Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Why I Write #2 - Because I Should

Last week I started blogging about the reasons I write. These reasons aren't in any particular order; I'm simply blogging about them as they occur to me. I blogged first about writing because I can.

Today I'm blogging about another reason.

I write because I should.

I should write because I often write about abuse. I believe writing about abuse will help someone else who is going through abuse.

I know abuse well and I know the tactics abusers try. I love teaching others what to look for and helping them recognize abuse and also helping them recover from abusive relationships.

Not everyone is happy when I write about abuse. I get plenty of arguments and warnings in my inbox and they leads me to question myself.

When I question myself on writing about abuse, I always come back to two things:
What if I write it and it makes a difference in one person's life?
What if I don't write it and miss an opportunity to make a difference in one person's life?

Newsflash to abusers: I don't care what you think. I'm not writing for your benefit; I'm writing for your victims and targets.

So, I write.
And I write about abuse.
And I will continue to write.
And I will continue to write about abuse.
Because I should.
(And, for the record, I should write even when I don't write about abuse, but this blog post just covers the abuse portion of my writings.)

Write often.
Write well.
Just write.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Why I Write #1

I saw a post on another writing blog today which totally inspired me to write about reasons I write. The post I saw, here, was a Facebook post by The Writer's Circle and it said, "Why I Write #85 Because creating something that didn't exist before is as close to magic as I'll ever get."

I love that!

I also love to write but have never actually written out my reasons for writing. So, I decided to start a blog series on why I write. I suspect some reasons will need more explanation than others. These reasons aren't in any particular order, I'm simply listing them as I think of and realize them.

Why I write #1:

I write because I can.

Growing up in an abusive home where I did not have many choices, writing was a choice I could make that no one could stop. If home wasn't conducive to writing, school was. If neither home nor school worked, my hollow tree down by the creek did. When the field was snow covered and the tree was unreachable, the hayloft in the barn served as my writing venue.

I wrote everything as a child. I wrote stories. I wrote lists. I wrote reports. I wrote plays. I wrote my name, my siblings' names, my grandma's name. I wrote and wrote and wrote.

I wrote because I could.

I could, so I did.
I can, so I still do.

(Photo credit goes to Alan DeRaad, a former student.)

Write well.
Write often.
Write because you can.
Just write.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

STOP! Bloggers, Don't Do It!

Bloggers! STOP right there! Do not publish your next blog post without having it edited!

Over the past few months, I've noticed some blatant errors in some blogs I read. Those errors include:

A February blog post from a direct seller which featured and highlighted January's specials.

Too many run-on sentences to list.

Too many uses of the same adjective: This is a gorgeous set that will add a gorgeous touch to your already gorgeous home.

That and that and that and that and that.....using that too many times.
"That" can be eliminated 99% of the time.

A sentence like this: "You could of used one of these organizers..." which should read, 
"You could have used one of these organizers..." 

The list could go on, but you get the idea. Don't let this happen to your blog or newsletter! Hire an editor before publishing that next blog post or sending your next newsletter.

Fiverr is a great place to start.

Write often.
Write well.
Just write.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Back in the Saddle

I didn't mean to take a break from this blog, it just happened because we were moving, I developed frozen shoulder, life got too hectic and I couldn't focus. I'm not sure I'm focusing any better than I was, but when I realized I had not posted anything on my writer's blog since Jan 2, I felt a bit of panic.

I write nearly every day, regardless of what I post. My personal blog about how my theology shapes my everyday decisions, The Priscilla Principle Blog, has been more active than this writing blog.

If you click on that blog link, you'll find there no pictures to represent the content of the blog. I was recently warned about using Google images for blogging and advised not to. I had just started doing that, and had used a Google image for that post, but I took the picture down. Apparently, a blogger was sued and had to pay over $5,000 for using a Google image.

Ok. Lesson learned - from them.

I will use my own photography or stock photos I've either purchased or ones that were free downloads from now on. I really prefer my own photography, but the image used here is a free stock photo and I think it's adorable.

Write often.
Write well.
Just write.