Friday, November 25, 2011

The Body and Soul of Your Articles and Essays

Sometimes I procrastinate writing an article or essay. I don't know where to start, and so I might do dishes or wash the baseboards instead. Then comes the time when I have to actually sit down and do the work. And I've found that I have a system! Here's how I write:

1. Procrastinate.

2. Get down the basic bones of what I want to write about. I think it's time to read Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones again!

3. Do some research. I like to look for what's already been done so I'm not copying others or doing what's been beaten to death.

4. Let the piece ruminate for a while.

5. Go back and type Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and then move pieces of text under each heading so I make sure every question is answered.

6. Give it some heart. Get rid of my Who, etc. headings and make it more interesting and give it some anecdotes and hopefully a little humor so it's not like a robot-written piece.

What's your system?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Blogging Jobs Do Exist

I've got a great assignment working with North Texas Kids writing blarticles for them (blog articles). This one is called "10 Reasons to Use Cloth AND Disposable Diapers" ... check it out and leave a comment there if you like!
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