Common Writing Mistakes That You Can Fix Today

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Even the best writers in the world rely on editors to help shape their writing. An editor, like a good stylist, will not hack away at chunks of your work, but rather shape a page gently in order to style it into the perfect piece it was meant to be.

A close friend of mine does a lot of editing work and has told me that seeing the first draft of some of the world’s most amazing writers would astound you, and would not at all be what you imagine it would. It is only after detailed editing, and many revisions, that amazing books begin to take on their true form. Though there will always be edits that need to be made, below are a few common mistakes that can save both you, and your editor, time and energy.

Common Mistakes You Can Fix Now to Save Time Later

  • Keep your sentences simple – Elaborate sentences are fine for formal papers, medical or technical writing, or pieces that call for such writing styles, but if you are aiming at a broad audience it is important that your writing be clear and concise. Say what you need to in as little words as possible and keep it to the point. Detail is a wonderful thing, but overuse of detail is one of the most common writing mistakes editors see.
  • The same goes for your paragraphs – The same rule applies to the entire paragraph, it is best to stick to one point per paragraph and make it as easy to read as possible. A reader does not want to see a paragraph that runs on for four pages and jumps all over the map. This is an especially important rule for online writing where readers tend to skim rather than read in detail. Keep your thoughts to a minimum and stick to one main point. Breaking up your paragraphs will allow for easier flow and more detail in the long-run than if you had rambled on and on for several lines.
  • Nix the unnecessary words – If it can be said with fewer words say it with fewer words. For example: He has no sense of responsibility could be better written as He is irresponsible. Less is often more when it comes to writing, avoid throwing in words just to up your count, consider whether or not they actually add to the sentence before including them in the piece.
  • Watch your passive voice – For many beginning writers this is a difficult rule to adhere to, I myself have not fully grasped the real use of the passive voice, all this rule means is to be aware of what you are writing. When writing a sentence that has an action involved be sure the ‘person’ is the beginning of the sentence and not the action. (eg: Why was the road crossed by the Chicken?) You can find out more about the passive voice Here as I am not going to pretend to be an expert on the topic myself. This is apparently a very common mistake that editors see and thus, need to correct costing time and effort that could have been avoided.
  • Write, Read, Edit, Re-Read, Edit again – Before you submit any form of writing to anyone be sure that you have read, edited, re-read, and edited it again. There is nothing more annoying, I am sure, than reading a piece full of simple, avoidable errors. Spelling, basic grammar and other simple errors that could be caught with a simple reading of the piece should be caught by you. Editors see thousands of pieces of work and these tiny errors could make or break your chances. Better to be safe than sorry.
These are basic mistakes that can be avoided if you simply take the time to think as you write. You will not avoid all mistakes, all the time, as we are only human, but by paying attention to your writing you may avoid a few. Take the time to read, edit and re-write when needed. Ensure that your piece appeals to all levels of readers, and that it is clear and to the point. Have thought for the editor who has tired eyes and an over-read brain, and fix as many simple things as you can.
Most of all share your tips below and help others help themselves to become better writers…
Until Next Time…
Write On!
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Writing for Life…

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I was inspired by a fellow bloggers Tweet tonight.. Inspired enough that I decided to write a post. (I wasn’t going to post here tonight as it has been so hot and sticky today and I am just exhausted)but his words really made me think so I want to go off topic today and share with you a thought…

Success is measured by YOU alone!

@Experification, from the amazing blog Experification here on WordPress, said on Twitter tonight

“I may not write for a living, but for sure I live for my writing

These amazing words got me thinking, though we would all love to make ‘big bucks’ with our writing, for how many of us is it just enough to write and be heard?

I aspire to become a successful writer. I also aspire to make money writing, and doing what I love most, but the two are not in the same…

Being successful has nothing to do with how much money you have made, how many books you have written, how many fans you have, or how big your house may be. Success is measured by your level of happiness and self-fulfillment. It is measured by how great you feel doing whatever it is you do.

So to all the writer’s out there, please remember one thing, don’t write for your audience, write for yourself, and if other’s enjoy it as much as you do, great… but if they don’t, you will still have success!

