Learning To Write: Fleeing Boredom
Is It Worth Reading
I am basically a non-reader. I find most articles that come my way are a rehash of the same old stuff. The compelling dialogs are the ones that get my attention with an interesting headline and a hint of something new to ponder on. What really is problematic is the fact that my hopes are high for a short period of time before I realize the story is a rehash of some old topic with a stale outcome.
How many times can you get people’s attention with cookie-cutter topics that have been driven into the ground with repetitive statements that have no new twist. Let’s take an old story, rearrange some words and plop it out on the general public. Don’t take the time to be creative but reload generic content that satisfies the needs of the writer to publish something on schedule.
I wonder if today’s writers are really creating material they would want to read. Would their headlines create a sense of urgency to at least force them to take a peek at the upfront paragraphs of the subject matter being set forth. Why should anyone read them before bouncing off the page and moving on?
Telling Stories Creates Individual Content
I do like to read stories about people’s individual events or trial-by-error learning curves. They bring out reality to foster a sense of being able to identify with the author. Instead of some high-handed expert creating structured discourse on a particular topic, the writer connects with the reader one on one.
My father’s main line of communication with me was the “Lecture”. Do this or don’t do that. Take my advice or I will be displeased with your decision to be independent. If you don’t follow my all-knowing advice, you will be branded as unable to take the necessary steps to learn or survive. And there will be conflict!
Unfortunately for me, I did the same thing with my kids. I didn’t take the time to get inside their heads to find out what was going on. Lectures, discipline, punishment, and resentment set in. They would always wait for the encounters to end so that they could get on with life.
A lot of writers are like that. They lecture the reader. The article doesn’t draw the audience into their world and create a sense of camaraderie. In other words, they fail to be were where you are right now, and tell of some hard knocks and the passage of time that gave them their insights. Those experiences are not shared with you in the instructions you are reading.
If I tell a story about one of my experiences, I know that it is not copied from someone else. It is what I went through to think about, and then get involved with, some facet of life that came my way. And the great thing is, I don’t have to be an expert on any particular subject when I write like that.
What Do You Write About?
What is it that interests me, I ask myself. Did enough things happen in my life that helps me think about topics to share with others? Would I be able to write in such away to make the story unique and interesting?
One of my early training articles stated that “You Are A Writer When You Say You Are”. You have to just get started and do it. Fear of being afraid of what others will think of your work has to be set aside.
If you talk about something that everyone else is writing about, you will get lost. It’s like the smallest fish in the sea. They were born to be food for a larger fish who were born to be the same. Your work will be food for mediocrity unless you create something new. It will get lost in a sea of repetitive meanderings.
How many times can you rehash ways to lose visceral fat or rediscover the Keto diet? If someone else’s cooking recipe is the best ever, what spin or story can you tell to make yours different, better, or at least more interesting? Do you have a tale to tell about saving money, buying a house, fishing for mountain trout or growing a rare tropical plant?
Telling a story helps engage the reader. Even boring matter can come alive with some particular mishap involved.
I Don’t Try To Be Perfect
Have you ever noticed on home improvement programs, no one makes a mistake. Everything goes together perfectly to produce the desired outcome with no trial and error. Or a cooking show where the ingredients are all easily available and the oven springs forth a golden entrée that tastes delightful. It’s a perfect world on TV!
I don’t try to be perfect. I just try to tell a story the best way I know how. My ideas come either from past experiences or subjects I want to know more about and expand on. If I can relate to the tale of another person, I use it as a reference (with acknowledgement) to expand on what I have to say.
Starting out, the initial typewritten dialog is usually nowhere near what I want to see in the finished product. But sometimes it is. In any event, I start typing in draft mode and hope for ideas as I tap on the keys.
My primary objective is to see if I can make it interesting. Would I want to read it again to glean some further insight from the words set forth. Do I laugh, cry, grimace, or sink deep into thought about my presentation. Would I want to read it if someone else wrote it?
What I don’t want is misspelled words or grammatical errors. I don’t want multiple consecutive sentences starting with the same word. The use of different terms to convey a similar thought helps to keep the paragraph from monotonous repetitive overtones.
Using WordPress Tools and Installed Plugins
A built-in grammar checker helps me locate those issues ascribed to above. I don’t want to have faulty writing cause readers to “bounce” away from my articles because they are fed up with errors.
It’s hard enough to keep topics interesting without adding to the mix with poorly constructed attacks on proper “linguistics”. The art of writing is built around a set of well-defined structural precedents. I don’t want to butcher them and send the reader scurrying for something better to read.
Linguistics: The study of human speech including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language.
Since I have written over 60 articles and published them on my website, I have to consider myself a writer. I try to tell an interesting story and help my readers glean some knowledge from what I have to say. The many positive comments I have received tell me that at least a certain amount of people find my information positive, entertaining, and informative.
I also try to help people who are asking for advice with my feedback to their questions. All of this is new territory for me. I have come along way and will continue to strive to grow and improve my presentations. If I can help you and others, it will all be worthwhile!