As wrote Stephen King in his memorable book On Writing, “if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot”. Of course, there are different kinds of reading. But if you’re looking to develop certain skills for your profession, then some mediums are more useful than others. Here are 10 magazines every writer must read, from indie publications to mainstream issues you’ll find on newsstands. Take a look!
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1. Mental Floss
Mental Floss also has its own quirky magazine filled with unconventional information and trivia. This magazine will give you material for new ideas and arm you with a bunch of facts that will make you feel smarter at parties.
You might not be building your own drone anytime soon, but if your well of inspiration has been drying up lately, pick up an issue of Make: and pay attention to the design-centric focus.
3. Lucky Peach
This food-focused publication contains plenty of smart and inspiring long form writing. The Lucky Peach‘s editors manage to take things that might seem trivial and turn them into page-turning essays with great titles such as “The Life of an Indian Cucumber” and “The Honey Hunters.”
4. Fast Company
Always on the pulse of what’s next for the modern workforce, Fast Company frequently publishes articles about freelancing, productivity, and the science behind creativity.
5. Oxford American
Specializing in the art of the personal essay, Oxford American focuses on topics that connect to the South that can inspire you to turn out more first-person writing, including must-read essays like “Walking the Tornado Line” and “How I Became a Famous Writer.”
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Although reading well-written features that help you come up with ideas are very beneficial, you also need to stay up on the business aspects of running a freelance business. Entrepreneur makes it easy for you to do both at the same time.
7. The New Yorker
The New Yorker is probably today’s gold standard for magazines when it comes to both nonfiction and fiction. The magazine definitely has a type, but every week in print, and every day online, you can expect to find long form and writing on complex topics and unique interview subjects.
Esquire has arguably the most impressive literary heritage for any magazine not named The New Yorker. The pub has certainly evolved a bit over the years to fit in more with GQ et al., but it counters quick-hitting listicles and slideshows with long-form features and non-fiction book excerpts.
9. Vanity Fair
Witty in the right spots and surprisingly in-depth, Vanity Fair takes the issues of the day and turns them into creative nonfiction that you’ll enjoy reading.
10. The Atlantic
The spot-on cultural commentary of The Atlantic has won it plenty of awards over the years. Articles like “What If the Allies Had Lost World War I?” and “To Write a Great Essay, Think and Care Deeply” are good examples of work that made it the respected publication it is today.
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