 

Until Next Time…

Write On! 

 

10 Straight Forward Tips to Enhance Your Blogging Experience…

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I have not been posting on here as much as I would like to lately, with the warmer weather finally here I have found myself caught up in the excitement of outdoor life. I was sitting in the sun today thinking about this blog and how much I have enjoyed creating it. One of my favorite things about Perfectly Prompted is that through my posts I not only get to help others learn, but I get to learn myself. I used to dream of being a teacher, but the thought of 20 – 30 poorly behaved children in my care and under my supervision quickly caused that dream to dwindle away… Still this site brings me that same ‘teaching’ pleasure, without the screaming kids… Plus I am learning so much as well, so that is a total bonus to me. 

For me blogging is like a never-ending education. Each and every day I get to learn and grow in my writing, and I get to share those lessons with so many people. I constantly say that the greatest thing about blogging is the ability to perpetually change and grow as required. Unlike writing a book, an article, or any other written form, your blog can cover a wide array of topics and does not have to conform to one single topic (unless you so choose) I have never been good at sticking to one thing and so this works out wonderfully for me. I love the lessons that blogging has taught me and the variety that it provides. I also love that every post, (my own and those that I regularly read from other bloggers) gives me insight into how I can improve my site.

And so… Without further ado I would like to share with you…

10 Straight Forward Tips to Enhance Your Blogging Experience:

  • Links – Links are like a well-known critic writing a good review. Not only is it an amazing feeling when you discover that someone has linked to your site from theirs, but it is a great form of flattery to return the favor from your own site. In the blogging world there is nothing wrong with sharing another person’s content or expanding on someone’s else’s idea with your own, but you must remember to give credit where it is due. If you gain an idea from another writers site, even simply to expand on it or share a thought, be respectful and link back to where the idea came from. The writer will thank-you, and usually the flattery is in some way returned.
  • Comments – If you want to be an active blogger you must ensure that you are creating a site that is reader friendly. Word of mouth is the greatest advertising tool a blogger (or business) can use. Comments allow your readers to get involved with your writing, and open the door for discussions that may generate future ideas. To ensure commenting write about your subjects with an open-ended feel, and be sure to reply personally to every comment you receive. Encourage your readers to get involved by constantly providing and outlet for their opinions.
  • Edit – Before you hit the ‘publish’ button be sure to edit your material. Even if you have created a personal blog, your readers expect some level of professionalism in your writing. Re-read what you have written (aloud if you must), spell-check and correct any written errors, re-word where necessary, and have another person read it over if you can to ensure quality material. If all else fails the best way to edit a piece is to simply ‘wait’ before posting, a few hours, or even a few minutes later your mind may notice things that it could not see before.
  • Routine – One of the most common pieces of advice that bloggers receive is to post daily, while you may not be able to keep up with such constraints it is important that you are frequent with your writing. Blogs are known for their consistent information, keeping your blog up-to-date is an important part of gaining success and followers. Readers will check back often when they know there will be new material, ensure that they have something to read by posting as often as you can. Work your blog into your schedule just as you would appointments or work.
  • Attention – The look of your blog can make or break readership. Although it is sad to say, the quality of your writing will mean nothing if the image it presents in the first 10 seconds is poor. Grab attention with an easy to use layout and bold graphics. Writing that is clear and easily read will help draw attention to the actual content of your writing, rather than the distracting look of a site that is poorly prepared. Take your time and create your blog as if it is a work of art. Most blog sites have excellent templates available that are simple to use, even for the beginners.
  • Headlines – Having a good title is an asset to any site. Be sure that your headlines are creating curiosity and inviting readers to know more. You want to be bold and attentive, your headline should grab attention and hint on the topic without giving all of the information away. Check out local and big city newspapers for ideas, the headlines they write are created to generate sales and spark interest in certain ideas.
  • Keywords – Using keywords in your posts allows search engines to pick-up and promote your content more easily. Do a simple search for the most popular keywords on Google and incorporate them into your post, or look up keyword writing and generate ideas of your own (I will be posting about using keywords in your blog in the near future so check back soon for simple tricks and advice) Be sure that you don’t go overboard on the keywords though, simply choose a few that work for you and utilize them as best you can.
  • Pay Attention – Just as the most popular keywords are an important part of your writing, so are the most talked about topics at the moment. Be sure you are paying attention to the hot topics in the world around you and trying to find ways to incorporate them into your site. If the world is talking about war and you have a blog about marketing try coming up with a creative post about the effects of war on the marketing industry, or how the army recruits… etc.. the possibilities are as endless as your mind allows them to be. Twitter, Facebook, and Google are great ways to discover what it is that people are talking about, you just need to pay attention.
  • Readability – Keep in mind that your readers will probably come from many different walks of life. Just because your blogging about health does not mean that only doctors are going to visit your site (if it is an open site, which is my assumption for this post) ensure that you are creating posts that are easy for everyone to read. Use clear concise language that is easy to follow and simple to understand. This is especially important if you are blogging about a wide variety of topics, or a topic that may appeal to a great deal of people in the general public. If you hope to succeed and gain a following you need to ensure that all your readers can understand your words. Also, keep in mind that the internet is accessible throughout the world, never assume that you know your readers, ensure that your posts are understandable to those who may be reading from overseas. Keep the thought in mind that you are “writing for the world” if you hope to become successful.
  • Evolve – In order to keep things fresh and exciting always be willing to grow and change. Constantly seek out new ideas, try new techniques, and learn new things. Change the pace and create new avenues for your writing. The best thing a blogger can do is endlessly learn and grow. The sky is the limit when it comes to blogs and only your creativity will take you as high as you can go.

