Hate Writing Articles
Hate writing articles? Too bad. Read on.
Well Get over it! Your online or off line business will be DEAD in just months with out solid articles.
There are far more failures out there, than successes.
Writing articles will give your business the blood of success. Isn't that why you are in it for?
This is the wild west and you have to stake out your claim. Do you want your business to flourish?
Do you want to shape this business the way you want? Or leave it to chance?
Well get over the notion that you hate to write articles! Start short and sweet. Let your potential customer know why they should go to your site and do business with you. Or just tell them to go to your competition!
So what are your options? How can you make this work without the stress?
When I first started in business, there was a lot I did not know and did not want to do. Let me tell you, what a big mistake that was. It cost me money, it cost me time and a couple of times it cost me my business!
Don't let this happen to you! Stop right now and stake your claim for your future. Your business will only succeed when you take control of it!
There are a couple of solutions to this problem. If you have a lot of money go hire the best copy writer you can find. Or take a course given by one of the experts.
Writing becomes easier and easier every time that you do it. Become that winning copy writer. It is your business, so what was it that made you want to start it? Was it your passion? Well get out there and tell the world!
"The pen is mightier than the sword." Shakespeare Passion is what wields that sword, so write with your passion. Learn how and the world will beat a path to your website.
Help is out there, if you really want to give your business a chance. Get a good coach to guide you along the way. If you are like me you will see the value of good coaching.
Success of your business hangs on the ability to write good copy. Don't let your business die like so many others.
Take control, turn your hate for writing into your strength.
You're about to learn the real secrets to success online. Taking this next step is like getting a breath of fresh air to a drowning man!
Don't be a statistic, another business failure. Start learning what it takes to succeed...
Writing Style Are You A Real Writer
I hear it all the time from my students and at the seminars and workshops I lead. The writers that I work with are excited to work with a "real" writer. Most people define a "real" writer as one who is published. Therefore I, with three published novels and innumerable newspaper and magazine articles under my belt, certainly qualify.
However, the longer I am involved in the business of professional writing and the teaching of writing the more I question that definition. For me, being a "real" writer is much more about a state of mind rather than a state of being. I believe very strongly that you need to become a real writer before you can become a published writer for I know that while most (if not all) published writers are real writers that the reverse is not necessarily true. I have known many real writers who have not yet been published but I believe they will be some day - if they just stick with it.
Real writers are made. No one is born to be a writer although many real writers are born with a drive or need to be a writer and this is certainly a help during the difficult times and challenges that all real writers face. A real writer requires five essential tools.
The first, and most important, is a unique writing process. In order to write well and effectively not to mention to grow as a writer, you must develop a writing process. A nonexistent, or inefficient, writing process can greatly hinder your ability to write but a writing process tailored to your unique strengths and weaknesses can make your writing stronger and easier.
The second element goes along with the development of your writing process. This is learning your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. What is the most difficult part of writing for you? What is the easiest? The more you know about your own writing then the better equipped you are to take advantage of the areas where you are strongest and to work on the areas where you are weakest.
Another essential element to becoming a real writer is criticism. Writers need to develop the skills necessary to be critical of their own work and to edit effectively. Most real writers also have a support network in place, such as a critique group or critical reader, to assist with this process.
Real writers also need to be readers. Writers must read a variety of authors and types of writing in order to learn more about the language, its structure, and its varied uses. Reading provides inspiration in terms of ideas but also language use and vocabulary. Real writers love language and words and cannot get enough of either. Real writers are readers.
The final essential ingredient for a real writer is a strong work ethic. Real writers practice their craft on a regular basis (usually daily). Some writers only write a few hours a day while others spend many hours writing. The length of time is not as important as a regular writing schedule that is only altered for major holidays or life-threatening illness. Even if you can only carve out an hour a day that is enough time to write a novel if that is your goal. The important part is making your writing a priority and giving your writing muscles a regular workout.
If you want to be a real writer then you must work on these five essential tools of the writing trade: individual writing process, knowledge of strengths and weaknesses, criticism, reading, and work ethic. Once you have mastered these five tools of the trade then you are on the way to becoming a real writer.
How To Be Your Own Editor
There is a stigma associated with writers turning to editors for assistance with their work. Some people see outside editing as an unfair advantage, a form of literary cheating. Writers are expected to be able to objectively evaluate their own work. Interestingly, this is exactly the opposite of what one finds in other professions. Witness the famous phrase, " A doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient." Let's not forget, " A lawyer who represents herself has a fool for a client." Writers are treated differently from these other professionals, though. Writers are somehow expected to turn in perfect drafts of novels, articles, work reports, and term papers. Their work must be edited before it is turned in. Anything less is considered unprofessional and unacceptable.
