Archive | November 2017

Why writing a blog is (sometimes) more difficult than writing a novel

REBLOGGED from D.E. Haggerty, the original writer of this post. Yes, blog writing is often harder for me as well. 😦

D.E. Haggerty

Yeah, you read that right. Sometimes writing a blog is more difficult than finishing a novel. And now you think I’ve gone from slightly loco to completely bonkers. While I may admit to being slightly loco at times and often even bonkers, I’m trying to be serious here. On Sunday afternoon, I was staring at my blank computer screen and wondering what in the world I was going to blog about now! I may have been getting just the teensy weensy bit annoyed. Why oh why does writing a blog article seem like so much work? Oh wait – maybe this is a good blog idea. I put my thinking cap on and came up with three reasons why I struggle with blog writing:

  1. Brevity. Blog articles need to be short. I always aim for around 500 words. Seems easy, right? Wrong! Because the blogs are brief, they need to…

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Propelling Your Blog As The Next Hot Ticket Item

REBLOGGED: What a great recipe for creating more traffic for your blog.

The Little Mermaid

Eureka! I’ve finally discovered the secret to blogging success! The good news is that I can’t wait to share the magic potion with all of you! Whoot!

Ready?

Let’s get started…

What is ‘blogging success’ at the outset? Is it something achievable? Is it quantifiable? For me, a successful blog is one that is loved by all. A blog that is pampered in its niche attracts thousands of visitors, garners hundreds of likes and is home to a never-ending string of comments. A successul blog stands out from the rest because, well, it is amazeballs. But what does it take for an amateur to get there? Did it cross your mind at some point in time that those established bloggers were starters, like you too? Yeah? Good!

1. Passion

Passion is the key to unlock the door to blogging success. When you blog, you have to do it out of…

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Dear NaNoWriMo Cheerleaders, I Want to, But . . .

Cheerleaders of NaNoWriMo, I’m already behind. Based on the 50,000 word goal, I already have a deficit of 10,002 words!

Yes, I’ve written some short stories. There’s one that I’m finishing up for a November 15th deadline, but does that even count towards the novel of my dreams?!

You see, I have a novel inside of me that needs to be written. It makes threats. It keeps me up at night. The characters taunt me, “Monique, we’re so much more interesting than those other characters you created. Come on, what are you waiting for? This project is so much more important! Do us! Do yourself a favor and write about us!”

If only I had the time. So, I’ve decided to make time.

In Florida (accent on the duh), we have this thing called Daylight Savings Time, where we FALL BACK (happens in autumn or fall — you know, the season where trees change their color and the weather gets cooler?)

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Sorry, Florida. No gorgeous fall scenes for you. You get to “fall back” an hour as a reminder that autumn has arrived.  #sarcasm

Well, since Florida rarely experiences these beautiful moments, I guess that’s why we’re still forced to abide by “da rules”.

Anywho, let me get back to the task at hand.

In order to make NaNoWriMo happen for me, I pledge, I vow, I promise, I swear (by the moon and the stars in the sky) that I’ll wake up earlier AND before making smoothies for the family, before packing lunchboxes, before working out (Zumba or weight training) that I’ll crank out those words; I’ll wrestle with those words; I’ll caress them; cajole them; coax them; and tickle ’em out of me and spew them on paper or clank them out on keyboard!

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Oh yes, I can!

So, now my day job is starting in a few minutes. With that said, au revoir. Until later. Blah, Blah, Blah.

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*Falls asleep on keyboard*