Most writers have a cuttings file. Cuttings are items clipped from newspapers and magazines and retained for their factual usefulness in future writing. Look for relevant, amusing or unusual items that tie-up with subjects which interest you. File them under their respective headings. They can be used in addition to books on the subjects.
When an idea occurs to you for an article you can take out your relevant collection of cuttings. Sort through these, selecting the items which will make an interesting, readable article. Alternatively, sometimes by searching through a selection of cuttings several article ideas will occur. It isalso a good idea for those of you who intend to write short stories or novels to clip out events concerning people or other subjects around which you might weave a story.
Naturally, you will only keep cutting of those subjects in which you have a special interest or are likely to write about. Otherwise, you would soon be inundated with paper as well as pending too much time on your cuttings. A simple method of making a cuttings file is to obtain a number of envelopes. A good size is 10×12 inches. Write the subject’s name on the top of the envelope. These can then be files in alphabetical order in a large box. As the collection of cuttings increases some of the subjects can be divided into their own sections.
Eventually a filing cabinet or several,may be needed to house your cuttings envelopes. With a little use, you will soon realize the importance of a good cuttings file to help you to produce a steady output of articles. If you find this method is not for you, then experiment to develop something that suits you and is more convenient. But do try it first – you don’t know how useful it is until you have tried it.
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