Why I'm not making up stories...

... and advise you not to.

Useful advice from Irina Pobochino, author of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Irina Pobokina

Indeed, often people are concerned with the question "is it Really impossible to write?"

Answer — you can.

It is possible to completely come up with words based only on their experiences and fantasies. Well, if the article you need one or two history, then such an option can pass. But if eight or ten?

Enough your experience on ten stories on the topic, say what trouble may await a child in school? Or "How I coped with the divorce."

The same with comments. Working as an editor, I clearly understood, as much as I thought that these poor three lines can write itself, it is better to ask.

For example, in a text about successful Housewives I can insert the invented experience and the real can, and sign his real name, for example, Lena Losev. And let's say a hundred people who will open a glossy magazine, one girl will say — exactly! This is the author of Cosmo! And my words on the pages will trust.

And then you say in secret: if you write an article entirely of invented stories is seen. Yes, no doubt. Because, as a rule, there where the end of our experience, we begin to think in patterns. But real life it is, fortunately, much wider than any part.

I had a sad experience. About a year ago I wrote an article about how the girls went somewhere else (to study or work in another country, got married and moved to her husband in the neighboring town), but for various reasons they had to return. History going as inactive, and I stuck to come up with them myself. Proud of myself, was sent for comments to the psychologists. And I get a text. Normal text — with experience, with expert commentary. But at the last moment Alya Badanina, who was then Deputy editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, an article from the ether removed, saying that not enough insights, in most cases it is not clear at all — well went, well back.

Recently I realized why — it was not for these stories of life. It was not the tragedy, of experience. It was dry. And experts, commenting on the imagination, also did not see further development, and gave a terse assessment of what is happening, not telling how to get out how to solve the problem. Yes, to be sure, the problems were very standard, except for the couple of stories that were real.

Always remember — even if what you write reads just one person, you must be truthful.

Even when you write a PR article for your words there should be no word of untruth. If you write about the wonderful features of the device, then they are in it. If you write about reliability, then give a quote that confirms this. If you write about the miraculous cosmetics, do not be lazy in the text to tell why she's so wonderful not generalities, and the example composition.

Think about what people "beyond the page" you are not stupid, and not repeat the mistakes of others!

Good luck!

Irina Pobokina, the author of Cosmopolitan magazine

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