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Writing articles can be easy and fun to write, especially if you know something about your subject and want to help your readers solve a problem. For example, I worked as an elementary teacher and had done some substituting. I also read Instructor magazine and found articles that I could have written at some point. So I brainstormed a few ideas and decided to write an article on using the children's story, Jack and the Beanstalk, as a jumping-off point for language arts, social studies and science activities. My article included a short introduction, about five or six activities, and a brief conclusion. Ultimately, that article was accepted for publication by Teacher magazine.

You can also take advantage of your background and write articles on various aspects of it. Here are the steps to take:

- Choose your field of expertise and magazine related to that field. First check to see if your chosen magazine uses freelance writers and secondly, read its articles. Get back issues and read articles in those issues as well.

- Brainstorm a list of problems that you can help your colleagues solve. Ideally, you've solved similar problems and have come up with a number of solutions that your colleagues could use successfully.

- Choose�a problem that is common to your colleagues and create a solution for it. How have you solved this problem? What novel ways have you found to solve it that will likely work for your colleagues? Of those solutions, which one will likely appeal (because it's easy) and motivate your colleagues to implement it?

- Before writing your article, send a letter to the magazine's editor that briefly describes your article. , why it would benefit your readers, and why you are the most qualified to write that article. Remember to include a working title. Your letter's introduction should include an interesting question or fact and a sentence or two that leads to the description of your article. A letter like this is known as a query letter. You can write and submit your query online if your editor requests that.

- While you are waiting to hear from your editor, write your article. In fact, write several drafts of it. Allow your drafts some cooling-off time and edit them. Eventually, you will have created a final draft which says everything that needs to be said and that you are honestly happy with.

- If your editor says, yes, we'd be interested in seeing your article, send in a neatly typed final draft of your article. If you are submitting it via snail mail, remember to enclose a self-stamped, self-addressed envelope for your editor's reply. In the meantime, write another article. You may have to wait a little while for your editor's reply. Use this time wisely and develop another article for the same or different magazine.

And that's it. Once you've submitted your article, you'll have to play the waiting game until you receive a reply. But it's all worth it in the end. You're building up your expertise, helping colleagues and other interested parties, and establishing yourself as a published author. Eventually, you may have enough articles that will yield enough material for a nonfiction book! During your writing career, you'll soon discover that writing is not boring. Every project is different. You'll love what you're doing.


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