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How Writing Shapes Thought

Writing allows you to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper or an electronic device.

When we write, our goal is to express our vivid thoughts in a disciplined manner. The images that we see in our head must be verbalized in a manner that brings them into a reality.

Look at George R.R. Martin. A Song of Ice and Fire, also known as Game of Thrones was about a vast world that existed only within his mind. His imagination created this huge world full of magic, political scheming, and hundreds of characters interwoven into an epic story.

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How Would Ebenezer Scrooge Do Social Media?

This time of year, you cannot be a functioning member of society and not be familiar with some adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and its infamous protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge.

A crotchety old miser, Scrooge is reminded on Christmas Eve of the importance of cherishing the people in his life and honoring the spirit of Christmas throughout the year by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Oh! And Tiny Tim.

A Christmas Carol was first published by Chapman & Hall in December of 1843. At the time it was considered a solid social statement against the rampant capitalism of Victorian Britain and greedy industrialists that were profiting at ridiculously high margins off the work of the lower classes.

Hrmm…Sound familiar?

While some things may remain the same, the times certainly have changed 170 years later. Recently, the biggest change to human relationships and interaction certainly lies in the power of social media and networking.

Which leaves one to wonder: How Would Ebenezer Scrooge DO Social Media?Continue reading

Announcing The Managing Editor Show Podcast

Why is it so hard to work with editors?
Why don’t my guest post submissions get approved?
What’s wrong with my writing?

Have you ever asked yourself or an editor a question like this?

If you have, you aren’t alone. My inbox is filled with messages from clients and readers asking the same thing.

I love those questions! It means someone wants to improve their skills and and take their content “to the next level.” That’s what we should all be striving for. If you aren’t growing, you’re dead.

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Measuring the Content Metrics that Matter: Do They Like Me? Do They Really Like Me?

Somewhere during the height of my adolescent angst, I received a great piece of advice: “Stop caring so much about what other people think.”

It is, in fact, a tremendous life strategy.

Especially when you’re facing a school full of fellow teenagers riddled with hormones and penchants for drama. Yet, as many discover while winding their way through life, this guidance becomes ever harder to follow.

There is always someone to try to impress. Or at least, to avoid being judged by.

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