>A triangle has three angles, a rectangle has four, a pentagon has five, but an idea for a newspaper article can have as many angles as you can think of. I’m currently in the process of creating articles, blogs and other outtakes from the pet-related chapter of the book I’m writing on childless women. So far, I’ve got 19 angles about people’s relationships with their pets. I haven’t even gotten into choosing pets, training them, feeding them, breeding them or health concerns.
Some ideas may be more viable than others. For example, what will I do with the note about dogs watching while we have sex? Hey, doesn’t yours? Our dog gets this sappy grin on her face, and I don’t know what that’s all about. But there are angles with stronger legs, such as pet custody in divorce cases and why pets are easier to raise than children.
Think about something you love or that at least fascinates you. How many ways can you spin it? Brainstorm awhile and you’ll be surprised.
>Do blogs help you write and sell freelance articles? I have just completed an article that will appear on writing.world.com sometime in the near future. In my Freelancing for Newspapers book, I don’t touch much on blogs, but if I had a chance to add a chapter, I would write more about blogs because they are becoming so popular. Paul Gillin’s book The New Influencers says there were 50 million in mid-2006, and the number is increasing every day.
I think blogs are helpful for the exposure, the research possibilities and the connection with newspaper editors and reporters who blog, but I would love to know what other people think. Tell me how you use blogs in your work. If you don’t use blogs, is that by choice or because you’re not sure how to go about it?
Let’s blog about it!