Here's the twist in this story. Best-selling authors, magazine writers, and newspaper columnists all have editors! That's right, perfection is only required ahead of time from students, business people, and unknown writers. Those who have "arrived" suddenly benefit from editorial guidance and second opinions on their work before it reaches its final audience.
What's wrong with this picture? What's a writer who is still in school or hasn't yet been published to do? One option is to ignore the naysayers. Go right ahead and get help on writing projects before they are submitted. Ask a friend or a relative who has a firm grasp of grammar and writes well if he or she will edit or at least proofread your work. If nobody in your immediate social circle qualifies, there are many people and companies offering proofreading and editing services. If time and budget allow, take advantage of them.
What about when circumstances force a writer to tough it out alone before turning in the work? If you're forced to take written matters into your own hands, here are the things to look for while acting as your own editor.
One Dimensional Writing Using First Person Perspective
When an author decides to write fiction one the primary methods of storytelling is through a first person perspective. For many writers this is the most comfortable manner of storytelling.
In a first person narrative the reader is allowed to relate to the story one dimensionally. The story is presented to the reader from the viewpoint of a character in the story. The narrator might be the main character attempting to relate their own story. The story might also be told from the perspective of a bystander who may not be overtly involved in the storyline.
In the movie, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the story is narrated by a deeper male voice. It is only at the end that we discover the story was related by one of Willie Wonka's Oompa Loompas. This is an example of first person storytelling.
This type of story telling is well used in cinema. Many early filmmakers used first person narrative to present their stories. The reason this type of format was used is primarily due to early filmmaking technology that required some help in the transition between scenes. Narration provided that transition. Film noir and other detective dramas relied heavily on first personal narratives to further their storylines.
Today's authors are more adept at relating a story from other perspectives such as second or third person which will be dealt with in other articles.
A first person narrative allows you to understand the specific character of the narrator. You are likely to find yourself identifying with the storyteller in a variety of ways. You will either love or despise their mannerisms, but it is their character that provides the strongest connection to the storytelling process.
Because your narrator is finite they will never have all the details of the story they are unfolding for you. Sometimes this creates a unique perspective because the story can sometimes become more about the narrator (at least for awhile) then about the actual storyline. This can occasionally provide a comedic touch to the novel or at the very least some rabbit trails to follow just for the fun of it.
Interestingly some first person narratives are actually related from the perspective of a consortium. The premise is that a group of individuals are relating the story. This is identified by the use of 'we' or 'us' as part of the narration.
The Temptation Of George Rusky
I'm writing to you to share some of my concerns and
at the same time, ask you for help.
It's about the Internet.
The biggest problem caused by the Internet, as I can see it, is the openness and accessibility to an unlimited amount of information.
Naturally, one who can touch a key board at least with one finger, should accept the Internet with all its good and evil as an incredible invention of all times.
That's one side of the coin.
Another one is that I'm totally lost in the ocean of online offers; one is more seductive than other.
"The best method of creating your wealth on line..." shouts at us a sales letter.
"The most progressive ever way of building your list of subscribers..."hollers another.
Tens if not hundreds of messages (most of them, certainly, unsolicited) call us to prosperity on line.
I was raised to respect the word written. It's not only The Constitution , laws of the state, school textbooks, manuals, instructions, notes, you name it!
The Bible, of course. I will always remember a notorious question my Pastor used to ask me: "What is written in the Bible about it?"
Looked like for every problem one had ever experienced, Pastor could find the answer in the Bible.
In short, the miraculous power of the word, written in my heart, is written 'in stone.'
Now, when I read the unlimited list of superlative adjectives of sales letters I feel desperate, thriving to find out 'where the dog is hidden.'
The messages where the writers start saying:
"Don't you lose this one in your whole life opportunity, etc"
I wonder, if one can find a pumpkin, who would wish to lose his one time in his whole life chance?
So, I click the link, open the web site and read a special report, nicely formatted, highlighted, emphasized, splashing good news into my face, raping me with 'order, order, order, and again, order.'
But that's not all!
"If you order before midnight," it says, "you will sure get tons of bonuses, so don't tarry!"
I move aside from my desk everything, spilling a cup of coffee I was advised to grasp before reading a message, fumbling for my 'electronic wallet' and just about to fill in the form...