If you wish to be successful, or even if you just want to write, these simple tips will help you attract and keep more readers on your site. Be sure to have fun with your writing, and don’t be afraid to break the rules. There is no right or wrong in the blogging world, only different outlooks and interesting ideas.

 

Until Next Time…

Write On!

 

Social Media for Success – How Facebook Can Help Your Writing.

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This is a Social Media Society, Facebook and Twitter head up the News front and help to connect millions of people across the world who would otherwise have never met.

To be a successful writer you need an audience for your writing. Traditional marketing platforms are giving way to a world of online tools that, utilized properly, can increase your readership considerably in a very short period time with little to no effort on your part.

Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Delicious are some of the many site that have been created to bring people together, share ideas, and promote products or websites. Learning to use these tools to help promote your writing is one of the greatest lesson you can learn, and it can make your strive for success a whole lot simpler.

Social Media for Success:

Facebook Pages vs Profiles:

More people log on to Facebook each morning than check their emails. If you want to be seen as an expert in your field, than you need to create a Facebook Page for your blog, or business. There is not much difference between the two, they share the same options, layout and audience, but a ‘Page‘ is a more professional option to the usual Facebook profile, and should be geared specifically for your business, blog, or writing.

Using Your Facebook ‘Page’ – It is a good idea to post something to your Facebook Page every single day, just as you would your blog. You can easily arrange for your blog posts to be delivered to your Facebook site to allow fans easy access to your writing. Most blog sites now allow this option automatically through their sites with nothing more than a simple click and conformation. There are also many sites online that will do this for you hassle-free, such as dlvr.it

A Facebook Page allows your fans to connect, get updated on your latest endeavors, and easily access information about your business. Keep the content up-to-date and professional. It is also a good idea to have links to this page available around the web to help gather more readers. Posting questions, ideas, or polls on you Facebook page is another great way to get your fans talking, your page will come with a discussion area where readers can share their thoughts and comments on your business or blog. Photo’s, links and other information should be shared here regularly to keep interests up and readers notified.

Twitter for Instant Attention:

Twitter is a great tool for getting your posts or writing instant attention. This easy to use Social Media Outlet is the number one source for news, often broadcasting headlines before they even break out in print or television. Twitter is simple to use and can easily get you attention with little effort on your part. If you have a blog, or business that you want to get noticed sign-up for a Twitter account and get Tweeting. You will send your message out in 140 characters or less and link back to your site, by gathering followers, and following others your content can easily reach millions within moments of being typed. It is important to remember that because Twitter is such a popular site for news, your posts will not stay in the top rankings for long, so you must use this site consistently if you hope to gain the attention you deserve. Once again it is a good idea to set up your posts so they are sent to Twitter automatically each time you update your site.

