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Are You Crafty?

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I don’t mean making things.  I’m actually going to talk about the craft of writing.  Knowing the craft of writing means knowing the rules such as showing the story, not telling it.

It’s said writing becomes easier if you know the craft behind it.  Knowing the craft can get you to the end product faster, because you aren’t stalled trying to figure out if, what you have written works in the mind of the reader.  It was pointed out in one of my many books I read, you should study the masters of writing such as painters study the masters of painting.

Read what you like to read, because more than likely that’s what you want to write also.  Why do you like to read the particular books you do?  The main thing to watch for  emulating your favorite writers in books is not to imitate the writing.  You have to know the difference between emulating and imitation.

Why do you write fiction?  For me it’s the creation aspect of what ever topic I’m dealing with at the time.  In my Gotham “Writing Fiction,” one person wrote “Writing puts me into a world that has not been created yet.  Another person wrote, “It’s the only socially acceptable way to be a compulsive liar.”  Everyone has their own reason for writing what they do.

Knowing the craft of writing is the “building blocks of creative writing.”  It encompasses the development of your  characters, the plot, the dialogue, style and point of view.  So you can see how important it is to develop the knowledge of your craft (writing).

It’s hard for me to imagine my words may someday cause a person to say “wow,” when they’re read.  I want to learn the craft of writing and develop it to a point it will consistently receive those “wow” remarks.

That’s my two-cents for today.

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Tips For General Blogging

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Day 10:

1) Try to respond to any comments made on your blog, even if it is just a thank you.

2) Blog regularly; I intend to blog daily, others blog weekly.  The trick is to be consistent with your blogging.  Kristin Lamb says, ” Do quality over quantity.”

3) Blogging is considered author training.  It makes you write good content, so you have to pace yourself.  You do not want to write and write until you are sick of it.  I believe that is called burn out.

4) Use Status Updates, participating in conversations is essential to having people recognize you are around.  It is a powerful tool, and you will use it to connect with, befriend, and mobilize your influencers.

5) Give people slices of your life, in your blog.  It makes the blogger appear more human to their reader.

6) When you connect with someone, conversation is the most powerful tool you have.

7) Make sure that content you post is entertaining or informative.  It will be noticed if you are putting out good current information or just fluff and junk.

8) Be good to all those who are good to you.  If you see someone reposting your content and they are trying to build a following, then help them.  Networks are hard to build and we all need as much help as possible.

9)Always be positive, and I know sometimes that is hard to do. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “you can get everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”  You want the people who read your blog to associate you with being positive.

I hope this information from Kristine Lambs book, “We Are Not Alone, The Writers Guide to Social Media is as helpful to you as it is to me.  I believe the more information we can share with each other, the better writers we will become.  That’s my two cents for today.

Ways To Find Ideas for Your Blog

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This is actually a review of a great little book by Steven Aitchison called “100 Ways To Find Ideas For Your Blog Posts.”  In the introduction of the book Steven writes, “There are times when blogging can be tough and it feels like we have just run out of ideas for our blog posts or as a freelance we dometimes think there’s nothing else to write about.  Where does the muse go when we are feeling like this, and how can we get it back?

He goes into great detail of his 100 ways to find ideas.  It is interesting to read and the ideas are fantastic.  I found the book on Amazon and I am glad I did.  As a newbie to blogging, I am trying to learn all I can and this book was very helpful.  A few of the ways he has discussed within the book for blog ideas are:

1.Talk to children

2. Visit TED.com

3.  Do something you normally would not do.

4. Write a controversial post

5.  Open up your encyclopedia

I have found that his ideas make a lot of sense and are easy to do.  If you would like to know  more of his ideas just let me know and have a look at the book on Amazon.com  I happen to think this little book is great to have on hand as a resource guide.  That’s my two cents for the day.