Word Mulch – How Writers Can Re-Purpose Anything You Write

Do you mulch your writing? Mulch is a protective covering of organic matter placed around tender plants. Good gardeners use it judiciously to keep their plants safe and help them thrive. You have your own kind of mulch that can lead to increased publication and protect you from idea starvation.

As a writer, you need to create literary mulch and apply it liberally so that you can get more mileage out of everything you write. Literary mulch is a blend of the “living” and “already used” matter of writing.  This is one writing class you are going to enjoy, because it lets you leverage work already done multiple times 송파스웨디시.

Mulching is fun and profitable. You mix new words with your ideas to form fresh creations. You mulch parts of your completed works to make new ones.   Even if you are a new writer, you probably have more than one idea and several examples of your writing. That means that you have numerous opportunities to remix pieces of your work.

When I had been working hard at writing for only a few months, I had a growing number of credits to my name. Let me give you some examples of how I have used literary mulch to get published so you can do the same.  My point here is not to promote myself, but to demonstrate to you that you can apply mulching to your own work and become a more profitable author.  

Extensive training as a massage therapist allowed me to knead words into stories. You have a wealth of stories in you as well. Here’s how the mulch idea works. Let’s say that a massage site accepts an article. Even if the site did not pay, you will be able to put your website at the end of the article.  I made a useful professional contact because of a situation like this.

After a little mulching action, you can take the original story, blend it with some new material, and you may have four or five or even a dozen related yet completely different pieces. You can fit the story idea into other markets in this way. An article about massage for relaxation can be – well – massaged into an article about the benefits of massage for seniors, giving your spouse a massage, and so forth. Each article will read differently, and yet the core idea is the same.

Getting a paycheck for your writing is an exciting moment, and perhaps you will revise one of your unpaid pieces and find that a magazine pays you for it. My first paid article about massage for seniors appeared in a regional magazine.  And yes, it had a little of the original article with new material properly niched for the needs of seniors.  

Stop and think how you can apply this principle to your own writing. Why not take articles from your blog, freshen them up, and put them into places like EzineArticles.com? Then, how about taking these pieces, reworking them by mulching original material into them, and creating a lead-generating ebook, or even a product?   If you are like me, you are always looking for more opportunities to write and get published.

I entered contests, sent queries, and kept thinking of new ways to get the most mileage out of my work. One of the things I wanted to do was to write a column for our local newspaper. At first, the editor said no. But “no” is not necessarily permanent. I treated him with respect but kept checking in with him. Soon, my joyful living column was born. The first story was a loser in a personal essay competition – but a winner in reader popularity. Years later, I still receive comments about that dog tale, which I presented live at a regional writers meeting.

And you guessed it; that article with some modifications is in other places and also in my first book.More mulch. Another contest loser, appeared with two photographs in a regional magazine. Incidentally, the editor turned down the first article I submitted. Don’t let a “no” get you down.  A “no” on one article does not mean you are persona non grata forever.  

I shopped around a contest-losing short story. After receiving one additional rejection, a whimsical short story became my first published (and paid) short story.  A book publisher rejected a haiku that went on to win an international poetry contest. Now I am an award-winning author published on five continents. My point is this.


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