It may surprise you to find out how long it takes me to write a post, three hours most of the time. Yet, I have read more than once that a post can be written in twenty minutes.
Think about this…
- Topic: That darned topic. I would pull my hair out over this one at first. There are those who simply write about their day, events in their life, or their thoughts for the day.
Weeell, this works for me occasionally. Still, I like to be careful of how much I reveal when it comes to personal information. After all, this is the Internet and one can get in trouble quickly when your words go out to all the world.
- Style: This is a big one; doesn’t matter if you’re writing a post or a book.
You can first write an outline to the nth degree, and go from there. Oooor, you can do like me, hit the keyboard and let the words fly.
I have found it is not what you write … it’s how you say it. Something like this: I have a cat vs. I have a huge, black cat who thinks he’s a panther.
- Images: Let’s talk about images. Can we talk about images?? First ya gotta find something that fits your topic. It almost always needs a little tweaking. And we can’t forget to give credit to the one we stole, uh borrowed, it from.
That last part gives me fits ‘cause I’m all about the writing. Sooo many times I’m done and ready to go but forgot to give credit and have to go back and take care of the problem. These days I put the text in the image, works pretty good.
- Patience: This is extremely important. If I zing along in a hurry to write a post, a page, anything … it will be a mess. Then it takes longer to finish because it has to be done twice.
My solution is to start early. I’m up at 5am most mornings and “on it.” Big cup o’ java, a healthy dish of enthusiasm and I’m good to go. If you’re not a morning person set a time, like clocking in, and stick to it.
- Rewrite: Rewrite tops the list. Nothing is more critical than to write, write and write again. I will write one page in a novel as many as seven or eight times.
When my son first started racing motorcycles it was tough when he lost. “I just need more “seat time,” he would sigh. And there it is…
Seat time is what we need to achieve the magic in our writing.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full