I know I haven't written any articles in recent months but I have had one published in Writers' Forum (Oct Issue) out now in all good newsagents! It was a great feeling to see my article in print and it has given my confidence a boost - particularly so as I had confirmation from the editor that he would publish another of mine too! Great news.
The article was about NaNoWriMo - the write 50,000 words of a novel in a month madness from America! You may recall I did this for the first time last November, alongside two other Wrekin Writers, Sue and Jenny and the lovely Suzanne Jones in blogland (thank you for contributing!) All three feature in my article, as does just over 300 words of the nonsense I wrote for NaNo! It is a great example of writing what you know and using your experience of something you've tried or do regularly and turn it into an article.
It's given me the inspiration and motivation I needed to get going on the articles again. I also want to finish the journalism course I'm doing with The Writers' Bureau - so I can kill two birds with one stone and submit the articles I write for the course to magazines.
I have been concentrating on my short stories for a while and was really surprised and pleased to discover that I've actually managed to submit six short stories to various magazines over the six week school hols, with another two about to go in the next few days. So that will be eight in total - I can live with that. It's shown me what I am capable of when I put my mind to it and make the time to write. Whether any of them will be published is a different matter, but you can't blame a girl for trying.
If you should happen to see my article in Writers' Forum, take a look at it and tell me what you think about it. I always like to do a post mortem on my articles to see what I could have done better or what worked really well so I can improve on my article writing technique for the next one. It might be an interesting exercise to read other people's articles in this analytic way and see how you would have written it. Then you could have a go at writing an article, using the tips you picked up from your analysis, and submit it. See what happens.