Creating Your Story Mountain

    I like to share, particularly when I’ve invested time at a conference and gained information of potential value to others. So, read on, and consider having saved yourselves several hundred dollars and a few hours of your lives. In your chairs, I’ll bring you highlights of a lecture and exercise during the American Horse Publications’ 2012 Seminar in Williamsburg, VA.

Jody Jaffe and John Muncie’s dynamic “Better Story Crafting” session at the annual seminar provided tips I thought worthy of repeating.

As career journalists and writing professors, including workshops through their company, The Comma Factory, Jody and John’s discussion focused on the journalistic side. But as reflected in the couple’s own words in the conference program, “Good writing is good writing, regardless of the subject.” I believe the tips I’ve pulled out below apply to all writing, whether it be a blog post, fiction, journalism, or even a personal journal. I tend to like visuals, and points I can easily remember, which may explain why I connected so well with the workshop’s main point:

When writing a story, you are developing a mountain your reader is climbing. [Read more…]

What Do You Look for in a Review?

Today I am part of a group of virtual friends who are answering the question:  What do you look for in a review?  The Reading-Romances blog asked over 40 book reviewers, readers, authors, and book bloggers to share their thoughts on this subject today.  I’m looking forward to seeing the answers from this widely varied group.  Book Reviews blog hop

I blogged about book reviews in February, discussing the mechanics of book reviews and some tips on writing them.  If you are interested in that kind of information, please see “On Book Reviews.”  I wrote that article hoping to encourage people to write reviews – all people – not just book reviewers.  As an author, I greatly value official book reviewers’ [Read more…]

What Are Your Chances of Being an Olympian?

An equestrian enthusiast and fan of this blog, Jenn Bohman, sent me this graphic I’m about to share with you. Jenn thought you, my readers, particularly the equestrians in the crowd, might be interested.  I hope you are, and if you normally visit my blog to read about writing, well, take a break from writing and catch some Olympic spirit in the final days.

I, like many, have been caught up in serious Olympic fever over these past few weeks. I get so emotional watching athletes in all sports compete like they never have before to proudly represent their countries. So many highlights, and such class, demonstrated over and over again by both rookie and seasoned athletes. I get very emotional, cry a lot, and stay up way past my bedtime. But have you ever wondered what the odds for an athlete to actually reach the Olympic Games? [Read more…]

Tips for the Perfect Blog Post

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I’ve been studying blogging lately, and thought I’d share Derek Halpern’s easy reference “How to Write the Perfect Blog Post” with you.  It’s okay, he gave me permission.

Not all blogs are alike – use what works for you.

I’ve personally struggled along the way.  Has anyone else heard these voices: Is anyone reading this?  Who cares?  Why am I doing this?  I’ve concluded my approach to blogging NOW follows the way I accomplish most of what I do.  I start with a basic plan; learn as much as I can; adjust and modify using what seems to work; learn from what doesn’t; and keep moving forward.  Positively.

I consider an expert’s experience with 1,000,000 pageviews a day worthy of sharing with you.

So read on for the step-by-step guidance on the Perfect Blog Post (click to enlarge), from which I think any blogger or writer can learn AT LEAST one valuable tip.

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