Archive for March 2012

The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination (J.K.Rowling)   1 comment

I found this on a fellow blogger’s site and reblogged it once on my blog, Healthy, Happy Living http://thinhealthyandlovingit.wordpress.com/. Since WordPress seems to allow only one reblog per post, I am sending a direct link to the speech from J.K. Rowling to the 2008 graduate class of Harvard. It will leave you amazed as well as inspired.

J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary deg...

J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary degree from The University of Aberdeen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Link: http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination

Enjoy!

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Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

Is your writing a hobby or a business? If your writing is a hobby it’s something you want to share, maybe post it and earn some money from it. But earning money isn’t your goal, it’s a byproduct. If your writing is a business, you’re out to create the best product you can and make money off your writing. Money is the goal.

How do I treat my writing as a business?

You need to create a quality product that you market and sale to readers. This means you need to figure out what you want to write, who you are writing for, how to create a superior product that stands out from the crowd, and where to market your book.

~Read and read and read. You should read books you love, not just to study the writing craft, but also read for enjoyment.

~You should start by learning to…

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“In A Nutshell” How to Create the Well-written Blog or Things That Keep Readers Coming Back For More   11 comments

Paragraphs & Hamburger Metaphor

Paragraphs & Hamburger Metaphor (Photo credit: Looking&Learning)

I follow a lot of blogs, for various reasons. Things that keep me interested and reading to the end of each blog post are few and easy to relay.

1. The posts are not only interesting, but basic principles of good writing employed as well as grammar and spell-checked before pressing the Publish button. ( “Ten Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing” http://grammar.about.com/od/developingessays/a/quicktips.htm.)

2.  The post’s layout is easy to maneuver.  Typing in a stream of consciousness format does not make for a good read, except maybe in a personal journal. Large paragraphs get broken up into approximately five sentences per is better than having the entire blog written as one long, meandering paragraph.

  • A lot of white space gives the reader a chance to catch their breath and keeps their mind and eyes from wandering. Worse case scenario, the reader wanders out of the blog post before they read it all the way through. If this happens too many times–

3. Brevity, around 500 words per post is best at one sitting. When a reader sees much more than this, they tend to skim. Skimming is bad. Why have all those words if the reader is just going to pass them over.

4. They get to the point in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Readers come to a blog for information and/or entertainment. They won’t ever say so, but they really don’t want to hear about Aunt Tessie’s surgery if the blog is about great works of art.

5. Again, brevity, when a reader sees multiple  posts in a 24 hour period from any one blogger, they can start to feel overwhelmed (and yes, annoyed) . That’s when they begin to push the delete button before they even read the posts. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  • No matter how great the content, if dozens of posts show up, one right after another from one blogger, readers may start pushing that little TRASH CAN button a lot as well! Especially if they follow as many of blogs as I do.
  •  Special circumstances do make it reasonable to send out multiple posts. But it should work out okay if the readers know and understand the special circumstances before Publishing, Publishing, Publishing ad nauseam.

Even if a blogger thinks they have reams of words to write that they think everyone in the entire world wants to read, the best tactic is to keep each post at around 500 words with no more than 2 posts per day. Do this and blog followers should remain happy and keep coming back for more well-written and interesting content.

Keep writing and make it good!

Posted March 19, 2012 by LediaR in Creative Ideas, Good blog writing

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Limebird Writers

Do you ever sit down in front of a blank page, after finally finishing all of your procrastination, and then just find yourself staring at the blank page with no idea of what to write or where to start?

There’s a brilliant exercise that I read a few years ago, in an incredibly good and depressingly short lived writing magazine, that was all about how to choose your first word when you’re having trouble finding one. It’s quick, as the name suggests. It’s fairly simple, and all you need is a book within easy reach. So I thought I’d share it with you.

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