Utilizing Social Media for Success and Inspiration:

Twitter and Facebook are the number one sites for social media, but there are thousands more, we will focus on these two for the duration if this post, just to make things easier as these tips apply to any social media site out there and can be utilized globally.

Twitter and Facebook are not only great sites for staying connected with family and friends, or growing your blog or business, they are also a wonderful source of inspiration for the creativity seeking writer. These sites are built around discussion, communication and hot topics. The simple act of staying up-to-date on what is being talked about online is a great way to decide what you should be writing. Twitter makes this easy with their list of top trends, Facebook requires a little deeper research but is still a great source for desired inspiration. Pay attention to what your friends, family, and fans are talking about, what questions they are asking, and what information they are searching for… If you can put the pieces of their puzzles together in a post you will gather fans quickly and find yourself with a large following.

Social Bookmarking websites such as Delicious and StumbleUpon are a great way to see what is popular at the moment and provide you with inspiration on what to write as well.

The key is to utilize every possible tool you can as a writer, get connected and gather readers from every possible avenue. With a little time, and effort you will find yourself on top of the trends and drowning in fans. Use these site frequently to share your updates with followers and gather more along the way…. Whoever told you Facebook was a waste of time never saw the power in Social Media and success.

Until Next Time…

Write On!

Get Serious! – Tips to Get Your Writing Taken Seriously

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Being a good writer will not guarantee your success. Knowing when and how to use certain words, or form specific sentences will not bring in the dough or get you a headline. There are many talented writers in the world that have that ‘flair’ for writing, but never get to see their names printed in a byline. If you love to write and are aiming for success, you must aim to have your writing taken seriously. Here are a few tips to get your work noticed and become a credible writer.

Tips To Get Your Writing Taken Seriously:

  • Provide Proof – If you are stating a fact in your writing be prepared to back those facts up with solid evidence. Even if you are just stating a point, or making a comment, it is a good idea to use examples to help your readers understand why you feel the way you do. If you are saying, “We are great” you need to state what it is that makes you great… Perhaps you single-handedly helped feed a starving country, battled breast cancer, or climbed Mount Everest… Whatever you did be sure to share why it makes you as ‘great’ as you claim.
  • Bag the Bragging – It is perfectly acceptable to be proud of your accomplishments, and there is nothing wrong with sharing that pride, but be careful that your boasting does not cross the fine line of bragging and conceit. If you want to share what you have accomplished, by all means do so, but do so with tact. Rambling on and on about your greatness will cause others to feel unworthy and can easily make you appear narcissistic. Be very careful in the amount that you boast and the way that you are doing so in your writing. It is important to remember that writing can easily be misinterpreted as emotional suggestions that often accompany voice and face-to-face conversation are not present. Take time to show your pride, but remember to be humble.
  • Be in the ‘Now’ – Using an active voice is important to your writing. Verbs like ‘is’, ‘was’ and ‘are’ can cause your writing to resemble a grade school assignment. Bring your readers into the moment by making the event happen now. “The chef chopped onions in the kitchen with wide, watery eyes.” Sounds better than, “The onions were chopped by the wide, watery eyed chef in the kitchen.” Using an active voice allows your readers to feel as if they are part of the story you are telling, as if it is happening before their eyes. You can easily practice your active voice by reading your piece out loud before you publish. If it flows easily and sounds professional you have hit the mark.
  • Dissect the Description – Wordiness is considered an error of amateur writing. The key to successful, professional writing is to say more with less. Phrases such as; very, being that, a lot, needless to say, at some point, and without a doubt, are better left out of your vocabulary and your writing. These words and over usages only cause you to appear unprofessional and do nothing to enhance your point. If you can say it clearly with fewer words, do so.
  • Utilize your Tools – Spell-check and Thesaurus are tools of the trade that should never be ignored. You should NEVER-EVER publish a piece without first editing and SPELL-CHECKING it throughly! Enough said!
  • Looks Matter – Avoid immature actions such as over punctuating or inappropriate hyphenation as well as the use of all caps and excessive underlining, these things only cause you to appear unprofessional and immature. Save them for Facebook and keep them out of your writing unless they are absolutely necessary.

