Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Get Started Writing Articles

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

Article writing can be a great place to start your
writing journey.
One of the pieces of writing advice new writers hear a lot is “Write what you know.” But for many, once they figure out what they know, the next question is “What do I do now?”

Of course, there are lots of answers. My favorite answer is that writing articles is a great way to get started on your writing journey. You may be thinking, Okay, so same question—what do I do now?

Articles can take you in several directions. Here are a few of them.

Personal Experience
A good place to start is with personal experience articles. After all, who knows your personal experience better than you. This type article is very popular with magazine readers. Everyone wants to know about other people. Just remember when you write your personal experience article you must find a way to make it relevant in the life of your reader. Caution: when writing a personal experience article don’t try to say too much. Decide on your main point before you begin writing and stick to that. If you need help with that, print your main point/theme and tape it near your computer.

The mainstay of magazines, the profile article is similar to a personal experience article but it is about someone else’s experience. When you see a single person on the cover of a magazine, there is usually a profile article in the magazine about that person. Just remember this is not a biography. Focus on what the person has done.

For most new article writers, the devotional or inspirational article is a good place to start. Most people have had experiences where they have overcome something. Or perhaps in your devotional time you have made a discovery that changed your life. Share those things with others in a devotional or inspirational article. Make a single God-centered point that will turn readers to God and/or inspire the reader to become a better person.

Try writing one of these articles this month and discover a whole new world for your writing.


Linda Gilden
Linda Gilden is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She loves to take one subject and create multiple articles from that information. Linda finds great joy (and lots of writing material) in time spend with her family. Her favorite activity is floating in a pool with a good book surrounded by splashing children!

To find out more about Linda, her writing, and her ministry, visit You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Linda, your post showed up on a perfect day. Today is the first day in a long time I will query magazines with article ideas. You just confirmed this is what God wants me doing. Thank you for the ideas and thank you for your time and investment with Blue Ridge. See you there.

  2. Great, Cheryl, Can't wait to see your articles in print. Articles can open so many doors. See you soon!

  3. Love this post! This year, I intend to direct more attention to magazine and article (and blog) writing. Thank you, Linda.