How Do you 'Make' a Story Timely?
September 20, 2006 12:01 PM Subscribe
How do you make an idea timely?
posted by clairezulkey to writing & language (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
For you freelance writers out there, I wanted to know how you take a magazine/newspaper story idea of yours and make it timely. Do you investigate current events tie-ins and somehow smush the ideas together? Or wait to see if something arises that would make your idea more relevant?
Or, do you only pitch ideas based on timely issues? (To me this seems like it would be less likely to result in assignments, i.e. "Gee how can I turn Nicole Richie's skinniness into a story?" vs. "Hmm I have this article about eating disorders, maybe I can mention Nicole Richie since that's in the news.) Or maybe I'm wrong, maybe that IS the better way to go!
Anyway, just wondering if any writers out there have special little tricks on taking a good idea and making it irrisistable to editors looking for unique ideas on timely topics