Wild and Wacky World of WordPress

Posted on April 6, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , , , |

Fortunately, the piece yesterday was written before I took a look at what people are writing when they are writing about writing on WordPress.

To be sure, almost everything I read was either wittier or funnier or more visually appealing that what I did. And, that makes a point to me: had I read that stuff first, the ideas I had would have been snuffed out before they made it to paper, er, silicon er, whatever.

In the language of psychology, I would have been “primed.” And, then, I would have been writing about people who are writing about writing on WordPress. And, who would want to read that?

But, as usual, I have discovered several interesting things that have caught me eye.

The first is NaPoWriMo: The National Poetry Writing Month. I am not a poet, but the exercise seems interesting. See, also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Poetry_Writing_Month

The second is “The Writing Corporation.” This looks interesting, and I want to see more of what they have to say.

Third, I had a comment from Christine Bissonnette of The Positivity Project. Thank you for the kind thoughts and the great ideas!

My focus, at this time, will be shifting away from Nanowrimo. I will come back to it, but for now I will be focusing on (1) writing exercises, (2) interesting commentary about writing that I find on WordPress, and (3) professional writing. Almost all of my writing has been in this third category, and I will be exploring the world of publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals.  However, I am easily pulled away by interesting ideas that catch my fancy, so who can say what wonderings I might be posting here?

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The Power of Habit

Posted on March 13, 2012. Filed under: Blogging, Staying-With-It, writing, Writing-Exercises | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“The Power of Habit” is on the New York Times Bestseller List, and described there as “A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.” He’s talking about psychology, but the book contains marketing examples.

This “Power of Habit” is likely a difference, maybe the most important difference, between successful writers and unsuccessful ones. That’s true for other endeavors as well.

Pro-Bloggers post on their blogs more than once a year, and pro-writers almost certainly produce something everyday. Richard Bach (Illusions, Bridge Across Forever) once indicated a writing exercise that might be one of the best: write a narrative of an event or description of an object that happens during the day. Do this right, and the most banal conversation or ordinary object can become extraordinary. Collect these, and a few might be used to color your new work.

Maybe that is the power of blogging. Do it daily, or at least a few times a week, and you develop your writing skills. Keep going, and maybe someday you will have something worth saying.

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