Thanks the Lord, it is still necessary to fill in the form, the last chance to escape the hypnotic daze of the sales letter, cool down, and recover from the fog of a 'narcotic' power of the commercial offer.
Uff, sweating and shivering, I regain consciousness, trying to think about something else and put off the hanging above me horrendous cloud of doubt:
"What if this is that one chance from a thousand , which just come only to bold and smart individuals, who, after just a few months report to us:
"I come back to gloomy days of the winter 200? when I didn't have any money to pay the bills, to do this and that, etc, unless I met John Smith who showed me the big picture... so now my life has completely changed. Look at my house, I bought a week ago and a new car I'm thinking of buying, and, so on."
To resist this temptation is next to impossible...
With my last effort, I press my right hand so that not to click the desirable link taking me to the treasures island where money grows on the trees and one can experience joy and gladness because one blessed day she clicked this miraculous link!
No, Mr John Milton,
Instead of an epilog.
After nearly four years of trying to find a 'Magic formula' for getting rich on the Internet, I'm still where I was last century.
"If I could do it, you can too..."
Book Review If I Did It Confessions Of The Killer By The Goldman Family
Yes folks, it's the long awaited OJ Simpson confession book! Except that in OJ's mind it was anything but, he claims it is a fictional account of how we would have done it, if he had done it! I have lots of problems with this book, not least of which is what was going through his sick and twisted mind to want to write the book in the first place. If you are innocent this book makes no sense. And if you are guilty, it makes even less sense, unless you are trying to confess and clear the air. But he plainly says, time and time again that it is fiction.
The good news is that through the intervention of Fred and Kim Goldman OJ Simpson will not see one dime of profits from its sale. The not so good news is that OJ did manage to get the almost $700,000 in advances before the project became public.
Really it is the story behind the book that makes better reading than the book itself. When the Goldman family heard that OJ Simpson was having a book written they moved into high gear to prevent its publication and his ability to profit from the misery. In the 13 years following the guilty verdict Simpson has paid exactly nothing of the money awarded to the Goldman's. He relocated to Florida to avoid the pesky Californian judgment, and spends a happy life playing golf and who knows what else. The award was somewhere in the 18 million dollar range, with interest that now amount has more than doubled, one report puts it at 39 million dollars.
With ammunition like that the courts sided with the Goldman's and gave them the rights to the book. Unfortunately there were strings attached, a bankruptcy was involved. And after much soul searching they realized that although they had won, the win came at the great price of now having to publish the book.
The end result, is a book that I am sure OJ hates! Yes his material is included in its unchanged entirety, however it it preceded by some commentary by Fred Goldman, and the actual Ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves. The book is ended by a chapter written by Dominick Dunne.
Let's take these sections one by one. Fred Goldman explains at length the problems and frustrations his family felt when it became public knowledge that OJ Simpson was planning a tell all book. One article I read claimed that this section was 'under edited,' that might be true, but it is also written from the heart. And I will take that every time over the sterile grammatical style favored by many large publishing houses. It worked for me and set the scene well.
The most damning testimony to the guilt and obvious truth to the 'hypothetical version of events' comes from Ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves. In a matter of just 20 pages Pablo tells a very interesting side of OJ Simpson. Although I had no doubt of his guilt from the time of the actual 1993 events, Pablo makes a case that is so strong event Judge Ito and that half wit jury would have found OJ guilty.
Next up, is the OJ Simpson text. Pretty much it is a self serving and nauseating piece of garbage. He explains at great length what a nice guy he is, and what a bad person Nicole Brown was. The one chapter of interest is the one detailing the events of the fateful night. With the exception of the 'second man,' it likely is one of the few factual parts of the entire manuscript.
The final chapter is written by Dominick Dunne. Dominick covered the original trial for Vanity Fair, and became a close friend of the Goldman's as a result. His is an interesting story, he too lost a child at the hands of a murderer, his daughter was killed, and the killer walked free after only 2
Writing Exercise 3 This Could Get Dangerous
Defining your fictional characters' voices is important. What is equally vital, though, is grasping your characters' humanity, the core of their fictional soul.
A good way to learn how to do this is by observing an incident through another living person's eyes.
For this exercise, choose your spouse, a relative, or your best friend to play the fictional character in a 500-word dramatic scene. Write using either third person or first person point of view.
Traumatic situations force people to reveal their true self. In other words, actions speak louder than words.
How would your chosen person react in a traumatic situation, a blind date, for example, or a wildfire?
Don't be blinded by your feelings for the person. You love your spouse, but how would he or she truthfully react if faced with a wildfire?
