I’ve been contributing to magazines and newspaper since the year 2000. It was a good way of making money and a chance to exercise my writing skills. At the time, I was still hoping to be a novelist and that was the goal. I didn’t realise that non-fiction was going to be my forte and that it was going to sustain me for most of my writing career.
I contributed to magazines more, not knowing how to apply as a contributing writer to the newspaper’s lifestyle pages until I met the right people and got a chance. Thankfully, the time I spent working in magazines gave me a strong enough portfolio to be given a chance.
I like writing for newspapers because I reach a broader market. I think my work in magazines had been better but newspapers have a wider circulation and are read by everyone. And that’s why we write: because we want to be read.
I feel very lucky to be writing for Youngstar. With an amazing editorial board, my past few articles, I feel, finally got my voice out. I always had trouble with my voice when writing articles. But assignment after assignment, I feel like I’m finally getting there.
Today’s Youngstar is their second installment to their “How to” issue with various ways of showing you, well, how to do things. And I wrote about coming out. I feel really close to this because I still have issues about being gay, obviously. But here was a chance for me to try and help others come to terms with themselves based on what I know. Hopefully it makes a difference to someone. It’s one of the more meaningful articles I’ve written — especially with my current Zachary Quinto obsession (of course, he’s mentioned in the article) and my fight against HIV.
I hope you like it.