Writing is a creative art that can sell articles to publishers of a variety of magazines and newspapers. If you are interested in pursuing a career in journalism, there are several key things you need to know.

1. You have to have a strong grasp of grammar, spelling, and technical no how. Editors of magazines and newspapers are very busy people, who get thousands of articles submitted to their place of businesses on a daily basis. Submissions that are riddled throughout with grammatical errors are most certainly discarded from the pile. They do not have the time or the patience to read articles such as these.

2. You do not have to be an expert in something in order to write a good quality article. However, you do need to have a working knowledge of any given subject that you are writing about.

3. Read. No the ins and outs of the newspaper or magazine that you are wanting to write an article for. Check out their submission guidelines, find out what sort of material they are looking for, scan through the articles that have already been published so that you are aware of their contents.

4. Pick your topic carefully. Do research on your topic, making notes of similar articles that have already been published. Make a scrapbook or keep the articles in a folder or file cabinet, so that you can refer back to them if need be.

5. Make an outline of your article. Your outline should include a beginning, middle, and ending. You should also include how many words your article is.

6. Give proper credit to outside sources who you have quoted within your article.

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