Stronger Writing Skills = Higher Pay

Today I bring you a post and infographic courtesy of Grammarly. Interesting research that shows the importance of attention to detail in writing. [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.

PerfectBlogPost
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And just to personally follow Derek’s advice, here’s where I’ll ask you to subscribe in the sidebar to the right, if you’d like to see future blog posts and benefit from other lessons I’ve learned.  Hey, it’s free…just as is the “Leave a Comment” feature.  Happy blogging!

Critiquing Guidelines via Edie Hemingway

I blogged recently about the value of receiving critiques as a writer. I then fortunately received the following guidelines from co-Regional Advisor of the Maryland-Delaware-West Virginia Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Edie Hemingway, on giving critiques. Edie graciously agreed to let me share these tips in my blog as a follow-up to my last post.

In Edie’s words, “I put these together when I started teaching my own workshops, based on my experiences ‘workshopping’ during my MFA program at Spalding University. I’ll also be using them for the online course I’m teaching this summer for McDaniel College’s graduate certificate program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.”

Edie Hemingway is the author of Road to Tater Hill
(Delacorte Press and Yearling paperback), winner of a 2009 Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and besides writing, teaches several writing workshops. If you’d like to find out more about her and her programs, she can be reached at
http://www.ediehemingway.com

This is a great list for those who belong to a critique group or plan on joining one. As Edie suggests, these are also useful during the revision process.

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Written in the Margins

I break all the rules of what is considered “good” blogging. I don’t stick to one theme; my subjects are all over the place. I don’t incessantly “market” (polite word for “promote”) my own work. I don’t ask for opinions just to get people to interact with me, as suggested by marketers, (although I appreciate comments). So, in my continued rule-breaking, I’m going to post a review on a recent book I enjoyed, and it’s not even about horses.

Alma Margaret Permar’s Written in the Margins, Poems Touching the Essence of Life, (Wheatmark 2011) shares life experiences and emotions in a beautiful, well-displayed collection. In Permar’s own words, “There are the margins: the places where we’ve written notes to ourselves that reveal the essence of our journey.” Her poems range from just a few words to two pages in length in this 185-page volume, with most pages including one poem. Like much of reality, the writings cover happiness, grief, wonder, and hope. Permar’s choice of words and ability to capture the deepest of thoughts in soothing prose make for a wonderful read. [Read more…]

Combining Passion and Work

I had originally planned to write more about the World Equestrian Games, but I can’t seem to get past something that’s foremost in my mind right now:  having a passion for what you do.  I attended the “Get Motivated, Inc.” seminar in Washington, DC, this week, and if you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these events, I’d highly recommend it.  I attended because I had attended a similar event over ten years ago, and many of the speakers’ insights changed my life for the better.  Both events stressed the importance of trying to find a way to combine your passion with your work.  [Read more…]