Whether you write for online or print publications, choosing your writing venues wisely simply makes sense. What kind of writer are you? Do you enjoy working at your own pace or following guidance from another? When does your best work happen? What are your goals and interests? Are you character driven, agenda driven or dollar driven? All these factors and more determine the type of writing venue you should be contributing to. Choose your venues carefully to avoid regrets.
Some venues are deceiving.
For instance, I consider myself a liberal. You would think I’d enjoy working for a liberal news site. So did I. The problem is, the one I recently chose to write and edit for was a bad match for me. You see, I’ve recently entered a very “Namaste'” point in my life. I no longer enjoy the constant argumentative tone this site has. I feel the constant bad-mouthing reflects badly on the liberal “agenda”. It makes us look just as bad as those we oppose. I wish I’d thought about this more thoroughly. It would have saved me from quitting before I even got started.
Don’t bash the venue.
I have nothing against the aforementioned site. The opportunity they offered simply didn’t work out for me, personally. Many of my writer friends, when leaving a site will bad-mouth it for months. They made the wrong choice of venues or the venue changed into something they were unhappy with. They just can’t let their disappointment go. Somehow, it’s easier for them to be critical of the business than admit it was simply a bad fit for them. By doing this, they accomplish nothing but to tarnish their own reputation. Every venue has it’s good and bad points. If you find a site that doesn’t meet your needs, it’s best to leave peacefully. Move on to something that works better for you.
Are you agenda driven?
I don’t mean this in a bad way. Many of us have high moral standards. There’s nothing wrong with that. Others have causes they promote that don’t jive with certain writing venues. For instance, since I’m an animal lover, I wouldn’t be writing articles for a hunting magazine. It goes deeper than that, though. For instance, I once wrote for an earth friendly sustainable living magazine. Unfortunately, they occasionally featured articles on raising animals for food, something I oppose as a Vegan. They were also great supporters of the NRA. While I believe in the right to bear arms, this group is too extremist for me. You can’t dig too deep when researching the venues you work for if you want your work to be a reflection of your ideals.
Workaholic multitasking fool or not so much?
Some venues really bleed you dry. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are writers that thrive on the maddening hustle and bustle deadlines and constant game plan changes. I’m just not one of them. When I was younger, I had that kind of job in the “real” world. I enjoyed it immensely. I’m just in a different place now. I have a chronic illness. My interest now is more about slowing down and enjoying the small things. I choose writing venues that allow me to work at my own pace and submit articles, blogs etc. on subjects of my own choosing. To each his own is what I’m saying here.
Some writers make the mistake of choosing a venue according to the recommendation of colleagues alone. Remember, we all have different needs. Something that works out splendidly for a co-worker, may not be suitable for you. Writing is just like any other job. Choose the right company based on your own needs and interests, not someone else’s.
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