One of my favorite things to do when I find a good article is analyzing their perspective. I think it’s fascinating to see how perspectives differ from person to person, even when talking about the same subject. The important thing is, as Baz Luhrman states; “Be careful who’s advice you take, but be patient with those that supply it.” I like to take it all in, and then decide what I like, what works for me and how I can apply it. The particular article that I chose to address is from ragan.com, 10 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills-Quickly by Amandah Tayler Blackwell. Now, I have seen a lot of lists on how to improve this or the other thing, but the part that snagged my attention is the “quickly” part. I want to address a few of the ways she lists, and then come back to the “quickly”.
The first one made me think of Kasey’s post last week when she was sick. I love how she makes is sound like she’s having all these great experiences, and then you realize that she is reading a story! She cracks me up. But I know that reading all these different stories and writing in your journal is a great way to come up with new ideas for writing. Another great way, at least for me, is dreams. I swear my dreams are so vivid, that I could get almost a new idea every night! The ones that really throw me are the dreams that have a beginning, a plot and end! I feel like I’m watching and participating a movie! It’s kind of fun.
The one that would be a challenge to me is her idea of rewriting your blog posts. I definitely see the purpose in doing this, because it can help you to see ways that you can improve your writing. I would have a difficult time sticking to this idea, unless I had to redo the post for something else. I like the feeling that I am “finished” with something. But I know that especially in writing, you can’t get caught in this thinking because writing is a process that requires a lot of rewriting.
I wanted to also mention one that I think we (especially us MMW bloggers) should pay attention to, and that is “commenting on your favorite blog posts”. I get in the habit of reading something and then thinking to myself, “Wow, I really liked that.” and then moving on. My goal is to stop and give some feedback when I read a post. I love to see others comment on my posts. It lets me know where I can improve, it opens my mind up to other ideas and it also gives me motivation to keep writing because I feel like maybe I’m making a difference! So when you read something you like (or even dislike) take a few moments and put down some constructive feedback!
Another favorite is “read beyond what you normally read”, but I’m not going to go too much into it, because I would like to see you guys read her article. She has some great ideas! The one thing that confused me a little, is that she didn’t go into how her list would help you get there “quickly”. All of her suggestions were really good ideas, but I am not sure I understand how it gets us there faster. Any thoughts? Check out the whole list!
Question to Ponder:
If you were asked to add five things to her list, what would you add?