You can take girl away from the magazine but you can’t make her stop writing.
I’ve got a massive creative surge going on right now and I’m trying to decide what to do with it. My business website is being redesigned, and apparently a WordPress update has sent the whole site into meltdown so it could be in maintenance for some time.
For research, I started reading my Professional Beauty magazines and I really got the urge to write magazine features again. I used to love writing features… Finding stories, getting inside information, interviewing interesting people and getting things from different angles. I know it was just spa and salon magazines, not anything heavyweight, but I adored it. The whole process of putting a magazine together was just absorbing and I learned so much.
Being freelance I do get to work on magazine features sometimes but most of my work is web copy and blogs. They have rules that features didn’t. SEO rules. Word count. Click bait. It’s a different ballgame.
I still write for trade magazines, mainly health and social care but I yearn to write something meaty and dare I say glamorous? I want to create a magazine of my own one day, online if I have to, but indulge my writer girl habit in interviews and actually finding out interesting things that people might not know.
I’m also getting urges to get more artsy and creative with pictures, photos and design.
I suppose the best thing about being freelance is that I get to do whatever I want with my business. Watch this space…