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I Have a Confession
by Florence Cardinal
I have a confession, and this is good. Confessions
are worth money and they don't even have to be true.
The majority of the stories are fabrications from the minds
of professional writers looking for a paying market. Many
of the stories do have a basis in fact. For example, remember
how, when you were sixteen, the person you thought you were in love
with ditched you for another and you thought your heart was broken.
Two weeks, or two days, or two hours later, you met someone new and forgot
all about the unfaithful lover. Use this incident of
unrequited teenage love as a springboard, to many
Your heart was broken, so you:
(1) Ran away from home.
Threw yourself at the guy or gal with the bad reputation.
(3) Tried to commit
(4) Did your best (or your worst) to break up your ex
and the new love.
Any situation, using a bit of imagination, can be
turned into one or more fictional
Confessions can involve
people from teenagers to senior citizens. Any situation that involves
relationships, family disagreements, raising children, or living with the
elderly could be the basis for a confession.
True confession stories deal
with important issues such abortion, spousal abuse, sexual abuse,
alcoholism and drug addiction. Confession magazines also publish stories
about gambling and teenage prostitution and many times the stories offer helpful solutions to problems.
Confession magazines aren't high paying markets, but
they do pay -- usually from three to five cents a word for stories
from 1000 to 10,000 words. This is an excellent place for a beginning
writer to get some practical experience and earn a little cash.
Experienced writers can turn out a few confessions to increase their
drawback: Authors are not identified, so the stories are difficult to use as clips.
started writing for this market, buy several copies of the many different
magazines available. Read them. Study the stories, the articles and
the advertisements. Decide what age group and social class the magazines
cater to. People from blue collar workers to college
students read confessions, as do people of several ethnic groups. It's
easy to tell what type of story is preferred by studying the
contents of each magazine.
you know what age group and social class you want to write for, close your
eyes and brainstorm your own life, and the lives of your family, friends
and neighbors. Before long, some incident or memory will spark
your imagination, and you, too, will be able to say: I have
© Copyright 1998, Florence Cardinal
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