The key to having your writing taken seriously is to take the time to ensure that it is the best it can be. Be bold and have fun, but keep your eye on the prize. Experiment and practice until you have found ‘your’ perfection.

Until Next Time…

Write On!

Tips to Help You Succeed in a Blog Bogged World.

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Those of you who spend time and effort blogging know that the life and work of a blogger is much more complex than it seems. There are still people who hold the idea that a ‘blogger’ is only doing what they do for fun, that they are not actually working, and that their ‘little blog’ is nothing more than a hobby and not an actual source of income.Though this holds true for some bloggers out there in the writing world, the truth is; blogging can be one of the most difficult forms of writing. With endless competition, no set rules to the game, and the need to constantly evolve in order to gain and maintain an audience, blogging is a challenge of the writers mind and soul, as well as their talent for writing and creating new ideas.

There are many different reasons that people start blogs, they may wish to increase sales if they own a business, they may want to connect with family, friends and co-workers, perhaps they want to share their experience as a parent or teacher, or maybe it is part of  their mission for personal growth… The reasons are endless, as are the results. There are millions of blogs available today on thousands of different subjects, all started by people who wish to share something with the world, be it experience, opinion or information. The web is chalked full of blogs on every available subject, by simply typing the word ‘blog‘ in to Google you can quickly see the true extent of trend that has formed in this now blog bogged world.

With no set rules, and thousands of other bloggers in competition, (though I use the word competition loosely; bloggers are the most caring and supportive network of writers I have ever seen, and they seem to cheer on each others success whole-heartedly) a writer who hopes to break into this creative form must be at the top of their game, and must be willing to work hard for little pay. (though I will say, the support and recognition you receive from your readers is almost guaranteed to make it all worthwhile.) Still, it is a tough form that requires endless creativity, a passion for writing, and a strong desire to succeed… If you truly want to break into the world of blogging then below are a few tips that will help you aim for success as a blogger.

Tips for Successful Blogging:

