Last month I received an email in my Waking contact gmail account.  The writer said something along the lines of- “Hi LA.  Love your blog.  It’s so good. You’re so successful. Can you give me tips on how to write?”

I stopped, I looked around my living room, and then back at my ipad screen.  This was immediately followed by my best DeNiro/Taxi Driver “You talking to me?” which was followed by “What? I don’t know how to write a blog.  I just throw my thoughts on a page.”

And when you think about it- how do you teach someone how to write a blog?  How do you write a blog? And that’s basically what I said to Midlife- I don’t know how- I just do.

But since that fateful day when I realized someone might actually want my opinion (as opposed to my daughter and husband), I have tried to think about my writing process.  So here goes- the waking formula for writing:

E=MC²

E= Essence.  Plain and simple, you must have a topic.   What do you want to write about?  What do you want to say? Without a topic you are trying to do the blog equivalent of “Seinfeld”.  How many successful shows are there about nothing?  How many successful blogs are there about nothing?  My  overall theme is how age has shaped my thinking process.  My topics are things I actually think about.  And think about.  And analyze.  So the first thing you must have before you open laptop, tablet or phone is a topic/idea. Seriously- do not open up your writing section unless you know what you want to write about.  Otherwise it’s just a really frustrating time staring at the blank screen and blinking cursor.

M=Mode.  How are you going to write about a particular topic.  Funny?  Intelligent? Poignant? In your face? Your style, or voice is extremely important- it’s what sets you apart from other writers.  As people tell students about writing their college essays: throw a pile of blogs on the floor- if people can tell which one is yours by style alone, then you’ve done your job. There are probably only four stories out there in the world: man/woman v nature, man/woman, self and machine. How you tell that story is the difference.

C²=Content- You can’t be style without substance: your words must back up your idea. What are the actual ideas that are going to back up what you are setting out to do.  They don’t have to be facts, but they must be supporting statements that make you seem like you know what you are talking about.  And, to be fair, it’s your topic that you chose to write about.  You should have an idea as to why you chose the topic and what you want to say about it. Try to stick to the topic.  I tend to meander- I have to reign myself in every day.  But seriously- keep the same thread running through your blog from start to finish. Stay on point.

There it is: Take a hypothesis, back it up, write about it in your own individual way.

Simple.

What’s that you say?  Not that simple?

Well- here’s the thing: Nothing is simple.  Nothing is easy.  If you want to write, you sit down and write.  Sometimes it’s good, often it’s bad.  But does it matter?  Isn’t just putting words on the page and hitting publish a success? That’s my theory every day.  Every time I come up with an idea, write 500 – 1000 words and hit the blue publish button I consider it a success.  So maybe my mindset is my greatest asset- maybe one person out there thinks I’m a good blogger because I have the guts to hit “Publish” every day, no matter what I’ve put on the page.

Which is what I’m about to do now…

 

 

 

48 thoughts on “Can You Help?

  1. Amen!
    The formula is doing it, just doing it. Putting the stamp of you on that piece of writing and hitting publish for the better and the worse of it. This post speaks to anyone who’s ever hit that little blue button.
    Thank you LA.

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  2. As always LA a v. thought provoking engaging post throwing up many questions, tooo many to reply on. I to received an enquiry which left me kinda speechless, I of course replied telling her to just write and whatever happens is a bonus………….. by that I mean some blogs will go stratospheric lol I am not one of those but people press Like, comment from time to time and I’m happy…………. oh and something else, if you like interacting with people as I do, if I comment a blog that writer may only ever visit my WP once (highly likely) but they’ll at least understand I lol try my best even though I’m devoid of one single theme/topic! Ahh now that’s lopsided your E+MC2 equation, or has it?

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      1. Yes 🙂 I was just being naughty, I’ve often said to myself I CAN instantly recognise the writer of a post (ones I follow) by their writing style alone…………. they’re stamped with their personalities and I love that.

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  3. If you look at the spam I get, you would be convinced that something illegal is going on. I have a blog title “Roll the Dice” and have the weirdest spam including, “This is a great way to make money. I will follow your lead.” These spams are signed by sexy names and weird comments. I block and delete constantly. Somebody mentioned how much they liked my writing and then it turned kind of funny. I think I even deleted this blog title and post and they keep coming as if someone is spoofing them. Seriously beyond my abilities on the computer.

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  4. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of house . (This is an example of one of the comments and another is written in Russian.) Any suggestions on how to get rid of the pests.

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  5. LA, lovely post. I loved your formula. It is all true. I am not sure if they throw all blogs on the ground, I would be able to pick up mine. That’s the one that has got me thinking

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  6. Love the formula. Interesting approach to writing that I’d never have thought of being a wordy girl. When I’m asked I say: Be Specific. That’s the essence of good writing. Oh, and also: Edit Thyself.

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  7. In paragraph one you wrote, “Waking contact gmail account”…and that clued me the e-mail, which prompted what was to follow, was not spam…I thought that a wonderfully economical way to do so, but glancing through the comment thread …not rich enough for a few,

    but who and hey, onto paragraph two… which has a nice hometown picture show nod to a wink wink of slip showing humble brag…

    A very nice how to, by a blogger who consistently does.

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  8. I think there’s also the old “follow and be followed” thing. Though, at least 1/3 of my followers are spam/business sites.
    Oh, and comment and return comments. I simply haven’t the time for sites without good content (your C^2) nor writers who never answer me.

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  9. You are probably onto something as you have quite a few followers who enjoy your writing, but you are right in saying you need your own style, you need to be authentic. While I do not have a large following I write my way, what I find important and in my own voice ( with the exception of my dog’s voice for her blog!).

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  10. Hey! Just came across this post while exploring and thank goodness I did! Everyday we read something and some point of the content stays in our minds…I must say that this very post is going to stay in my mind for quite a long time. And every time I hit the blue publish button, I’ll think of this post. Very influencing post, LA!

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