The city of Chicago ranks as one of the ten largest cities in the United States. The city is made up of several blocks of houses occupied by neighbors. Sometimes they gather to discuss topics relevant to the block, the community, or the city in general. When this group is formalized, it is called a block club. Members of the club look out for each other; address community issues that arise as a unit; and have relationships with the police department, elected officials, and other organizations and individuals in the community. Of course, every neighbor is not going to participate; therefore, a well-written newsletter is one way to keep everyone informed.The following five tips are ways to write an effective block club newsletter that will provide consistent and relevant information without offending anyone.1. Some topics to cover in the newsletter include:New neighbor welcome Sex offenders Notes and announcements from community organizations Issues affecting the block or community … [Read more...] about Block Club Newsletter – 5 Tips For Writing an Effective Block Club Newsletter
I love the story, maybe apocryphal about NASA spending millions of dollars to research and create a pen that worked in space while the Russians took pencils.Both writing tools at their most basic but a step up from the quill pen. When I was at school we were still using pens with nibs and inks. And I swear the skin on my middle right finger still has a dent and in a certain light looks Quink ink light blue in colour.To perform the physical act of writing on paper we still need those tools, otherwise it's the keyboard and some form of word processing package. That moves us on to producing text but how do we generate the ideas for the text and improve our writing productivity rate.Writing courses and workshopsWhatever style of writing you want to do, there are hundreds of courses and workshops out there to help you. Depending upon the type of writing, there are actual templates you can fill in the blanks to get you started. If you're writing for the web these can certainly help … [Read more...] about Practical Writing Strategies – Why Writing Tools Can Help You Begin
In our house when I was growing up my mother had a dish she called Hotpot, which in winter was eagerly looked for because it always seemed to come out on those days I struggled from school or work in the dark and the rain. Warmed from the outside by the fire, I was then warmed on the inside by the Hotpot.Sometimes visitors who joined in the meal asked for the recipe. To which my mother was rather vague. So one day when a visitor had gone I asked her why she was so vague. Well it's this and that plus a pinch of something else.Then she said it depended on what day it was and what the butcher had available. Though I watched her make it often enough and knew the sequence she followed I never did get the hang of making it like her.As a cook I now understand her challenge in being precise. And as a writer I have a sequence, a process that works for me - a bit like cooking. If you asked me I would swear that I follow it logically.Like my mother though there are many things that might … [Read more...] about Writing Your Book – Ginger, Rosemary or What Other Spice Do You Include in Your Ingredients?
Have you heard the quote by Jack London, "I don't wait for inspiration, I go after it with a club." Our problem really isn't lack of imagination. As children we're full of it. I can remember my mother saying, "Don't tell fairy stories." As we get older we lose the time or the motivation to 'tell stories' even if we don't lose the ability. What can we do to retrieve that confidence in story telling whether to write fiction or non-fiction? Our imaginations/inspirations are there all the time and simply shifting our focus can open up a whole new world for us.Here are 4 easy ways to begin to connect again with your inspirational self in writing.Start with the words 'As I walked down the street It doesn't matter if you're writing fiction or factual books, it will work equally as well. What it does is give your imagination somewhere to begin and you may see a scene laid out in your head or remember something that happened to you that you can write about. Take a recent day and write about … [Read more...] about Writing Your Book – How to Help Your Ideas to Flow
Cathy Stucker (The Idea Lady) presents the idea of mining your "content inventory" for writing ideas. Here are 6 places I've been able to mine productively. See which of these areas you can mine. Answers to questions you have written. Some people are asked the same questions over and over and smart folks figure that it is a good idea to have a document with answers to those most frequently asked questions. See if you have some documents like that and if you could revise some of that content for an article. Blog posts or listserv responses you have written. Some people's posts or comments are hundreds (or even thousands!) of words long. If some of yours are, then grab that content and see who else might be interested in reading it. Journals you have written. If you are someone who has kept a journal for any length of time, it is worth going back to see what nuggets you have captured or what amazing thoughts you have put into writing. My guess is that you'll find some "good stuff." Why … [Read more...] about When You Need to Get a Lot of Articles Submitted in a Short Period of Time, Mine Your Inventory