Imaginary Friends and Other Writing Tricks

Last Update: September 09, 2015

I've been slowly going back through the LIve Video Classes, and the class I reviewed today was fresh out of the box on August 8, 2014.

There were a number of interesting points in the class, but one that really caught my attention was one in which Jay (magistudios) suggested writing to a single person - even an imaginary person!

Keepin' it real


Give them a name, an age, a sex, and even a bit of a profile; someone who might be interested in what you were writing about - then write to them. You'll be more likely to toss in a bit of humor or a little folklore to keep your reader engaged, and less likely to be the stilted professor lecturing their class into a coma. (My apologies to any stilted professors who may be reading this ;)

Imaginary audience, real business


Jay also outlined a 5 day planner that made a great deal of sense. You can speed up the timeframe for planning or slow it down based on your schedule, but here's the gist of it:

Day 1... research what people want to know in your niche .
Day 2... 'create' the person you want to write to - your ideal reader
Day 3... write down 10 blog post topics based on your research and your ideal reader
Day 4... schedule days for writing or publishing your 10 posts, and start writing!
- ask a few questions within your content, and provide a few tips. Engage!
Day 5... schedule some fun shares with your Google+ circles / communities
- sync these messages with your posts' publication dates

If you'd like to check out the whole WAbinar, you can find it at https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/defining-...

Now go have some fun with your imaginary playmate. Just be sure to be home before the street lights come on!

Dennis

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Marcus1978 Premium
Good advice. Thanks for sharing.
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Prestones Premium
Hi Marcus -

I'd like to take credit, but I'm just passing along Jay's tactic. Put it to good use - hopefully it'll do you some good!

Dennis
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Marcus1978 Premium
Well, you deserve to be thanked for distilling that information down anyway :-)
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TopAchiever Premium
You've gone to great lengths to chat to your imaginary friends here in replies to responses, nice practice run for implementing your own advice! Gold medals and silver tassels to you Dennis! :-)
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Prestones Premium
Hi Edu!

I suppose that in the end, it all gets back to Decartes' ontological argument that everything's imaginary; nothing exists outside the mind.

Put another way - I think, therefore you're not ;)

<chuckle> René Descartes is spinning in his grave as I write!

Dennis
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Kav Premium
This does make a lot of sense, thanks for highlighting it.
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Prestones Premium
Hello Kavinah!

My blogging philosophy is simply to take what interest me at the time, and put it out there for all to consider. Glad to hear it resonated with you!

Dennis
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Anh Premium
Interesting, Dennis. Thank you for sharing, I was a little lazy to go through the webinars... because they are around 1 hours each you know...

I've learned about writing for a specific target audience when I fist started blogging, I read somewhere about imagining who you want to write for and it has helped me a lot, it would have been boring to just talk to a wall. An imaginary friend sounds like a much better catch. Ha ha.

I found this guide by QuickSprout (at https://www.quicksprout.com/the-complete-guide-to-building-your-blog-audience/) to give a great idea about outlining your audience, and creating a complete profile for them (what they do, where they live, what site they frequent, what do they buy etc.). I attached an excerpt from it below. If you are interested in building your audience, I think this guide will be useful to you.

I have done one profile and based upon it to develop my blog. I was thinking I needed 1-2 more so I am glad to hear Jay mentioning just one. It could probably work too!

Cheers.
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Prestones Premium
Thanks for citing the QuickSprout guide Anh!

Jay has gone so far as to write his imaginary person a draft email, then cut and paste it into the WordPress editor to publish it.

Spectacular!

Dennis
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CherylK Premium
Advice well worth taking and I will watch that video, today. There's just such an unending list of great training videos and lessons here that I appreciate your pointing some of them out to us!
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Prestones Premium
Hello Cheryl!

I'm slowly working my way through the mountain of Live Video Classes, and have found some interesting tidbits of information in many. I'll try to condense what I've learned in a blog from time to time.

Dennis
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CherylK Premium
That would be much appreciated!
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tomtitty006 Premium
That seems to make a lot of sense.
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Prestones Premium
Greetings Mark!

I learned of the technique yesterday, and I'll be giving it a test drive later today.

Stay tuned!

Dennis
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MarionBlack Premium
You're always worth reading Dennis. I'm a bit impatient when it comes to hour-long sessions so I haven't slogged my way through Jay's WAbinars yet. Thanks for picking out the important bits and cramming the lesson into a nutshell. ~Marion
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Prestones Premium
Hi Marion!

