Today, I was sitting at the library, staring at my county inbox, which was taking forever to load, as per usual, and thinking about the article I pitched to a bigger newspaper. The editor was kind but the idea didn’t make the cut, because similar profiles had been covered in their paper recently.
This happens all the time in the world of freelance writing. Freelance writing is all about ideas. A good portion of the week for a successful freelance writer is spent documenting ideas generated from being out and about in the world and then hashing them out to see which will stick. A lot of people can write. Fewer people can come up with a winning idea. Which is why breaking into magazines is such a bottleneck.