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Make Money Writing About the Great Outdoors

Earn Money While You Play

If you love the great outdoors in almost any form, you can earn good money writing about your experiences. Develop a reputation in this lucrative writing field and you may even get your expenses paid as well as earning money from the articles themselves.

Typical and Not So Typical Writing Markets

Typical outdoor writing includes fishing (saltwater and fresh), hunting, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, boating, kayaking... in short, almost any recreational activity done outdoors. Many of these activities have their own magazines and websites, which are the obvious markets.

But outdoor writing is needed by other markets as well, including:

  • Newspapers - your local paper may want your story and the newspaper near your travels may want your story
  • Travel magazines sometimes want outdoor stories in the areas they cover
  • Outdoor trade magazines
  • Even women's magazines sometimes publish outdoor writing with a female and/or family slant.

In other words, don't limit your thinking to just outdoor magazines.

In fact, outdoor writing is ideal for selling the same information to multiple markets. You'll usually have to do some rewriting and reshaping, but you can turn one experience into many sales. I know, I've done it.

What Kind of Writing?

As usual, the kind of outdoor writing that sells depends on the specific market you're targeting. The only way to know is to read the magazine, newspaper or website in question. In general, however, outdoor editors want information their readers can use, which means details about your trip, getting there, types of equipment, difficulty, and a sense of the cost.

Outdoor editors also want your experience, your story of what the trip was actually like. Was it fun? What made it fun for you? Was it difficult? Why? from your perspective.

Of course, outdoor writing may also include interviewing the stars or heroes of the great outdoors, or the innkeepers in faraway places. Or the skipper of the boat or the leader of the expedition. The possibilities are literally endless.

Like any genre, your outdoor writing must be clear; good writing is demanded by outdoor editors. But outdoor writing also can provide a home for your unique style.

Outdoor Writing Business

The business of outdoor writing is much like that of any other kind of writing; queries are your passport to magazine articles and many outdoor websites. You'll need to track your expenses, and negotiate repayment for them.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may end up with a book contract or a regular column - it's all possible with outdoor writing.

So leave your computer, get away from your desk and get outdoors!

Write well, and often.



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