  • Read – The best piece of advice that anyone who hopes to start a blog can receive is to read, read, and read some more. The more blogs you look at, the more you will learn. So before you even put words on the template be sure to search out various other blogs and study the factors that make them great. Being an avid blog reader will help you to better understand what it is readers want, how they like information presented, and what they don’t like as well. Be sure you are reading as many different types of blogs as possible, as well as ones that share similarities to the type you hope to write. Be sure to take notes of what it is that appeals to you and the other current readers. You can learn a lot about what the readers want by reading the comments posted on the blogs you come across. It is important that you are studying, and taking note, what works and what doesn’t.
  • Be different – You can read a thousand other blogs for inspiration, but if you are not unique in your own writing you will get lost among the crowd. The art of blogging is at an all time high today, and your site is needs to offer something different and unique in order to compete with the many others available for reading pleasure. Again, study as many other blogs as you possibly can and offer your readers something that they don’t. That is the key to gaining an audience. Perhaps you plan to blog about parenting, and after studying countless numbers of blogs you find that the one thing they are all lacking is professional advice from a doctors point-of-view, if you are a doctor, or can somehow offer this advice, do so… This will set your blog apart from the rest and help you to gain readership and recognition.
  • Get to the point – The great thing about blogging is that you are free to do whatever you choose. It is a less professional atmosphere where creativity and tone rule the game. You don’t have to spend as much time worrying about the small things such as, style and grammar, but it is important that you ensure your writing is easy to understand. Make certain that your wording is aimed at any level of reader, and make your point as clear as possible. Remember that online readers are not looking for a novel, they are in search of information and entertainment. If you can provide these things in an easy to read environment, you will succeed as a blogger.
  •  Be ConsistentConsistency is another important key when it comes to successful blogging. You are only as good as your last post, and with the thousands of others that follow, you can quickly be bumped out of the search results. This is not to say that you must post every single day without fail, that is a personal choice, but some consistency is required to keep your blog at the top of the search results and on readers minds.
  • Ensure Quality Writing – Quality should come before quantity in all writing, this is especially true when it comes to blogging. A few great posts are better than a whole lot of so-so ones. If a subject is becoming a chore move on to something that provides more passion. Make certain that every post is appealing both physically and mentally, take time to proof-read just as you would when writing an article for profitable publication.
  • Get Personal – One of my favorite things about reading, and writing, blogs is the personal view they provide. Blogging allows you to get in touch with your readers and share your experiences with them from your own point of view, rather than providing only factual information as you would do in many other forms of writing. Readers love hearing personal stories and it will help them relate to you on a more personal level. Eventually this will lead to you forming a relationship with your audience that resembles a friendship of sorts. The more personal you become in your writing, the more realistic your writing becomes to your readers. So share that story about Aunt Annie’s amazing cheesecake fiasco and allow your readers to laugh right along with you.
  •  Looks do matter – You blog should look good and be easy to navigate. The goal should be for your audience to be able to see what your blog is about in under 10 seconds. Your pages and posts should be easy to navigate, and you should have a subscription option readily available for to easy access future content updates. Making a good first impression is imperative to success in the blogging world so look at your site through a critical eye and find ways to make it more appealing to your readers.
  • Don’t give up – Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated if you see your readership dip, it is easier to keep going than it is to stop and start over. If you see you stats dropping simply spice things up and switch them around. The greatest things about having a blog is the ability to evolve as required. Unlike writing a book, you can easily change the tone of your blog without causing major upset to your readers. A fresh face and new ideas are often welcomed with open arms, in fact readers usually appreciate the change of pace.
  • Get attention from the get-go – Compelling headlines that grab attention and get readers on to your site are the easiest way to raise your stats and get people reading your content. Learn as well about Keyword writing and utilize it to its full benefit. Having a post title that demands attention will get people to your site in the first place, then all you have to do is keep them there with rich, quality content.
  • Share your success – Linking to other blogs is a great way to help other writers succeed, while helping yourself in the process. When you link to other blogs, either through your writing or in your blog roll, you are helping another aspiring writer achieve the same accomplishments you have. The favor is generally returned with an open heart and a complimentary link, increasing both your stats and theirs. Another great way to gain attention and share the wealth of success is by offering contests, if you can offer your readers a chance to win a prize you will quickly double your stats. Even a small gift card can increase attention ten-fold, so once you have a small following give them incentive to stick around, and encourage them to invite others, with a cool contest.
  • Value opinion – Polls and research are a great way to show your readers that you value their opinions. Placing a small survey or poll on your blog will encourage your readers to tell you what they want, and the results may be news worthy. If you are writing a post that allows you to ask your readers a question do so, but do so without forcing a response. Share the results in a follow-up article and you could quickly find yourself with endless inspiration.
  • Encourage feedback – Encourage your readers to share their thoughts and comments by providing an easily accessible comment section and replying to any feedback you receive. Readers like to know that their thoughts are appreciated, so encourage conversation by personally replying to each comment your posts receive. It takes only a moment of your time, but it makes the reader feel valued and respected. You can learn a lot about what your readers are looking for through the comments they leave on your blog, this is especially useful for company blogs, or writer’s who are trying to build a reputation.
  • Communicate constantly – Utilizing the many social networks available is an excellent way to get your site recognized and gain the attention you deserve. Log on to Twitter and Tweet about your latest posts, create a fan page on Facebook and share helpful information with the world, make MySpace your creative connection… search out sources to promote yourself and gather a gang of followers through each site. This will help to quickly raise your stats and get your name out there.
  • Have fun – Most importantly have fun with what you do. Enjoy your writing and keep doing it until it is no longer fun for you. Share the laughter and the passion that you hold for your subject, and never take it to seriously. Take pleasure in your success, and share that happiness with others. Constantly create and endlessly evolve until you can change no more, and then move on to the next adventure.

