idea…. Step 4: Choose an angle Step 5: Write a query letter Step 6: Know the job Step 7: Research the topic Step 8: Interview sources Finding an expert Interviewing the expert Step 9: Create an outline

  3. How to Write Articles for Magazines

    1. Target your pitches carefully. Freelance writers typically have to pitch stories via a query letter before being given an assignment. Be judicious when you pitch to editors. Anna Wintour isn't going to publish a dissection of the Cincinnati Bengals' run defense in the pages of Vogue, so don't waste her time with a query letter on the topic.

  4. How to Get Into Magazine Writing: Tips for Planning and Pitching Your

    Magazine writing is a unique type of writing distinct from what you may find in a newspaper, journal, or essay. You might even be surprised to know that within magazine writing itself, each subgenre calls for different skills and styles.

  5. How to Write a Magazine Article (with Pictures)

    1 Analyze publications you enjoy reading. Consider magazines you have a subscription to or enjoy reading regularly. You may also focus on publications you know little about but would like to start contributing articles to. Read at least three to four recent issues of the publications, with a close eye on several aspects:

  6. Writing Magazine Articles: What You Need to Know

    Understanding the Basics of Magazine Article Writing Recognizing Your Target Audience Crafting Engaging and Compelling Content Structuring Your Article for Maximum Impact Research and Fact-Checking: Ensuring Accuracy Creating Attention-Grabbing Headlines The Role of SEO in Digital Magazine Articles

  7. Structure of a Magazine Article: The Full Guide

    The structure of a magazine editorial generally consists of several key components, including an attention-grabbing headline, an engaging lead, a well-organized body, and a firm conclusion. Each element plays a vital role in capturing the reader's interest and effectively conveying the message.

  8. Writing Magazine Articles

    A magazine article is a nonfiction composition that stands on its own within a publication. Examples include a profile of a significant person, an opinion piece, or personal essay. Usually, a...

  9. Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing: A Practical Guide to

    Your Essential Reference for Writing for Magazines! In The Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing, accomplished freelance writer, author, and instructor Kerrie Flanagan demystifies the idea that writing for magazines is a difficult process meant only for those with journalism degrees. Drawing from her 20 years as a freelance writer and instructor, Flanagan takes you step-by-step ...

  10. Writing for Magazines : A Beginner's Guide

    Writing for Magazines is a practical introduction to what a magazine writer does. The book explores the best magazines for beginning writers, how to think like a writer, how to get ideas, how to find the time to write, how to set goals, how to acquire the tools of a writer, and how to defeat writer's block. The author then shows you where to go from there: from the first draft and revision to ...

  11. 3 Types of Magazines: How to Write for All Types of Magazines

    A magazine is a collection of writing and images that is published periodically. Magazines are often organized around a theme or subject area. Magazines can be hard copies on newsstands or available online in digital form. Subscriptions, newsstand sales, and advertisements typically fund the printing and distribution of magazines.

  12. Writing for Magazines: How to Land a Magazine Assignment

    Writing for magazines is a lot like catching a fish. It requires the right bait, understanding the conditions, finesse with timing and most of all, persistence. When it all comes together, the time and effort are worth it when you net the big one. Kerrie Flanagan. Jun 11, 2018.

  13. The 15-Step Freelance Writers' Guide to Writing for Magazines

    9. Learn LOI basics. What belongs in an LOI? Here's a basic structure that works: Notice the tone of the publication and write your LOI in their style. Mention something you noticed in the magazine recently. Quickly introduce the fact that you are a freelance writer. Note your writing experience or personal life experience in their subject matter.

  14. How to Write an Article for a Magazine: Expert Tips and Tricks

    Magazine writing involves a blend of storytelling, research, and reader engagement. Understanding the target audience and article topic is crucial to success. Focusing on writing quality and a unique voice can lead to ongoing publication opportunities. Understanding Magazine Articles Types of Magazine Articles

  15. Writing for Magazine: Types, Characteristics, Difference, Writing Styles

    A magazine is a publication that is issued periodically. It generally contains essays, stories, poems, articles, fiction, recipes, images, etc. Magazines are directed at a general and special audience, often published on a weekly or monthly basis. Table of Contents What is Magazine? Characteristics of Magazines

  16. The Basics of Magazine Article Writing

    What do you write? Many writers and would-be writers have told me how that blank page petrifies them. In this article, we'll explore my technique for putting together a magazine article from idea to finished product. Getting over the Hump It's a rare day that I have trouble putting those initial words on paper.

  17. 10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Magazine Writing Skills

    9. Use different sentence lengths for different tones and moods. This isn't just a tip on how to write a magazine article, it's a general tip for good writing. Your writing should match the tone or mood of your piece. If you're describing quick or abrupt action, for example, use short, punchy sentences.

  18. Magazine Writing

    This course teaches the basics of magazine writing and how to tailor articles to various audiences for different publications.

  19. AP Style

    Associated Press style provides guidelines for news writing. Many newspapers, magazines and public relations offices across the United States use AP style. Although some publications such as the New York Times have developed their own style guidelines, a basic knowledge of AP style is considered essential to those who want to work in print ...

  20. 11 Most Popular Types of Articles to Write for Magazines

    Examples of round up articles are: " 12 Fiction Writing Tips From Authors and Editors " or "1,001 Types of Articles to Write for Magazines.". I enjoy writing round-ups because I can squeeze in lots of information in 1,000 words. 11. Research Shorts. Describe current scientific information.

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    He's drawn on that experience and his review of the scientific literature to identify eight features of satisfying writing: simplicity, specificity, surprise, stirring language, seductiveness ...

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    Worksheets and downloads. A magazine article - exercises 1.07 MB. A magazine article - answers 138.92 KB. A magazine article - article 485.25 KB. A magazine article - writing practice 362.52 KB.

  23. How to write books for American Girl

    Reiss, a creative writing professor on Northeastern University's campus in Oakland, California, has authored several mystery novels for American Girl alongside her award-winning, wholly original middle grade fiction. In addition to three other Julie mysteries, she has written for the 1900s-era Rebecca and Depression-era Kit characters.

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    He's covered elections in every corner of America and co-authored a best-selling book about Donald Trump and Joe Biden. His reported column chronicles the inside conversations and major trends ...

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    The world's biggest miner by market value estimated the combined charges at around $5.7 billion. BHP said it expects to record an impairment of roughly $2.5 billion against the carrying value of ...

  28. How to Write an Editorial: 6 Steps for Writing an Editorial

    Thoroughly research your topic. Before you start the writing process, ensure you have a thorough knowledge of your topic —particularly if it's a complex issue. Read newspaper articles, scholarly journals, and history books to fully understand the topic and context surrounding it. 2. Pick a thesis statement.