More nutshells to follow... :)

Dennis
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adaba063 Premium
thank you for sharing, will check out the WAbinar, but just reading through these simple pointers is enough to start my imagination going!

all the best,
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Prestones Premium
Hi Derrell!

Sometimes all it takes is a different perspective to get your creative juices flowing.

Ride the wave!

Dennis
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Quincy17677 Premium
At first blush it sounds sort of weird to create an imaginary person but, by the end of your post, I changed my mind and now think it is a good idea. Will try to be home before the street lights go off!
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Prestones Premium
Greetings Willafay!

I have a habit of thinking at right angles to reality at times, which is probably why the idea appealed to me.

Jay went so far as to write blogs in a draft email to the imaginary friend, then he just cut and pasted it into his WordPress editor and hit Publish!

Interesting break with normalcy ;)

Dennis
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allchristie Premium
Dennis. Great advice. In my other life I work as Mind Wizard. I have segmented my sub conscious into a Board of Directors each with different duties eg safety, innovation, finance, PR etc. Their individual and group offerings give me a variety of characters and scripts. I have no problem keeping it real although others may be a little suspicious. Thanks for the post. Larry
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Prestones Premium
Greetings Larry -

Nothing wrong with having a circle of imaginary friends / business acquaintances - in fact, I alluded to making an entire Sim City in another comment in here.

Sometimes it's best to keep it on the down low though!

Dennis
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Donnie58 Premium
That's an awesome idea!
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Prestones Premium
Excellent Donnie!

I've taken to leaning on any resource I can find here at WA in an effort to further my cause. I'm even relying on Karma - so I'm glad to hear you found the idea awesome!

Dennis
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
Interesting
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Prestones Premium
Greetings Keith and Jay!

I don't know how to respond to a couple of high flying members who are setting the stage to channel thousands of beginners into WA.

I *really* wish I had the confidence to make a similar statement - but I've gotta walk before I can run, and crawl before attempting to walk. Sooo, I'm still working on my first $100,000 ;)

Hopefully this will find its way past interesting and land somewhere near useful!

Dennis
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
I have family members who are extremely high almost cabinet-level in the US government. They are helping us... it's nothing we're doing, it stems from a Thanksgiving dinner conversation a while back. If we can do our part, they will do theirs.
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SupportWorx Premium
Cool little trick! -Alexx
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Prestones Premium
Greetings Alexx!

Apparently Jay, the member who does all the Live Video Classes, has been trained as a radio personality - and this is one of his "tricks of the trade".

I keep attending the new classes and reviewing the old recordings to pick up bits of information.

So far, it's been great - but I'm keeping an eye out for Murphy here too!

Dennis
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Darwyn Premium
Hey Dennis, I think I can remember catching this training, Jay always encourages you to be that little bit more structured in your method? Thanks for the reminder. Great post.
Cheers
Darwyn
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Prestones Premium
Greetings Darwyn!

This video class, along with about 150 other classes, was before my time. I figure that about this time next year, I will have slowly wormed my way through all of them.

Stay tuned!

Dennis
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carcol Premium
This is how I have always tried to create my writing.

I wrote a book about learning to fly a radio controlled model aeroplane back in 2007 and it was reviewed on Amazon by a guy who said having read it he felt like we had sat down together and we had discussed the content over a cup of tea.

You don't get more personal than that.
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Prestones Premium
You have a leg up on many of the rest of us, Carol & Colin (Eureka, I got it!!)

You are to be congratulated on having a personable & engaging writing style. I, on the other hand, am still workin' on it ;)

I can be taught though!

Dennis
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anthrovol Premium
My imaginary friend has always been that lovely young lady, you know, the one who laughs at your jokes even though they are not funny. But maybe I should find an imaginary friend who is a bit more real, and lets me know when I'm being stupid . :)
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Prestones Premium
Nothing wrong with having several imaginary friends Gary - even an imaginary clique!

Then you need other cliques to keep your clique from becoming too stuck on themselves, and before you know it you've built an entire Sim City of personalities - unless the men in white come and take you away first.

So let's keep this on the down low ;)

Dennis
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krazykat Premium
Good stuff. Thanks :-)
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Prestones Premium
Hi Val -

I find bits of knowledge here and there, and recirculate them in the hopes they'll find good homes ;)

Dennis
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