Archive | April 2012

Are you an On-Line Hater?

Came across this interesting competition via Twitter.

Have a look at it at http://www.bizsugar.com/blog/2012/04/19/tips-dealing-with-online-haters-contest/

My entry was as follows:

“I can only dream of building a tribe of digital haters! Being a somewhat silly old foreign ‘Git’ in the land of my forefathers, I spend most of my senior years observing those that walk among us on this wonderful island they call the United Kingdom.

Of course, until now, I have often wondered which side of the fence I sat on?

There is a fine line between those that whinge (which I have been told that the British have turned into an art form) and those that offer constructive criticism.

Then another learned person once advised me that the creator have given me one mouth but TWO ears and that I may just learn more from listening? He also had the audacity to tell me that no one knew I was stupid until I opened my mouth!”

The point that I am trying to make, is that there are many forms of writing out there, but perhaps this is the saddest of them all. Why some people spend their time writing nasty things about others on-line, I do not know. If only they could channel their rage into something more positive. But then again, some would say that this is the very essence of ‘Free Speech’?

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You are a Writer (So start acting like one)

Need some transparent advice about writing? Then read “You are a Writer” (So start acting like one)  www.youareawriter.com

To Jeff Goins , many thanks for sharing this with me.

For some time now, I have been searching for a transparent explanation of why I want to be a writer and indeed the fact that I was already a writer. I just needed some affirmation?

Not a blogger or businessperson?

Around page 20, I got a little bit confused with this statement; further on though, you did explain.

I especially enjoyed the point form of the important bits.

For example, if I needed a platform, then do 1, 2, and 3. Magic!

The Elements of a Brand, namely Name, Image and Voice. Hard hitting specifics!

Your e-book has finally provided me with a clear, no nonsense explanation of how, what where and when; and more importantly, the ‘why’ to writing.

Up until this point, all the resources were confusing me.
I now have a game plan and for this I am grateful.

Once again Jeff, a big thank you.

Is there passion in your writing?

This question was asked when reviewing another Blog site.

What does it mean this word passion?

One dictionary says it is “A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.”

I believe one should do whatever strums your guitar with passion. If, for some reason or another, you do not enjoy what you are doing, then why are you doing it in the first place?

Now do not get me wrong. There is honour in any work, however humble or grand it may be. But to get the feeling that what you do is important, on some type of grand scale of things, you need the passion in your approach to doing it.

Let it radiate the sunshine you feel inside of yourself!

A guest post by BarrieDavenport of Live Bold and Bloom outlines 6 Key Steps to Finding Your Passion as a Writer. She makes wonderful sense. (http://writetodone.com/2011/03/09/6-key-steps-to-finding-your-passion-as-a-writer/

Another way of getting to grips with the various techniques of writing could be by attending a formal get together like www.festivalofwriting.com. People who have attended such workshops, come away feeling all charged up, invigorated and just plain crazy about getting back to writing.

Personally, I enjoy reading a good book from an author that has been there, seen the film and got the T-Shirt. When Wilbur Smith writes about Africa, you are transported there, smelling the scents wafting across the ‘bush veldt’, sensing the urgency of the hunt, shivering with fear, as he leads you through the story.

It is all part of your objective. Instil passion in your writing and extend it to your readers. You exist to entertain them?

Does Size Matter?

Don’t even go there!
This is a serious question about getting my (or your) message out there.

So far I have been trying to understand three words that the top writers, bloggers and helpers out there say are important.
Message, Platform and Tribe?

Message – What am I trying to communicate;
Platform – My stage from which I am transmitting my message;
Tribe – Group of people with similar interests, interacting with my message.

So back to this size thing.

Is it important how big my message is? Must it be a mission statement, an earth shattering shout of what I am striving to achieve, or a simple statement, indicating what I like.

I am a writer, both freelance and mainline, creating recordings in various formats. Most of all, I enjoy what I do.
At present, my platform is a wooden soap box; my message is small?
The tribe, well, there are a few followers, even if their stay is brief.

What is important to me at this point in time is to write. To write now and tomorrow. To write continuously.
The rest will sort itself out, with a fair amount of help from those that have been there and done it!

So in between writing, I will be reading.Readingand learning.
And I will be happy.

Page Rankings and Back-links.

During the Easter break, I came across a Blogging competition which I had hoped to enter, but discovered that my Blog’s PR (Page Ranking) was not high enough.
The competitions rules required a PR of at least 2. Mine was somewhat less than that. In fact it was not good enough to even make the PR list and was lost somewhere on a supplemental list!
Oh the shame of it?

Guess I will be investigating how to improve this situation by using more Back-links and other tricks?
Have a look here:
http://www.prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php

 

What do you do for a living?

Spending time at my Grow Your Own vegetable plot with all the other weekend garden warriors, is great for the mind, body and soul. This Easter Weekend was no different.

Time well spent.  I charged up the old batteries, worked with manure, glared at the resilient weeds and chatted to the other gardening enthusiasts.

Met a new member of the local allotment society and after exchanging ‘Howdy Dos’, he asked me what I do for a living. I’m a writer, I said. He informed me that he was a Garbage Man.

A silence followed, as is want to happen when meeting someone for the first time.
Then he said, “So we are in similar trades” Not knowing quite what to reply, I merely frowned knowingly?

“Yea” he continued, “You write about it and I haul it!” and then, strangely enough, we both burst out laughing!

I think I’ve finally got the hang of this local sense of humour.

Like the saying goes – ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Something that one person considers worthless may be considered valuable by someone else.

What I am trying to elude to is that no matter what the occupation of your reader is, the writer’s main goal is to enthrall, captivate, keep the reader coming back for more.

Secondly, no matter how you, the writer, considers his or her written work to be, trash or treasure, get someone else to read it, editing the first or second draft.

And finally, take the constructive criticism bravely; it is all part of the learning curve?

Painting or Moulding with Words. Does it matter?

I was reading “How to turn your Blog into a book” by Scott Berkun, when I came across the bit about – ‘assumes words are like clay, where you can shove them into any shape you like.’ It continued with explanations about the reading experiences of the two formats.

This caused me to stop reading. Is there a difference?

Whether you are painting a word picture or moulding a story with words, surely the end result is the same?
Surely, it is the reading experience that is important.

Perhaps this is where a good copywriter has the advantage over us mere bloggers? They create the interaction.  Think about the last time you read an advert about a product that made you want to rush out and buy, buy, buy!
Or that book that keeps you spell-bound to the very last page?
Or even that Blog that made you want to research the topic further?

Words can be painted and moulded.