10 Magazines Every Writer Should Read

It's not about information - it's about the experience.

Magazines contain relatively short articles you can finish in ranges anywhere between five to fifteen minutes depending on the content and so forth.

Why read a magazine?

It's not about information - it's about the experience.

The Internet is bursting with information, and everything that's in the printed magazine is online - yet, curling up with a cup of coffee on a sofa, and having a magazine in my hands is just a quiet moment which I treasure.

Magazines contain relatively short articles you can finish in ranges anywhere between five to fifteen minutes depending on the content and so forth.

Some magazines are THE magazines that most great thinkers and leading experts read within their respective field. 

Magazines offer a wide load of opinions and varying perspectives on issues which really further one's insight into particular issues.

This one is my favourite -  Reader's Digest which holds Inspiring stories, hilarious jokes, and surprising advice on health, weight loss & more. It is a compact book which gives content on health, true stories, humour, personality, Opinion, Facts, Fiction, Interview etc and more importantly lets you dream and generate more ideas for your writing. One year subscription comes around Rs.1000 and discounted 2 year and 3 year subscription are also a good option to choose from.

You can check out the subscriptions here Reader's Digest India and get daily feeds form their online page Reader's Digest India - Articles on Health, True Stories, Humor, Personality, Opinion, Facts, Fiction, Interview

Publisher: India Today Group. Category: Lifestyle. Language: English. Frequency: Monthly.

Reader's Digest makes me more knowledgeable of what happens at all over the world. I also love the funny anecdotes and the vocabulary games. I will definitely recommend Reader's Digest to anyone who likes reading.

And I highly recommend everyone to read at least one credible magazine a week.

1. Mental Floss

You may be familiar with the popular YouTube channel and website, but 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. How could you not with articles like “15 Words You Didn’t Realize Were Named After People” and “How Much Paper Would It Take to Print the Internet?“?

2. Make:

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. How-to articles are always popular, and as you are thinking of your own skills that could apply to potential pieces, you can also learn from articles like: “Build a Cordless Drill Powered Go-Kart” and “How to Make an Awesome Death Star Piñata.”

3. Lucky Peach

This food-focused publication contains plenty of smart and inspiring longform writing. The 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 Co. frequently publishes articles about freelancing, productivity, and the science behind creativity. Be sure to read “4 Things Freelancers Wish You Understood” and “How Freelancers Could Determine the Next Presidential Election.”

5. Oxford American

Specializing in the art of the personal essay, this publication 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.”

6. Entrepreneur

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. Useful articles include “The Portfolio Life: A Surprising Route to Job Security” and “The 15 Best Freelance Websites to Find Jobs.”

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 longform and longer form writing on complex topics and unique interview subjects. In other words, it publishes the kind of high-brow writing we all aspire to produce. “Tomorrow’s Advance Man,” about venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, is a great longform piece worth reading; for a brief treatise on writing, reading anything by Mary Norris.

8. Esquire

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 longform features and non-fiction book excerpts. For some diverse recommended reading, check out “Elon Musk: The College Years” and “The Life of a Clown.”

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. Don’t miss “Buzz Bissinger on Writing ‘Call Me Caitlyn’ and the Worldwide Reaction That Followed” and “How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield.”

10. The Atlantic

The spot-on cultural commentary of The Atlantic has won it plenty of awards over the years—and, more impressively, it loves working with freelancers (okay, we’re a little biased). 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.

The moral of the story here is rather simple: read. Read more. And try to read work that will help you do your own job better—all in the name of research, of course.

That said, take a look at some of these brands that have got awesome print magazines.

Hope you like my suggestions. Happy reading

Reference: 10 Magazines Every Writer Should Read | Contently