How to Write an Article for the
by David Ottalini
Washington Apple Pi Journal, reprint
Whether a short time Pi member or a longer-lived one like
me, the Pi Journal has hopefully become one of your best
"friends." Every other month, the Journal brings you great
articles, reviews and information about your club.
But unless you are one of a small group of people, there
is one thing you won't see in the magazine - an article by
you. The Journal is driven by material written by
volunteers. One of its biggest strengths over the years has
been the wonderful contributions by members. The vast
majority of material came >from within.
Today, the mix has changed - it's still 90 pages, but we
are using more and more outside material, articles by folks
who are not Pi members. The magazine is still a good one -
our Editor Kathryn Murray does an outstanding job. But it
could be so much better with contributions from our own
We're all busy - believe me I know that. Juggling your
time between family and work is a never ending battle. But
I'd like to put a challenge before you. Instead of watching
TV for an hour this weekend, use the time to write an
article for the Journal. Write 500 to 750 words. Tell us
what you do with your Mac. Why did you buy it? What do your
kids use it for. What is your favorite web site? I suspect
that once you get going, you'll find that the words come
easily. After all, you're talking about one of your favorite
appliances - your Macintosh computer.
If every member of the club wrote just one articleof 500
to 750 words, we would have more material than we could use
in a year's worth of magazines. And once you've written one,
I suspect you'll find that you forgot something - a review,
say, of your favorite program.
And if you have trouble putting together a complete
article, how about doing this - write me three sentences
each (where applicable) to the following questions and email
them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do the rest.
My Name Is:
I've Been a Pi member since:
I Work As A:
I Have This Kind of Mac:
I First Found Out About the Macintosh By/From :
I Bought a Mac Because:
The Best Thing about my Mac Is:
I would recommend a Mac to others because:
I Use My Mac Primarily For:
My Favorite Software Package is:
It's My Favorite Because:
(If you have kids) My Kids like the Mac because:
Their favorite games are:
That's all there is to it! Answer the questions, send
them to me and I'll turn them into an article for you.
You'll get final approval before its submitted to Ms. Murry
for publication. But better yet, just turn everything into
your own article and submit it to our editor directly.
You'll get a thrill seeing your name in print and the
knowledge that you're helping make the Pi Journal a better
magazine for all our members.