I am not an expert, but I have been doing this for a while and I have written over 1,600 posts on my blog. I don’t have a specific formula for writing, but as the American radio speaker and author Earl Nightengale once said, “Everything begins with an idea.” When Louis Pasteur felt that sudden flashes of insight don’t just happen he said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind”, so staring at a blank page or a blank computer screen is not going to help you write something. The award-winning journalist William Souder said “There’s an old saying that great writing is simple but not easy, and so it is”, thus you shouldn’t spend too much time trying to describe every detail, thinking of bigger words, and attempting to sound more erudite.
To me writing starts with being a follower and when you follow a blog on WordPress.com, the new posts from that site will appear in your Reader, where you can view the latest posts published across the blogs you follow. Muhammad Ali once said, “I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.” A lot of bloggers host writing challenges and if you follow their blogs you should get topics to write about. I follow a lot of bloggers that host prompt challenges and most of them are a lot of fun and as Leo Buscaglia once said, “The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.”
I am a research writer and as Mike Wallace once said, “All I’m armed with is research.” Neil Armstrong said, “In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.” I like learning and Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
I think that one of the most important things about writing a post is to get a good title that that reflects what your post is about. Truman Capote wrote, “I want to still be me when I wake up one fine morning and have breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which became a best seller, Breakfast At Tiffany’s. This worked well for Emily Brontë when she wrote, “Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff’s dwelling. ‘Wuthering’ being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather” and she titled her book Wuthering Heights.
Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #97 prompt – quotes about writing, creativity OR writer’s block.