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Blogging Insights — New Format # 43 — Intuition

TODAY’S QUOTE “Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” — Ray Bradbury MY THOUGHTS Many moons ago, we debated the merits of plotting versus “pantzing” (writing by the seat of your pants). Although a plot pertains more to a story whether novel, poetry or play, all forms of writing (blog posts included) can be planned. Some people belong to one … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 43 — Intuition

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

TODAY’S QUOTE: “You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin, via the author’s FAQ for fans MY … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 42 — “Read a lot”

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 41 — “perfection”

TODAY’S QUOTE : “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood MY THOUGHTS Margaret Atwood is one of my current favourite authors. I have read two books by her: Alias Grace and The Testaments and am currently on my third, The Handmaid’s Tale. I have also bought a book of essays by her called Burning Questions. Some of these … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 41 — “perfection”

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 40 — Blogging vs Writing

TODAY’S QUOTE “Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.” Andrew Sullivan MY THOUGHTS Having been extremely sedentary all my liffe, I wouldn’t know the first thing about extreme sports or athletics. I can’t make any comparisons or draw any parallels there. Free form, yes; your blog … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 40 — Blogging vs Writing

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 39 — Words

TODAY’S QUOTE: ” I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and look at it , until it begins to shine.” Emily Dickinson. MY THOUGHTS I chose this quote as a challenge since I cannot seem to relate to it, having never chosen my words with any particular care.My words are generally meant to convey … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 39 — Words

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Blogging Insights — New Format#38 — experience

TODAY’S QUOTE; “In order to write about life first you must live it.” Ernest Hemingway MY THOUGHTS: Many people write about their experiences and this makes for very interesting reading both in fiction and in non fiction. Yet the “must” portion of the above quote does not follow. Writers can and do use their imaginations to create alternate realities that have nothing to do with … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format#38 — experience

Blogging Insights — New Format # 37 — Interaction

Blogging Insights returns today after a month’s hiatus. I posted almost daily for theA to Z Blogging Challenge 2022 last month and couldn’t keep up with my prompts. So here goes : TODAY’S QUOTE “I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” – Michael … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 37 — Interaction

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Blogging Insights-New Format #35 – See no evil …..

I am sure you are all very familiar with this quote, or saying, or whatever: See no evil, hear no evil , speak no evil. You may well ask what this has to do with writing or blogging. A great deal, in fact. Blogging has a lot to do with opinions and views. When you publish a post, it is interesting only when you infuse … Continue reading Blogging Insights-New Format #35 – See no evil …..

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 32 — The Internet

“The Internet destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, you can publish whatever you want.” (Dick Costolo) This quote applies quite aptly to blogging so I completely agree with it. I have often told the story of how and why I launched my blog. … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 32 — The Internet

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 31 — Focus on Readers

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. ” – Brian Clark Continuing last week’s theme of generating interest today’s quote focuses on readers too. Brian Clark wants you to produce content that is great for your readers. What kind of content is great for readers? Won’t that depend on who the readers are? Unless you … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 31 — Focus on Readers