Writing for the Wychwood Magazine

There is something very satisfying in writing an article that others want to read. Maybe, like me, you find drawing or painting a near impossibility, your cookery would challenge the most basic taste buds, but you can write. And anyone who can write is very welcome at the Wychwood Magazine.
Our magazine benefits from a wide range of writers, each one with their own style and their own interests. We have no expert writers; what we do have is several writers who are prepared to put pen to paper in expectation of attracting readers who are interested in what they have written. Styles vary hugely, and this is part of the magazine’s appeal; so do people’s interests – that too is part of the magazine’s appeal.

So what could you write and how should you write it? Any subject that is locally based has a head start but interesting subjects are to be found in all sorts of areas. The so-called ‘bottom line’ is writing something that you enjoy writing about and which will interest others. As for ‘how should you write it’, that is entirely up to you. Our editorial team can certainly offer help where needed as we are all committed to supporting our writers.

The starting point, therefore, is identifying a subject that you would enjoy writing about. Jot a few ideas down. Mull them over. Have a cup of tea. Then have a go. It really is that straightforward. Unless you are a genius, you probably will not get it right first time; personally, I type up articles and then re-visit them several times over a couple of days or more, making minor alterations each time. I find that to be a very satisfying process.

From what you have read so far, you may immediately have a subject and an article in mind; If not, just ask yourself what would interest others and what you enjoy reading for yourself. And here is a very practical way to get started if you have not already rushed off to the word processor: you may have noticed that we are running a series of short articles, each one not much above 200 words, about places on our doorstep. These are places within easy reach which not everyone knows about. So far, these articles have featured the view above Shipton from the A361, Foxholes nature reserve, Shipton’s church path and Swinbrook church. You would be very welcome to contribute to this series. Just pick a place that you think others would enjoy visiting and write around 200 words about it; while that might sound like a lot of words, it only equates to half a page of the magazine and, believe me, the total soon mounts up.

Another series that is starting in the current issue of the magazine is entitled ‘Once in a blue moon.’ This describes personal events that have happened to readers, events that have come out of the blue and which owe nothing to money and little to talent, but events whose description, will, by their nature, appeal to a wide variety of readers. Could you submit an article along these lines?

Our editorial team is here to encourage and support you in your efforts. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you want to talk about anything you have read here; our contact details are in the front of the magazine. I very much look forward to seeing even more articles from even more writers in print in the future.

Bob Forster (editor)

August – September 2018