Who Would have thought
Many years ago as an eager 8th grader, I faced what can be likened to a creative artist's career challenge. The lesson was English Language composition and all I had to work with was a title and a rough outline to fill out in three hundred and fifty words.
The basic idea was to put together an interesting story broken down as introduction, body and reasonable conclusion after a process of drafting ,editing and eventually settling for final copy.
Easy enough right? Well actually wrong. I had a mammoth task as far as my teen-aged imagination could contain and what started out as a story going in one direction ended up with an ending in no way related to the title I had been given to begin with. To make matters worse, I had far exceeded the word limit by over one hundred and forty words Unfortunately for me whatever I had written beyond the word limit was struck off without any points and the teacher of English was left with no choice but to grade my writing with difficulty. Flight of ideas I think she called it.
Who would have thought that the process of refining my writing skills that far back would have to be the springboard of how I take my online experience forward?
Drafting helped me get the ideas from imagination to life-first copy most likely a feeble start, doubtful but with a hint of promise
Editing meant getting only the best bits of information out- a bit like minding to make sure my content is well researched-some of the pro blogs I am coming across here at WA show the seriousness attached to what is being shared
Final copy and word count-putting the best product out there.
It's a process, it takes effort and it gives you a good feeling to finally get the formula right.
I have a lot to learn, many tasks to tick off my list but I know it's coming right, soon.