A to Z Reveal

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal [2017]

It is time for the theme of my AtoZ Challenge revealing.

I will talk about the ABCs for Writing. It will be fun. Revealing. Imaginative.   Hopefully, I will even give you some good ideas about what to write, how to write and when to enjoy it. Guess I left out who and where, but pretty sure it can be covered.

Come back and see what there is in store.

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B is for Bait

 

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My last post was what to write about. When you decide on a subject then you have to figure how to make that story enticing enough for people to read it. You need a hook and to get them to take it you have to bait it.

Let’s talk about bait.

Let’s say you have chosen to write about writing. You want it to sound like the best thing since sliced bread and tasty.

So, begin with something that says it will make you feel better reading this. You will walk away from this knowing something you didn’t know when you started. Now, that something that you walk away with may be something that person tells you or it may be something about yourself that you discover or re-discover. You need to make your writing something someone wants to know.

Those of us sharing our thoughts and expertise, well, experience, with others need to remember that the person reading what we write is more important than I, the writer.

The reader is always the most important person in this dance. You want them to know something that has made you a better person, parent or partner. It may be what makes you happy, or what made your life easier.

For this series, we are talking about writing.

When I don’t write for a long time, and sometimes it gets into the weeks, I am grumpy. Not just the every day, not enough sleep grumpy, but the kind of grump that makes you want to kick the rocks in the driveway. I try to not get that far gone in grump, because I have really big rocks in my drive.

Now, you see my bait, which is what writing can do for you.

Well, I finally sit down and write. It doesn’t have to be the best ever, in fact it is probably the worst ever, but it has to be done.

Writing can be freeing. You can write it and keep it to yourself if it would hurt someone or you just don’t want to share or you can make a blog or story of it and publish it.

When I get something that has hurt me or made me laugh down on paper, or really, the computer, it frees up space in my head and life for new things. So, here is to new things happening and giggles galore.

Write, write, write.

 

Writing, Writing, Writing

I have been thinking about writing. You know, putting letters together to form words and then putting them together to from sentences and sentences into paragraphs and presto change-o you have a blog post.

Um, yeah.

That is, if you do it.

I just wrote I have been thinking about it.       And thinking.          And thinking.

Well, I decided to DO it.

I have slacked off writing because: my feelings were hurt. My thoughts wouldn’t come. The words stayed in my head.

I don’t know why I think my feelings were hurt, maybe because I didn’t walk into resounding applause everytime I walked into the office, or no one asked about my writing.

My thoughts wouldn’t come because they weren’t invited. You know, a thought comes through and you say, ” No, thanks. That’s a bad one.” So they don’t feel invited and stop coming.

The words stayed in my head, because I wouldn’t sit down and let them out.

You choose an excuse. There are many. I can’t use the one about two many people in the house, there are only two of us and my husband gives me the space to come into the office and computer and work on getting those words down.

And what do I do? Facebook. Games. E-mail. Staring at the screen.

Well, that’s over for now. I am writing.

I have had a tough time coming back to it, because I had convinced myself that it really wasn’t worthwhile. Sound familiar?

I truly thought only beginning writers had this problem. Well, I have been writing long enough that beginning doesn’t describe it anymore. I am a writer.

So I have to write.

Just sit down and write.

I have come back to it many times and left it just as many.

I am here to stay.

I will come back tomorrow and do it all over again. Another subject. Another story.

The subject may still be writing, but it will be a different story.

Do you have something in your life that you love that you keep leaving in a heap on the floor? Well, I am picking up my heap and making it a story.