Consider objectively what you know about the person, and then what you sense.
We react instinctively toward other people, though we often pay no attention to the quiet voice in the back of our minds. Listen to what your quiet voice tells you about the hidden humanity of your chosen person, and then weave the information into your fictional character.
The humanity you need to bring your character to life is hidden behind the friendly smile you see every day.
You might want to keep this exercise away from the eyes of your chosen person. He or she might not appreciate being made into a fictional character.
Do not use your chosen person's name for your character! Your life may be on the line.
Grasp your character's humanity and you will give your character a soul your readers can believe in.
Writing Help Improve Your Writing By Not Writing
Every writer needs some help with their writing. Every writer can improve their writing. One simple technique you can use to improve your writing and better develop your writing process is to spend less time writing and more time thinking about your writing.
Many writers struggle with their early drafts simply because they have not allowed an idea enough time to simmer. Giving yourself time to brainstorm, sift and sort through ideas, and to both have and build upon creative inspirations is one of the keys to becoming a successful and productive writer.
It is best to work on this when you are away from your desk, your computer and any writing equipment (even something as simple as a paper and pencil) however that is the only rule about location. You can sit yourself on a park bench or in your car, you can take a walk or a jog, or you can perform some mindless household task such as vacuuming, folding clothes or washing dishes. There really are not rules as long as you can focus the majority of your brain power on your writing without the distractions of friends, family, or co-workers.
Even with today's hectic, busy days there are moments when we are alone with our thoughts and if you want to improve your writing then you should set aside at least a portion of those moments to focus on your writing. In fact, you might find that not only does this improve your work but it also allows you to multi-task by completing some other mundane task (or simply getting in your exercise for the day). I promise you that once you have focused your brain on your writing that you will see an increase in your productivity. You will actually spend less time in front of the computer (or notebook) but will deliver more quality writing in that shorter time.
It is important once you are set on a specific project that you focus your thoughts on that goal. If you are writing something short then focus first on the introduction, for example. If you are writing a novel or book then focus on one scene or section of a chapter. Create a movie in your head, and because it is your movie, do not overlook the sounds, smells, and textures that go along with it. Put yourself in the shoes of the characters of your movie so you can identify with them and feel their emotions. Play with words and sentences in your head. Get a feel for the rhythm of the language. Does it match the "movie" you created?
The more you work these elements over in your head then the easier it will be when you sit back down to write. Use your head to make writing easier for you and more effective as well.
The more time you spend thinking and planning your writing before you set out to work on your latest project the better.
The Secret To Writing Success
I have a friend who has enjoyed a long successful career as a published novelist. More than once we took part in the same panel at a writer's conference. Whenever it came time to field questions from the audience I came to expect - actually anticipate - that some bright-eyed, eager novice would direct a particular question at my friend. It wasn't so much the question that I anticipated as her answer.
The question would always be some variation of "What is the secret to your success?" We all knew it would happen and we would always sit back and let my friend handle it. Not only because she was the most successful among us, but because she had the best answer.
My friend would always play to the audience. She'd lean forward conspiratorially, check to make sure the doors were closed, and swear the audience to secrecy. Then she'd repeat the question and pause for a few dramatic heartbeats and answer: "The BIC Method!"
Those of us in on the secret would begin to grin at this point, but it wasn't until she explained the BIC method that the other writers would get the joke. You see BIC stands very simply for Butt In Chair.
Yes, her writing success is that simple. Placing her bottom on the chair in front of her computer and writing every day - whether or not she was in the mood, whether or not she was motivated, whether or not she was inspired, and whether or not she had a paid writing gig.
Regular writing improves the quality of your writing by giving you the chance to hone your skills and experiment with new methods. Writing regularly also generates greater quantity - in two ways. First, obviously simply disciplining yourself to generate two or four or ten pages a day will quickly add up in quantity, but the more disciplined you become about this regular production the easier it will be to achieve your minimum and you can keep step up your daily goal accordingly.
Improving the quality of your writing and generating more writing projects gives you that much more to market to the reading and publishing public and therefore increases your chances of writing success.
It really is that simple and it really isn't a secret. Most successful writers know the BIC method is key to their success.
Of course some of those eager-beaver beginners don't want to believe in the BIC method because it actually involves work and discipline. They'd rather believe it was as simple as dreaming up a catchy pseudonym. But if you have become a writer because you love it then the BIC method is the best possible news. Simply keep on doing what you love and you can make your dreams come true.
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