Being a columnist in a national newspaper or well-known magazine and dazzling readers with your knowledge and wit is many writers’ dream. However, take a look through the papers and magazines and you’ll see that many of them are written by experts in a particular field, celebrities or established writers, with a long queue waiting to take their place.
This isn’t to say you can’t be a columnist, but starting out small can lead to bigger things in the future. Why not try a local paper? If you have lived in a particular area or have specialist knowledge, which is relevant to that area, they may welcome a regular column from you.
Many local churches and charities have newsletters, which need input. They won’t pay, but it’s a start and if you have a regular column, it’s something to add to your writing CV and you’ll also have some examples to send to an editor when you approach a paying publication.