Web Explored — Brighton Rock, Slumdog, and Flashbacks

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Read­ing is a required part of writ­ing. “Web Explored” is a new cat­e­go­ry on Gog­glede­Goox. I have been long think­ing about pub­lish­ing a list of inter­est­ing pieces found around the web and bring­ing them togeth­er as some­thing for my audi­ence to enjoy. These are gen­er­al clips, not specif­i­cal­ly about writ­ing or blog­ging, sim­ply inter­est­ing pieces which may inter­est you. I hope you enjoy read­ing them as much as I did find­ing them.


Motor­cy­cles, Razor-Gangs, Eng­land, and Sax­onsscott-old-bike-courtesy-scott-biddulph-two-drops-of-ink is and inter­est­ing piece by Scott Bid­dulph from Two Drops of Ink. I have spo­ken with Scott on a few occa­sions and these have been diverse and inter­est­ing dis­cus­sions. So I can attest to know­ing a lit­tle about his diverse life. He was encour­aged by his pro­fes­sor to go to Eng­land to present a speech at the annu­al Gra­ham Greene Fes­ti­val in Berkham­st­ed. I urge you to take a read.

In What Writ­ers Can Learn From Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire Sophie Schiller gives her thoughts about work­ing as a writer. “As a writer, I envy peo­ple who work in teams. Work­ing as a mem­ber of a team is empow­er­ing and enrich­ing. By col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­ers, the indi­vid­ual work­er becomes a part of some­thing greater, and when they suc­ceed, their suc­cess is shared col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly. A writer’s suc­cess, if he ever expe­ri­ences any, is one-sided and can­not real­ly be shared, mak­ing it some­what hol­low.” She rais­es many inter­est­ing points about the chal­lenges the writer faces.



mia-bothaLong sen­tences can be dan­ger­ous.” Says Mia Botha in 6 Ways To Short­en Your Sen­tences And Improve Your Writ­ing. Peo­ple who know me may know that I love long sen­tences, but I also accept that “when… sen­tences are too long, we tend to lapse into the pas­sive voice and… risk mak­ing tense and punc­tu­a­tion mis­takes.”  I don’t agree with every­thing Botha says, but agree care is required at all times when con­struct­ing sen­tences. Extend­ed sen­tences should be con­struct­ed, espe­cial­ly care­ful­ly, with the core con­cept con­tin­u­al­ly in mind.

Prov­ing there are lots of great things on the web here is a piece about how we feel about our­selves. Should we think more about this? I am a reg­u­lar read­er of Tiny Bud­dah and rec­om­mend How We Avoid Our Feel­ings and How Embrac­ing Them Sets Us Free. We are con­stant­ly on the go, with too much work out­stand­ing. Step­ping back and get­ting in touch with your feel­ings is always a good idea yet done too infrequently.

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ProBlog­ger is like­ly to fea­ture heav­i­ly in “the web explored” as it pro­vides a great amount of use­ful mate­r­i­al. Ben­jamin Bran­dall is the author of The Ulti­mate Edit­ing Check­list for Con­tent Mar­keters in stat­ing “Unedit­ed writ­ing is, in the words of Annie Lam­ott: shit­ty. And so it should be. If you’re stop­ping every three words to check what you’re doing, you’re going to take days to write a dis­joint­ed, awk­ward piece. That’s where using an edit­ing check-list comes in.”

It is true that edit­ing is a mis­un­der­stood prac­tice and after hav­ing writ­ten your cre­ative work, there has to be much edit­ing, which isn’t sim­ply about check­ing spelling and gram­mar. Pay atten­tion to this check-list and fol­low it.


For all those explor­ing their fic­tion­al writ­ing capa­bil­i­ties (per­haps as a part of Nation­al Nov­el Writ­ing Month)? I refer you to The Only Rea­son Your Sto­ry Should Have Flash­backs. K.M. Wei­land tells the world “Flash­backs are a mul­ti-func­tion­al tech­nique for step­ping out­side your story’s time-line and shar­ing inter­est­ing and infor­ma­tive nuggets about your char­ac­ters’ past.” I agree, but I also think some writ­ers overuse them and weak­en their stories.

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Nina Amir asks, and answers, the ques­tion Do You Have Inten­tion? How to Set Achiev­able and Mean­ing­ful Goals on Jane Friedman’s blog. Even writ­ers need goals and a roadmap in order to reach their des­ti­na­tion. If you don’t know where you intend to go, chances are you will not arrive. I have also dis­cussed the top­ic of meet­ing dead­lines on an ear­li­er post.

This is my round-up of some of the best of the web explored over the last few days. Please enjoy. It has been a plea­sure to read and I hope you will have as much fun as I did. As a mark of respect for the author’s efforts please leave com­ments to show your appre­ci­a­tion of the efforts by these writers.


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