Saturday, 12 October 2013

Funny Ha Ha

I have to admit to being stuck. I've been doing the Writers' Bureau article writing course for more time than I care to admit to - and the thing that is stalling me at the moment is writing an article that is funny. Now it's not the writing of the article that is the problem - so many funny things happen in my life, and I find such a lot of things funny in life - I do have a warped sense of humour - that I have plenty of material to draw from. It's finding likely magazines that would want a humorous article that's stopped me in my tracked.

This is very unusual for me, as I can always identify potential markets for the other articles I pitch and write, but for some reason this latest assignment has left me stumped! Now some kind writer soul did suggest The Oldie as a possible market - but I've looked on the Internet and tried to find a copy in various newsagents but have failed miserably to find one so I can do market research on it.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for other possible markets for a humorous article, or even know where I can get hold of The Oldie? (Here's an example of my strange sense of humour - in that last sentence I did a typo and missed out the words 'get' & 'of''! Ooh matron.

Does anyone else ever have these ridiculously silly potential market blips?!

Happy (funny ha ha writing)!
Julie xx

5 comments:

  1. The Oldie is a monthly, Julie, so maybe you were looking when they were already sold out. Our very small branch of WH Smith always has copies. Yours and The People's Friend do use humorous pieces and you don't have to be "of a certain age" to contribute to their pages. However, I do agree, that this type of slot tends to be given over to a celebrity writer charting the humorous events in their life rather than a general market. Have the tutors of the course not made an suggestions?
    Ann

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  2. Ah! You might be right there Ann. Do you know which date of the month it comes out? I think I will contact my tutor and let her know I'm stuck - I'll read through the chapter on humorous writing again first, just in case I've missed something. Unfortunately I can't leave this assignment until later and move on to the next one - which, frustratingly, I know I can do easily!
    Julie xx

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  3. Try small local newspapers. How about work/hobby mags? Times Educational Supplement. A member of our club wrote a regular column in a golfing mag even though she'd never played. Pick an area of your life - kids/work/hobby/partner's hobby - and see if there is a specialist magazine to tie up with it.
    Good luck!

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  4. I'll have a look out for those, Janice - thank you.

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  5. Hi, again, Ann,
    Yes I noticed their website too - so I'll be rummaging round the various newsagents to find a copy tomorrow!

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