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The basics

In Copywriting, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Punctuation, Spelling, Writing on June 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

It’s been a while, I know, and I apologize for that. There is no excuse, but I have been busy.

I also know that I have committed to a blog a month at least. Not only to you, but to myself. Just to keep the learning going.

It wasn’t that I was struggling for an idea for the next blog; or what I wanted to share. It was that I had all these ideas, and then upon reflecting on them, realized they fell short. Or at least I thought. You see, I got so excited about sharing them, I wasn’t even sure anyone else would get as excited. So those ideas are shelved. For now.

In my line of work, I come across different styles of writing in various degrees.

Sometimes I am thrown pages of content and my job is to clean it up. Structure the mess into something that half resembles a cohesive piece of work.

Suffice to say, the day is never dull.

I recently had to review a couple of pieces that got me thinking, and this sparked an idea for a blog.

And I apologize if it seems like it took me forever to get here, but I’m getting to the point.

If you’re still reading, great. Let’s continue.

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The story behind the word of the day

In Advertizing, Branding, Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Design, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Word of the day, Writing on May 3, 2013 at 1:23 am

So I thought I’d write something about the whole exercise behind the ‘Word of the Day’ series.

For a few blogs now, I’ve merely taken a photo of a word (thank you, iPhone) and popped it up as a blog piece. Is this sheer laziness on my part? Have I run out of things to say? Or write about?

Au contraire!

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Inspiration, where art thou?

In Art, Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Design, Inspire, Writing on April 17, 2013 at 12:05 am

People often ask me where I get my inspiration from.

So today, I thought I’d share.

Two simple tips.

One. A notebook. Or your iPhone. Or any device you can write, note, or record your thoughts down, into, or on.

Two. Your senses.

Got you interested?

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A good sound foundation

In Copywriting, Creative, Language, Punctuation, Writing on February 17, 2013 at 2:28 am

The other day, I had the unfortunate privilege to work on a document that, I swear, must have been written by monkeys.

As I trawled through the pages of words to make sense of fragmented sentences thrown together to resemble something close to paragraphs upon paragraphs of content, I realized I wasn’t simply working on the document to ready its content for an elearning platform. I was fully editing the document. It was rife with red from my tracked edits. Indeed, most of my comments included why sentences were changed, words were chopped, and paragraphs restructured.

This got me thinking. The importance of a good foundation is inevitable. But what does this mean?

In one word: structure.

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The writer and the storyteller

In Copywriting, Creative, Grammar, Language, Writing on February 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

A few blogs back, I wrote about the difference between a writer and a storyteller.

Today, I want to share a little story (no pun intended!) with you and explore this a little further.

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Writing vs. storytelling

In Creative, Writing on December 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

I recently attended a writers’ workshop and one of the topics discussed was the difference between writing and storytelling.

So it got me thinking about what makes an ordinary piece of writing into an extraordinary story.

Storytelling is the ability to hold captive an audience simply by using words. Or is it? Is it the story? Or the way you write the story?

Let’s explore, shall we?

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The little creative warrior

In Creative, Design, Inspire, Writing on November 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

Okay, so I have a little confession to make.

I usually like to leave my creative writing for Sundays. I find it therapeutic. Granted, I write all the time. And I mean, all the time. It’s in my blood. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to write. I do it for a living and now, I even run three blogs, so that’s a lot of writing!

I’m always pumping something out on my little iPhone. My poor little iPhone. It’s got such a backlog of blogs and ideas waiting to be unleashed. God help if I ever lose it. It would be like losing my mind!

Mind you, I’m not even counting the storyboards and documents I churn out at the office.

But I recently hit a Sunday where I faced a day of creative frustration. And it wasn’t that I wasn’t able to string words together. It was because I wanted to do more. So I kept going and at the end of the day, I was writing til midnight and had smashed out four blogs. And an idea I was excited about.

Somehow I had managed to tackle the beast and got my creative juices going. But I thought I had wasted a day fluffing around trying to get there. Or had I?

So what keeps us creatives going?

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How to eat an elephant

In Copywriting, Creative, Writing on September 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

Surely you’ve heard that phrase? But now that I’ve got your attention, let me just say that there are two parts to this piece. And even if you just read part one, you take away enough to get what you need to know. Part two unveils further application of the process.

Someone once asked me how long it takes me to write a blog. Well, that depends. When it clicks, it takes me ten minutes. No kidding. From concept to finish, the idea is borne and the words just flow. Something magical happens.

Other times, it may take me weeks. Frustrating. An idea may stew in my mind for days; and sometimes something miraculous happens. Other times, mush. And the idea is tossed.

But one thing remains constant. The creative process is the same.

And the process is gold.

And simple.

Other creatives, such as artists, designers, and musicians, might agree.

But today, we’re talking about creative writing.

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