Writing Tips and Tricks - going fishing

Last Update: August 22, 2015

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OK folks looks like we need to get our feet wet and go fishing

Understand your audience - Use attractive bait. I hear a lot of people feeling hog tied or struggling with writers block or simply claim they can not write because they are horrible writers. I have put together a few of my thoughts here are a few tips and tricks I have learned. Please LIKE and COMMENT below if something here helps you write your next post. How can you expect to catch fish if you are using the wrong carrot?

Understand your target audience - use attractive bait

Do not be afraid to just WRITE

I use to be a shocking writer. I am not kidding, the worlds worst procrastinator and yes this is me off for another walk. I would waffle, yes run way off task and feel like giving up until I figured out it is just like going fishing. It helps to know your target audience, offer the right bait to get their attention thren reel them in - the objective is to land them!

Most importantly, do not be afraid to simply write!

I discovered one day that it is actually OK to waffle or ramble on then cut when you edit, or if you write really too brief, do not fret, you may need to pad your work out when you edit. My point here is to get your feet in the water and just write!

Personally I don't worry about paper except for bullet or subject points the mission (if you choose to accept it) is to get to the end then edit!

Editing

So what do I mean by editing?

It is as simple as 1, 2, 3

  1. Firstly, appearance It helps to make the writing look pretty a lot of readers are lazy so chunks of words are easier on the eye.
  2. Secondly, make each point flow to the other then your work makes sense.
  3. Finally, the purpose, reason and call to action, so you wind things up at the end with a tidy conclusion. From this conclusion you will create the summary telling people what they can expect and what to do and rework this into the first paragraph again so that it makes sense. In doing so you grab the readers attention and a reason to pay attention. This is the bait that generally hooks the reader into read more.

Remember just like going fishing you need;

  1. hook (the summary first paragraph slide in a clever call to action see above)
  2. line (the reasoning) and (tell the reader what to expect, what will come next)
  3. sinker (the call to action - buy now - land your fish write your next post)

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Content

I will try to be brief constructively concise
Use your skills you know what they are and how to use them (Avoid over thinking it you may miss the obvious). Are you more skilled in say maths, instructing others, working with young people or with people who think and / or behave differently. Skills in these areas are Logic, motivation & ability to engage others.

My first observation with writing flaws is not knowing what I am about to read. I need to be told what to expect, what will come next. Your job as a writer is to understand the point you are trying to make and say it. I like many readers have poor attention span, basically lazy...

If I don't get it - I move on!

If it is a review please tell me. If it is a story your personal experience tell me. My point here is that readers are inherently lazy they may not read to the end. So it helps to keep in mind the target audience. Your objective is the call to action so if you want to land that fish you may need to also slide a call to action within the body of your content. When you re-read and consider the reader excite them and you will be back on track. Take up your next challenge and write your next Post - practice my friend makes perfect.

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PaulDG Premium
Thanks Tracey.
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4GoodBuy Premium
Hey Thanks Paul - hope you got few odd tips that may help you create some awesome posts as well ;)
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4GoodBuy Premium
Hey thanks for the feedback...yes I did notice the strange characters not knowing why.... but was my other point was making here "don't have to wait for perfection - merit can be found when you just post" especially here at WA if you notice the ability to edit drop down box upper left hand of your post.... totally loving WA
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Pisquali Premium
Great info and thoughts, thanks. Hey is anyone else seeing a lot of erroneous characters in the text? Like: …If I don’t get it – I move on!
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Dmorrow Premium
Great information Tracey. Very helpful - maybe I'll be able to get some new posts out soon, lol.
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CarolynR Premium
Thank you Tracey, great tips
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4GoodBuy Premium
You are welcome Carolyn - hope you feel more motivated to go for it following with interest cheers Tracey
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Danamy5 Premium
Thanks Tracey, for some wonderful observations and tips for writing. You make very valid points and I would only reinforce here that sometimes the notion of "writer's block" is borne out of some inner fear of failure or the feeling that I just can't write. You are correct, maybe I can't write. . . . As of yet. But, at one point man never stepped foot on the moon either !!! The only way they ever got there was thru repeated attempts. Great blog. Thank you.
Dan
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4GoodBuy Premium
Thanks again Dan - Yes absolutely - great that you picked up that point - FOF fear of failure, is one of the main reasons why people FTS fail to start...

How can we possibly succeed here at WA or anywhere else for that matter if we fail to start? So I totally agree and would encourage everyone here at WA to wrap up that fear of failure - put it up on a high shelf somewhere and pick it up in a year or so - if still want or need it then pick it back up and run away with it....

Until then grab every opportunity here at WA to write, post, comment, critique, - take positive action every day for 1 year (without fear of failure) then see where this journey takes you. - cheers Tracey
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SStarrs Premium
Thank you Tracey . I am not good at writing .
I will bookmark this .
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BenORourke Premium
Thank you Tracy, great way of looking at it and some very good pointers.
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4GoodBuy Premium
Thanks Ben - I think there are so many ways to look at the boring basic things sometimes taking the lighter road may bring brighter results... cheers following with interest - Tracey
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PSenwelo Premium
Thanks Tracy, will sure write with that in mind.
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4GoodBuy Premium
You are most welcome - the best thing is to just do it - write... and have fun. thanks for taking the time to read and comment cheers Tracey
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VickyBangle Premium
This is valuable information. However, your script seems a little off. I will definitely heed your advice.
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4GoodBuy Premium
Hiya Vicky, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment - I am interested to learn why you feel the script 'seems a little off'? I would appreciate it if you could elaborate on this point.

Constructive criticism is valuable information and a fantastic learning tool - if you felt the script was a little off - chances are some other readers did as well - We are all learning so I sincerely welcome your and others contribution(s)

btw... (people who leave more descriptive and helpful criticism also get higher ranking points here at WA). following with interest cheers Tracey
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VickyBangle Premium
When I read your article before some of the letters looked strange almost like a subscript. It wasn't every word just one in a sentence. It looks fine now.
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4GoodBuy Premium
Thank you for noticing Vicky - quite right - the power of editing...
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Stephanie33 Premium
There's something going on with your script. Your apostrophe comes out as "a with ^ over it then what looks like the symbol for Euro and an opening quotation sign next". I had a similar thing show up on one of my comments on my website. This is in place of every apostrophe that you use. Any idea why?
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TheOldSilly Premium
I'm curious to know this one, myself.
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KatieMac Premium
oh for some reason I have seen this on a couple of other posts by different members must be a glitch somewhere
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thanks for sharing the great pointers on writing.
You are on point with the statement- Just Do It!
Sami
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4GoodBuy Premium
Thanks for taking the time to read my post Sami, I hope you got a few tips, and feel motivated to - Just do it as well, cheers Tracey
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