5 Mags That Improve Your Writing
I am a reader. I admit I don’t read as deliberately and as much as I should, but it is important to me to read interesting articles and make notice of the way various writers use words. Some people can string together a series of words that will make me read and then re-read in awe. I always strive to better my writing. It’s a lifelong process, like the pursuit of being a phenomenal blogger. I am working diligently at both.
Below are five magazines I read on a consistent basis because I enjoy the writers and the way they use words. These magazine’s writers are always succinct yet provocative and thought-provoking.
NEWSWEEK: I’m not sure about this, but I suspect Newsweek sunk funds into paying better writers because their content is quite good these days. Recent great read: Donatella Versace Unveils Budget Fashion Line for H&M. Favorite sentence:
Nearby, a very well-groomed young man in a tuxedo jacket is futzing with a dangling drape on one of the windows, clearly nervous about the lack of glamour such an image conveys.
A handful of innovative vegan eateries are thriving in Los Angeles, attracting health-conscious celebrities in flip-flops and studio execs in suits and replacing old power-lunch locales like the Ivy.
THE ECONOMIST: I love The Economist. It’s just smart reading. When I was in London last month I saw the Economist HQ and almost lost my mind. I am indeed an Economist fangirl! Recent great read: The Q&A: Björk, musician: Still solving riddles. Favorite sentence:
She spins and spins while making the occasional intuitive leap, until finally a dazzling shape materialises.
VOGUE: Some argue Vogue’s content has waned in the past few years, but I differ. There is always an article or two that pique my interest and are extremely well-written to boot. Recent great read: My Week With Michelle. Favorite Sentence:
A few minutes later, we’re sitting in a brick wall–enclosed garden, talking over glasses of wine in the muggy twilight.
O MAGAZINE: I love O’s Writer at Large and columnist, Lisa Kogan. Her writing is so real and authentic. She’d be a fabulous blogger if she wasn’t already a world famous author and writer. Recent great read: How to Relax Now (Damn It!). Favorite sentence:
How does a woman live more than 40 years without having one idea for tomorrow’s ideas meeting?
I do realize that magazine writing is far different than blogging. We have to stay as brief as possible, no time for lofty language. I do argue that reading professional writers only makes us better bloggers. What do you read?