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Hello everybody!

I'm a 21 year old girl currently residing in Australia, and have been interested in zines for a long time, and have always wanted to make one of my own!

My interests include music (riot grrrl, playing bass), witchcraft/wicca, videogames, fashion (alternative, vintage), animal rights, books (non-fiction, fiction and manga/comics), eastern eye films, and art.

I hope to find some good tips and advice about making a zine. I pretty much know how to put one together, but my problem is finding topics to write about. I'm wanting to do a per-zine that focuses around my life as a university student and also my interests. My question is, how do you come up with topic ideas to write regarding your life/interests? (Sorry if it's a lame question, but I have been really stuck on this one!)

This forum looks really interesting, and I'm looking forward to having a good look around and join in on the interesting conversations going on!

Thanks :D~

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Hello, and welcome! :)

I'm by no means as experienced as some of our members here, so hopefully other people will give you better advice. I think that the best way to start writing and getting inspired is to write about something you care about when it comes to your interests. Maybe a 101 of your favourite films and directors? A personal story about your experience with Wicca? Or maybe some opinions and thoughts about leather, for example, or a review of your favourite videogame. There's really no right way to go about, and you can be as personal or objective, as general or as specific as you'd like. It might help if you have a target audience in mind for each piece or for your zine as a whole (do you want to impart your wisdom to people who are new to Wicca and riot grrrl, or do you want to share thoughts with people who have been into it for a longer time and have moved beyond the basics)? But that's by no means a rule and the beauty of zines is that your audience might find you rather than you having to actively cater to one.

I think your ideas sound incredibly interesting! Perhaps you could share what it's like to be a university student and, for example, having your altar in your dorm room, or vegetarian lunches in the dining halls, or local bands.

Good luck! I'm also going to add you as a friend if that's ok, because I'm very curious about your work and want to stay updated. :)

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