Look At Me Hello GIF by kate spade new york
I am passionate about writing. I want to write the next, Game of Thrones, or Harry Potter. The problem is how do I start? What makes a good story that people want to hear? This week’s lesson focused on my problem. To quote the lesson plan, I want to “Inspire, motivate, captivate and entertain my audience.” So, while that elusive best seller is out of reach, I will focus on my blog posts. I will read, write, learn and do it all over again until I reach my goal.
There are a few things in the lesson plan this week that resonate with me. Not only for this assignment, but for all my writing. The main point? Begin with the end in mind. I love this. It makes so much sense now. Social media is a fantastic tool to reach out to people. Blogging is new to me, and this one idea is so crucial. What do I want my audience to get out of my post? What do I want? Engagement. I want people to interact with me and get to know me as a person. I want comments, shares, interaction. Knowing this up front is a good way to understand how I am going to proceed.
The next thing I learned is the elusive passive voice vs active voice. Even while writing this post, my computer is yelling at me! I often write in the past tense, which has that troublesome effect of writing in the passive voice. It is usually the first thing I edit. Active voice makes the story more gripping to the reader. Lesson learned. Write, rewrite, edit, and proof read. Using a beta reader also helps to make sure you are creating your masterpiece as you intended.
The third tidbit of advice is the importance of Grammar, spelling and punctuation. Nothing annoys me more than an unedited book, article, post or anything that I am reading. It not only makes it hard to read, but it makes it look unprofessional. I try to put my piece away for a bit and come back to it later. A fresh set of eyes makes all the difference in proof reading your own work. Writing is easy. Writing well is hard. Writing compelling stories people want to read is demanding and difficult. It is a gift, and worth all the effort it takes to achieve it.
So how about you? What is your struggle with writing? What stands out when you are reading?