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.

Influences

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.

Improving

 

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.

About Writing

 

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.

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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.

Web Explored

 

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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