Having articles published is a definite boost to a career. Getting your first article published stimulates your writing efforts and establishes more credibility with your clients.
My first article
I always enjoyed reading books and creative writing classes I took in high school. When I was in graduate school, I took a course that involved interviewing people with various psychological disturbances. One of the people was a battered wife who had been paralyzed by her spouse. I was intrigued by why she stayed in that relationship; I decided to do my paper for the course on domestic violence.
My nursing professor said to me, “This is a great paper. You ought to turn it into an article.” I said, “How do I do that?” The professor explained a little bit of the process: Find a journal in my field, look at the writing style, review the requirements for submitting an article for publication, and send it in to the journal.
After I sent in my article and it was accepted, to my surprise someone copyedited it to the point that I couldn’t find a single sentence that I had written. Later I found that was the style of that particular journal. The journal published my article, The Battered Wife, in 1980. The experience encouraged me to keep writing.
The second article that I wrote flowed from a paper that I presented at the American Diabetes Association Annual Conference on pregnancy and diabetes. My paper was based on work I did in graduate school. The association’s editor asked me to turn the presentation into an article.
Next, I poured my heart into a third article about my experiences having a premature baby. I explained the circumstances of my first son’s birth and included advice to nurses to help parents who were going through a similar experience. I have been writing for publication ever since.
Today, we can all be publishers of our thoughts and share expertise in blogs, either our own or as a guest blogger. What are the innovations making a difference in your business? What can you share that positions yourself as a business person, an authority, or a thought leader? How can you influence your industry by what you’ve learned to be true? Think strategically and creatively and then start writing.