Coronavirus Diary 67 – Pitching ideas to the national newspapers

Following all the events I’ve gone through in the last few weeks, I was kindly tipped off about a possible opening for writing an article for a newspaper as opposed to being the subject of them!

Last week I pitched 3 ideas to a quality broadsheet newspaper and was delighted to find out that 2 of my ideas were accepted.  So whilst not in any way a commitment on their part, I’m in the process of writing out two articles and seeing if they get published.

I always wanted to be a journalist but was strongly discouraged at college so I did something else which I wasn’t too good at and failed it before trying something different.

Similarly I wanted to do history at High School but wasn’t allowed as that was more for girls and I had to do science and I was very good at Physics but not at Chemistry and yet I went on to get a degree and a Masters degree in History just a few years later.

I wonder if children today still have their lives and studies ruined by such stupid ideas and this was only around 1990.

I think I’ve proven that I’m actually pretty ok at history and even made a career out of it and I don’t think I’m a slouch in the writing department.  My Chemistry career has yet to really take-off but who knows how long this virus will last!  Maybe I should have taken Biology instead.

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 67 – Pitching ideas to the national newspapers

  1. Marilyn Allan says:

    Yes, I think I mentioned not long ago you should be a writer!!! 👍👍👍


  2. Marilyn Allan says:

    Stephen, I am trying to find the article about the Liddell families! Can you send to me? I want to send to my sister, and I don.’t see it anymore! Marilyn

    Sent from my iPhone



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