When there are so many creative writers out there, why is it that so relative few are published? Could it be that they don't have the self-confidence to move forward to publication? Or is it because they don't know how to get published?

Every creative writer soars when they see their first byline. Every writer should have that experience. Seeing your work in print is something that will never grow old. Call it a pride thing, if you will. Call it an ego trip. Call it self-centered. Call it what you want. Published writers call it slavery and reward, zest and zeal, salary and bonus.

So how do you get your work published? It really isn't that hard. The hard part is in your self-discipline to follow through. Try these things:

1. Go to your local newspaper and ask for a reporting job. Local papers usually have an opening for a reporter that will cover such things as Chamber of Commerce events, School Board reports, and sports functions.

2. It makes little difference whether or not you get that job. There are other ways to wiggle your way into a newspaper. Look for accidents to report. While you wait for the mess to be cleared away, interview people who saw the accident and take

pictures. (The paper will give you $5 extra for each picture they use.) Ask one of the policemen which officer is in charge. Go up to that officer with all the brass in your bones and tell him you are a stringer for _________ (name of local paper). (Anyone can be a stringer.) Ask if you can see him after the accident is cleared away. At that time, he will give you the names, ages, and perhaps addresses of those involved in the accident. This is time sensitive reporting, so get it to the newspaper quick.

3. Look for people who have unusual hobbies and interview them. Turn the interview into your local newspaper, and don't forget the pictures.

4. Look for people doing weird things – like skiing down a dry street in the spring. That really happened. That was a news story waiting to be written!

5. Keep the money rolling by resubmitting the same stories to small newspapers all over the United States. The library will supply you with an extensive list of thousands of newspapers. One article regularly resubmitted can net you hundreds of dollars!

6. When you have shown your local newspaper editor that you can get the job done, and done well, go back and ask for that reporting job over and over. Fill out an application. One of these days a spot will open up and guess who he will think of first. You.

The great thing about submitting news articles is that it doesn't take much talent; beginners have a good shot at being published; and it is a great way to get your first published clippings. Newspapers pay on acceptance, too, so it is quick money. Start reporting today!