How do I make the transition to becoming a professional feature story and/or personal column writer
April 16, 2005 2:13 AM Subscribe
I want to make the transition into professional writing, specifically feature story and/or personal column writing and I'm not sure which steps to take make this dream come true.
posted by mirileh to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
As of yet I'm not ready to go out there. I still have to work on defining my style and area of writing to know exactly what I want to write. I could also use more knowledge about the world of journalism to feel more confident and have an idea of how to get published.
I have a feeling that going back to school to study journalism is not the right step for me now (I'm 36 and have a law degree). The emphasis there is usually on news reporting (which I don't want to go into) and I'm scared of losing my own style and point of view in the standardising which is part of news reporting.
I'm looking for a good writing course. I was thinking of some sort of assignment driven course which would take me through the steps of writing a few pieces or help me shape my column without aspiring to show me how to do it the "right way" but letting me feel how it's done and find my own voice (though I could use guidelines in research so I won't overdo it). I could also do with a course about the industry and how it works. I'd be grateful for recommendations. Online or correspondence courses or would especially be appreciated (I'm writing this from abroad).