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Reblog Wednesday – Editing Tips…

November 12, 2014
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A first today – a double reblog as both parts are great for inspiration (and our sanity!)

Editing is hard…that is a fact but with some forethought and planning it can be made slightly easier. Decided on which particular edit you want to do – spelling & grammar, continuity, character development etc. then focus on each one separately instead of trying to do it all at once.

One writer I know prints out on different colored paper for each edit category. I utilize a novel workshop run by my local writing group. We pair up and review each others work for several months. Having many eyes read your work assists not only in the usual editing problems but also it is a bet read. A win, win situation.

http://knitewrites.com/2014/09/24/50-ways-editing-will-drive-you-insane-part-1/

http://knitewrites.com/2014/10/01/50-ways-editing-will-drive-you-insane-part-2/

What methods do you use for your editing process?

Which category do you find the hardest?

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Scene Setting – It’s In The Details…

March 26, 2014
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writing desk 1To immerse our readers in our stories, we need to create details that will transport them into the scene. There is a fine balance between enough detail and too much but enabling our reader to visualize where our characters are ‘living’ is a vital element for our narrative. This exceptional article gives us specific tips on how to do this. Enjoy and save!

http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2012/05/19/it%E2%80%99s-the-details-writers/#!

What method do you use, when creating scenes?

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Links:

http://nowastedink.com/2012/08/17/creating-the-outline-of-a-novel-from-notebook-to-scrivener/

http://nbilenko.com/projects/narrative.html

Are Dictionaries A Forgotten Resource or Retired in Favor of the Internet..?

March 14, 2014
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I came across this interesting article today, regarding the creation of the first English dictionary. Fascinating stuff!

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/interesting-object-the-creation-of-the-first-part-of-the-oxford-english-dictionary-was-particularly-arduous-9093931.html

It occured to me in this day and age of the internet being seen as the font of all knowledge, are dictionaries becoming redundant? Today no matter what type of word document you open, it has links to spelling, grammar and a theausaurs as well as dictionary features. An easy click will supply you with all the information you want – doesn’t it?

Do you use a dictionary?

What are your views on paper verus virtual?

Quotes:   Lexicography can be done on the kitchen table.” Eric Stanley.

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. Nathaniel Hawthorne

 FunDayFor today’s fun prompt we will use a real dictionary.  Grab a copy and let it fall open. Then with eyes closed point to a word on either page. Use that word to begin your response for a short story or poem.  Here is mine:  Immunity
 
Love’s Immunity
 
Your love surrounds me

Embraces my body and soul

I have no immunity to your adoration

Resisting is not an option

I will suffer no punishment

With your protection

We revel in our freedom

To love and be loved

Building a Platform – How To Do It…

March 5, 2014
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As writers, whether published or not, we are advised to build a platform. For many of us this sentence garners panic and numerous questions of ‘how?’

The internet is full of ‘how to’ pages – everything from creating a synopsis of your novel to genre sub-sections and of course how to build your platform. Some are so complicated we become  disillusioned extremely quickly and question our ability to succeed.

I found this link, which has easy to follow steps http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/actions-to-build-writer-platform/

What have you discovered when building your platform?

Care to share your tips?

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Re-Blog Wednesday – Attracting Blog Traffic…

January 15, 2014
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http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/writing-great-post-titles/

Attracting Traffic: Tips for Writing Great Blog Post Titles

by Krista on January 9, 2014

You’ve been working hard on your blog: you put thought and effort into your About page, your site title and tagline, and you’ve even picked a funky blog name. You sweat your photography. You read and re-read your drafts to make sure they’re just so.

With over 1.4 million posts published on WordPress.com every day, how do you make sure your work stands out in the crowd? Crafting strong post titles is one way to snag reader attention, pique interest, attract followers, and earn repeat visits. Here’s a few ideas to think about as your write titles for your posts.

Photo by ullrich.c  (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Photo by ullrich.c (CC BY-SA 2.0)

GET ORIGINAL

There are plenty of posts like What Game of Thrones Taught me About Modern Society or Everything I know about Marriage, I Learned from Homer Simpson in the world today.

How many listicles have you seen recently? You know what I’m talking about: 10 Signs Millennials Will Ruin the World, or 15 Ways to Tell if You Really Are a Hipster. Sure, these types of headlines have become commonplace on the web and we too enjoy a funny listicle now and again. If you want your work to stand out from the crowd, you might want to rethink these types of constructions, unless you feel you’ve got a piece that transcends the genre. And in that case, we can’t wait to read it.

STUDY THE MASTERS

Chances are, there’s title inspiration and guidance in the blogs and magazine articles you’re already reading. Are there a few sites or magazines that you really like? Study their titles. Consider what it is about these titles that draws you in.

What captured your attention? What tickled your curiosity? Try emulating your favorite authors when you write post titles. Me? I admire Maria Popova‘s title writing style over at Brain Pickings. Never trite, always enticing, Maria’s posts always end up in my Instapaper account for later brain feeding. Here’s a few Brain Pickings post titles that caught my attention:

LEAD WITH THE END IN MIND

If you’re writing to educate, be it to share a personal anecdote or offer hard-won advice, it’s good to ask yourself: What’s the most important thing I want my reader to remember from reading this post? Crafting the answer into a post title automatically reinforces your most important point for the reader, making sure your message not only gets heard, but remembered.

Try creating intrigue or using the element of surprise with titles by alluding to something readers can only see or learn by reading the post. Consider Maria Popova’s headline above, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Little-Known, Gorgeous Art. Right away, I’m surprised — One of my favorite authors — Bilbo Baggins‘ daddy no less — was not only a writer, but also an artist? This piece of new information makes me want to follow that link and find out about Tolkien’s works of art.

BONUS: HOW DO GOOGLE, TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK SEE IT?

Your post’s title automatically becomes your post’s slug, which is part of the permanent link or URL to your post.

If your post title is fairly long, (over six or seven words) consider editing your slug to remove words such as “to,” “from,” “our,” “this,” “that,” etc., that don’t specifically relate to the post’s topic, for speedier search engine parsing. For example, this post’s slug would have been:

/attracting-traffic-tips-for-writing-great-blog-post-titles

I shortened the slug to the following to put the emphasis on the main idea: writing great post titles.

/writing-great-post-titles

If you’ve got your blog automatically connected to push and tweet posts to Facebook and Twitter, post titles are what gets sent out as a default via Publicize, so it’s important to consider how your post’s title might be perceived when it appears on your social networks.

As you write your piece, you may also want to think about the words readers will use to search for your post and ensure those words get a place in the title.

AND NOW, OVER TO YOU

Writing enticing titles is not only an art form, it takes a bit of practice. In your blogging experience, what have you found most effective when it comes to blog post titles? Share your tips with the class in the comments.

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