The topic for our Writers' Group next week is "An Article suitable for a newspaper". Here is a dilemma.
The farmer and I take two newspapers. He takes the Yorkshire Post and I take the Times. His choice is because a) they have always taken it and b) it features local news (if it happens further away than thirty miles it is difficult to capture the farmer's interest.)
My choice is because I really admire the quality of the writing. I particularly enjoy Matthew Parris, Robert Crampton, Caitlin Moran and Simon Barnes. But I never come across an article - whether I agree with it or not - that I don't consider very well-written. Sometimes - maybe as often as once a week - I read something which I think is so well written that I need to read it again and again.
Now here is the dilemma. Do I dash off an article which would do for the Yorkshire Post (I am not suggesting that the articles are badly written, just that on the whole they are less so than the Times, both in content and in style), or do I struggle to try and emulate my favourite writers? I know that if I do the latter then I shall fail - but surely it is worth a try.
Then there is the subject matter. Would anyone out there like to suggest a subject I might choose to write about - it needs to be about 250 words and suitable for publication in a newspaper.