Wednesday, February 6, 2008

If You Want to Write...

The latest in our weekly writing-tips blog series... we're now about 11 posts away from #100! Isn't this exciting?

Turn Your Homework into Clips

As teenagers, most of us are obliged to do homework for a living. With all those unpaid research papers, math tests, history projects-- what's a WriTeen to do? Get published, of course. Just as it is stupid to buy ten books at Borders without using your $100 gift card, it's ridiculous to enter the nonfiction freelance world and not use your teen-earned wisdom. Or slave labor.

Choose your research papers wisely. Research a topic you know will be of interest to a magazine. If "Elizabethan Today" pays well, write your MLA citation paper on Elizabethan cosmetics. Then write an article on how to "get that white lead look," using the same sources you used to get an A.

Use the student angle 24/7. SAT woes? Write an opinion piece for your newspaper on how College Board is swiping millions of dollars from the student population. Discovered a handy tip for buying calculators? Query "MathNerdzZine" with your student-tested expertise. Always use your age to your advantage; and if you can't, don't mention it.

Got any other tips for turning homework into cash-- I mean, tips? Legal tips? Leave 'em in the comments.

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