Blogging can be a rewarding ‘career’ and an excellent way to grow both personally and as a writer. Never stop learning, and never give up. If you truly have the desire, you will succeed. The best thing you can do is experiment and challenge yourself constantly to be the best writer you can be. Study the pros and form your own style, be yourself, and give it your all. Most of all enjoy each and every second.

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”
(Brian Clark)


Do you have any tips for successful blogging? We would love to hear them.
Feel free to share in the comment section, or send your submissions to: 
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Until Next Time…

Write On!


Forget Writing ‘What You Know’ and Start Writing ‘What You Are’

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Writing, in any form, is about sharing a part of yourself with the world.

Each word you put on paper is a little piece of your soul released for the world to see. Whether you are writing an article, story, poem, or blog, sharing personal experiences in your writing is a great way to connect with your readers and personalize your post. Through carefully chosen details, your writing should expose your passions and personality allowing your readers to humanize what you are trying to say. This can be especially important for those of you who write blogs, stories, or poetry, and can make a huge difference when writing a book or article for publication.

Writing without personalization can easy become a factual list of information that is dull and uninteresting to read. Sure facts are great, they teach you about the topic you are studying and provide you with the information you require, but they won’t bring readers to your site time and time again, that requires personality. Any topic can become a quest for personal growth and can you can easily incorporate your personal opinion or experiences into your writing without overwhelming your readers and still providing the facts.

As I said earlier; this can be especially important for bloggers, who rely on repeat visitors to raise their stats. Your readers want to know “who” you are, not “what” you do, so share some information about yourself, but avoid long lists of information that only tell part of the story and tend to bore the audience. Instead opt to create post that are deep or witty and give your reader insight in to who you are personally, rather than the things you like or what you do. A great way to do this is by sharing personal stories about your life, family, and accomplishment. You may also choose to answer personal questions, or share deeper emotions that are locked within yourself.

Below are a few questions that can be turned into any form of writing you choose and will help you to open up to your audience and share a part of yourself through your writing.

Choose one or more of these questions and incorporate them into your writing in any form you choose. You may decide to answer them literally, or find that they inspire some other writing form. Don’t worry about wrong or right, and don’t stress if at first you can not find the answers… Our minds are boundless things, and with time you will discover yourself more deeply and thus be able to share more of yourself with others as well… Also remember that we are constantly changing, so how you feel about a question today may differ 3, 6 or 12 months down the road. The process of sharing, and getting to know, yourself is endless and should be allowed to flourish and grow.

Questions to ask yourself in life (and the answers that will help you to open up your soul):

  • Who are you? – This is not a ‘Hi, My name is Adam.’ type of question. Dig deeper and find what makes you unique.
  • What are you passionate about? – This would be a great start for a story, post, or even poem. Think deeply.
  • What are you most proud of? – There is nothing wrong with bragging, it shows confidence and self-respect.
  • How would your best friend describe you? – Another good story could come from this.
  • Do you love yourself? Why or Why not? – This one can get very deep.
  • What is your ideal self? – Think about who your truly want to be, why and how should be answered.
  • Are you living your dreams at the moment? – If not what are they, if so how did you get here…
  • If you had one year left to live what would you do? What about one month or one day?
  • What are the most important lessons you have learned in life thus far?
  • What advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
  • Is there something that you are still holding on to? Should you let it go?
  • What are you waiting for?
  • What would you do if you could not fail?
  • Who inspires you? – This could be a great post that would share both information and personal thought.
  • What is your top priority in life right now?
  • If you were to die tomorrow what would be your biggest regret?
  • What would you do with One Million Dollars?
  • Are you settling for less than you’re worth?

Take any of the above questions and seek out the answers in which ever form you prefer, or come up with your own personal questions that you wish to answer. The point of this exercise, and Mystery Monday’s, is to look more deeply within yourself and share that part of you with others. The more you grow personally, the more your writing will grow professionally. It is important that we know ourselves and share ourselves if we hope to achieve our goals.

As always feel free to share the results in the comments section or post a link to your blog, especially if your blog is a personal site that teaches us about you and allows us to see who you are inside. 

You can also submit questions, posts, or any writing (even anonymously if you prefer) by emailing perfectlyprompted@live.ca

Until Next Time…

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