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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Idea Overload, part II/Call for Submissions

If you have more story ideas than you know what to do with, try these tips:

1.      Create a file, paper or digital, for the ideas. When an idea shines so brightly that you can’t let it go, add it to the collection. That way, you’ll have it if you need it; otherwise, you might forget it. Don’t be overly concerned about organizing these random ideas, just get them in writing.

2.      When you have your ideas in black and white in front of you, you can more realistically determine which work and which don’t. Those that don’t work should not be discarded, because you may have another writing project in the future in which they are a perfect match.

3.      Group your ideas into categories. Some may work better for plots and some for characters. Some may be geared toward picture books while others are middle grade or young adult material. Organizing the ideas allows you to view the scope of the concepts you’ve collected. 

Next week, I’ll continue the series. 

Call for submissions for adult writers: 

Parenting. Parenting’s readers are moms whose kids range in age from newborn through age 12, as well as expectant moms.  The magazine covers the psychological and practical aspects of raising a child, and the emotional issues that face mothers — from nurturing their own friendships to juggling the various parts of their lives. The magazine is largely freelance written. Fees for articles depend on length, degree of difficulty, and the writer’s previous experience.  Generally, feature articles run between 1,000 and 2,500 words in published form. For writers new to Parenting, the best opportunities are the departments. The pieces there range from 100 to 500 words. Queries for each of these departments should be addressed to the appropriate editor (such as Kids’ Health Editor, or Ages & Stages Editor). Pays up to $1/word. 

Check out more contests on my blog: http://nancykellyallen.blogspot.com/

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