New Writing Gig: Writing Features for a PRINT Magazine

december-south-city-bulletinEditor, Wendy Johnson of South City Bulletin magazine in Brisbane requested I write monthly features on writing topics for her magazine. An irresistible opportunity, I couldn’t refuse!

From  today to March 2012, you’ll see me over at Logan’s FREE premium magazine as their resident Writing Adviser.

South City Bulletin broadcasts to a wide circulation delivering to shopping centres, libraries and residences.

Wendy Johnson is a published journalist and pro-active member of Logan City Writers collective. She’s initiating practical plans to support and foster The Arts in the Logan community. She supports Logan authors, offering opportunities to writers Stephanie Azri and Myles Pellowe and many more who’ve written articles for the magazine.

Today two of my segments on writing are printed in the December issue.

My first feature is …

#10 Sizzling Secrets in  Writing a Successful Short Story

>>> Here’s a snippet …

Want to create a short story that connects immediately with the reader? Do you yearn to write a winning story that is publishable and in big demand? Do you crave to leave them begging for more?

Then follow my TOP Sizzling Secrets for a successful short story, writes Logan author Karen Tyrrell.

1.    Create an original, intriguing story, showing a decisive moment of life.

2.    Structure your short story so that is circular and comes back to the beginning in a captivating way.

3.    Base your short story on one idea or one theme, while a novel has many ideas. A short story creates a unified impression, leaving us with a vivid sensation rather than a number of remembered facts.

4.    Craft a short story aiming at unity of characterization, theme and effect.

To read ALL my writing secrets check out …

My second feature spot lights … the ever expanding Logan City Writers collective

I outlined their community activities, their key objectives and how to join … Here’s the link to the page …

I’m so grateful for this incredible chance to publish my articles and to broadcast my name and website out there as a magazine and multi-genre writer.
A special thanks  to Wendy Johnson and South City Bulletin magazine for offering me this awesome opportunity.

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24 comments to New Writing Gig: Writing Features for a PRINT Magazine

  • Well done, Karen. A great set of tips that I’m sure writers will find invaluable. Can’t wait to read more!

  • Thanks Kathleen. So glad you liked my tips for successful short stories. More writing secrets to come in the next mag issue…

  • Karen, that is just awesome news! How lucky is the magazine to have you on board! 2012 and shaping up to be a fab year for you!! I love reading all of your tips x

  • Thanks Nicky, This opportunity is absolutely awesome. So glad you enjoy my tips. So much news to Blog about this week. Hold onto your hat! 🙂

  • Graham Clements

    Hi Karen, hope they are paying you, if not it’s still good publicity for you. Just lately I’ve read that a really good short story should have two ideas/problems to solve, preferably one internal and one external to the main character. I don’t write a lot of short stories, as most of my single ideas for stories soon attract many other ideas, but for the last one I wrote I ensured it had two ideas/problems and was told from a unique pov. I look forward to reading more of your articles.


  • Hi Graham,
    This is an amazing opportunity, isn’t it? Thanks for your tip about two problem ideas for a short story… one internal, one external. Makes sense, especially if the two problems are interconnected … Karen 🙂

  • Well done and welcome back Karen! Hope you had a fantastic holiday and are all fully charged up for taking on your new gig. Exciting news. I do love receiving your ever useful and concise tip bits on writing.

  • Thanks Dimity for reading and supporting my writing tips. Good to be home …. Blogging about my Tahiti writing retreat soon .

  • Hey! Well done Karen! What a wonderful boost – I hope it leads to many great things. In the meantime, I hope you have a blast of a time!
    Your tips seem to hit the spot for any prospective short story writers -well done.

    And also kudos to your editor for getting behind the arts. This is really progressive step. You’re going to be an impressive team!

  • Thanks Kaz, I’m still pinching myself about this fabulous opportunity.
    Still more announcements about South City Bulletin to come and our future collaborations. 🙂

  • Heather Golding

    Hey Karen, welcome back from Tahiti! Great writing tips and what a great opportunity for you to become the resident Advisory Writer for the South City Bulletin – Congratulations!! 🙂

  • Thanks Heather for your warm welcome back. Can’t believe this fabulous offer from South City Bulletin from now to March.

  • What a great gig- hope you have fun writing those articles- best of luck!

  • Hi Lorraine, Thanks for checking out my Blog. Its an awesome writing opportunity, isn’t it? … And a whole lotta fun 🙂

  • Hey Karen

    Well done – fantastic that Wendy Johnson of South City Bulletin magazine is being so supportive of writing and that you are in this mag is fantastic – wahooooo!!!!

    Well done you!!!!

    Bye 4 now

  • Thanks Tina for checking out my latest Blog.
    Yes, this opportunity is just Breathtaking … I can hardly believe it myself.
    Thanks for your ongoing support … Karen 🙂

  • Heather Golding

    I can certainly understand your excitment about this Karen! Several years ago I was one of six regular writers selected to write a shared column for a local newspaper, but at the last minute the idea was canned due to a sudden change in editorial management… oh so near, but oh so far! I reminded the (then new) editor about this some years later, but the idea was never re-visited – unfortunately…

    So I wish you all the best Karen for this wonderful opportunity that has come your way, even if it is only until March, it is still an “opening door” to your world of fabulous writing – I am so envious, but thrilled for you!! 🙂

  • Thanks Heather, for your support and encouragement with my magazine gig. I’m so sorry your newspaper writing opportunity didn’t come off. I know Wendy is always looking for compelling community based articles. Why don’t you give it a shot?

  • Heather Golding

    Thanks for that advice Karen. Perhaps if you could email me her contact details, then I might consider the idea. Thanks again 🙂

  • […]  First  writing Feature … Top #10 Sizzling Secrets in Writing a Successful Short Story. […]

  • Hi Ang, Would you like me to submit these Sizzling Secrets to your blue dingo eMag?

  • Hi Heather,
    I emailed a suggested way to approach Wendy. Good luck with your submission 🙂

  • Well done Karen. Have lots of fun with this writing gig.

  • Thanks Dale, I will … such an amazing opportunity 🙂

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