How to Choose Which Stories or Articles to Write
The interest overlap
Every writer has specific topics for articles or other formats they get excited about. Personally, for instance, I like anything to do with mental health. And on one hand, you’ll hear people tell you to write only what you’re passionate about. Doing so, they tell you, will ensure that your storytelling is authentic and enjoyable.
On the other hand, people also will tell you to pay attention to the trends. If you ignore what other people want to read, you won’t have a prayer of attracting an agent/publisher. It can be almost impossible to gain much of a loyal following, too.
But there is a happy middle ground, as shown by the Venn diagram below.
If you can find the overlap between your interests and the interests of your readers, you can have a decent shot at a paycheck without feeling like you’re going to hurl onto your keyboard.
What articles or stories will go quick, quick, quick?
Think about which story or topic is going to be the easiest and fastest for you to produce. One rationale for this is psychological. If you can get something out to readers quickly with minimal effort, then you’ll likely feel more confident. You’ll probably be more motivated to continue with the harder or more comprehensive concepts. There’s also a practical side to the approach, too, however. The more articles or books you can get out into the world without delay, the sooner you’ll get paid and have a comprehensive portfolio and platform.
You can look at influence internally, too. A topic might not be the hottest on your ideas list. But if it’s one that has a lot of potential to grow you, then it’s likely one that’s worthy of your effort.