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Writing Advice: the Good, the Bad and the Useful!   4 comments

Line art representation of a Quill

Line art representation of a Quill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Writing exercise 3

Writing exercise 3 (Photo credit: aaipodpics)

One thing I hate to see is bad advice given. One particular bit of “bad advice” I keep reading about is, “If you want to become a better writer, all you need to do is write, write, write. The more you write, the better writer you will become.” That is like telling someone who wants to become a carpenter, “All you need to do is grab a hammer and some nails and build, build, build. Then after, hmm let’s say a really long time, maybe you will create something worth sitting on, living in, or whatever.”

I have better advice. “Learn HOW to write first!

  • Take CLASSES on writing
  • READ books on writing and successful authors in the genre(s) that interest you
  •  AND THEN write, write, write, after you have learned how to first

Next on the list is to join a CRITIQUE GROUP, that is if you are REALLY interested in becoming a writer that others want to read!

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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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