I had my second assignment back from my journalism course today and although the comments were mainly positive and encouraging, the tutor suggested something I'd never heard of or seen before. She advised me to put the first word of the first paragraph in each article in capital letters and not just the first letter. I've never done this before and never seen it in any books about writing that I've read before, either. It threw me a bit as I've had several articles accepted for publication now and none of the editors have mentioned this. Has anyone else done it?
I just found it an interesting comment The course is great and I'm enjoying doing it. I realise that courses don't suit everyone but I'm glad I'm taking this one. I've learned so much already and I know I will continue to learn more that will improve my writing.
I've got one article out there awaiting a verdict and one more to edit to resend out soon. Then it's back to the drawing board to have a think about what subjects I might write articles about next. It's a good job that assignment four is about doing just that - it couldn't have come at a better time for me as I was having some difficulty in thinking about what to write next. So I thought if I did some fiction for a while and assignment three (letters and fillers) by the time I get to do assignment three I will have some great ideas.
It's an ongoing process: thinking of ideas, pitching ideas to editors, researching, interviewing, writing the article, submitting, resubmitting, writing from a different slant and pitching to other markets. Never ending! And you have to keep on top of it if you want to see a steady stream of your work published.
Happy researching and writing