Repurposed, Crafted or Laughed At?

repurposed, crafted or laughed atYou have this post you’re working on which you feel is crafted so skillfully with each brush stroke of your best word paints. You are sure it is your “Michelangelo” in words. It is bright, and so picturesque that even the blind can bask in its colorful essence when read aloud. After a while your flow of creativity ebbs, and you decide to let your piece sit for a day to dry.

When you come back the next day you discover that your vibrant colors have dulled through the drying process.  So, now you have to find another way to liven up your artistic word creation. You tweak, add more word paints, while also adding a bit from an old blog post-which you felt was phenomenal. Then, you find at the end of the day that you’ve created a neon sign that’s garish, and it can be seen flashing in a galaxy light years away.

You now know this piece will be laughed at.

We all find days like this with our writing.  That’s why we have to work at it to develop our skills and style.  We may start out feeling like we know exactly where we are going with our post, and then end up at a stop on the other side of town.  We’ve read all the best posts, studied all the best books, but what we haven’t discovered is our own style.  That’s also why writing is considered a craft. You have to work at it and build upon it.  It may be true that there are some who just naturally put pen to paper and come up with a “Michelangelo.”  But when considering this master craftsman himself, look at all the time he put into his creation of David, and the Sistine Chapel.

The hardest things for me to write about are products and services. It’s not always easy to write about things which are needed, but give you a smaller area of creativity. So, like any good artist would do… get out your sketch pad. Remember if you’re drawing a house, don’t forget the front door.  This is where you enter.

Start with you sketch… or your outline

  • Consider what you want to say and/or what must be included.
  • Include major bullet points, and then elaborate on each one. (the “xyz” brand is much heavier than the “abc” brand which makes it more cumbersome to take along.)
  • Give your reasons for why this is a good product or service, and also include its less finer points.  (I love that the “abc” brand has everything in one place, though it does cost a bit more than the “xyz” brand.)
  • Give personal examples of why you feel this way. (“I used the “xyz” product and found that my hair was the shiniest it’s ever been, and it’s less expensive than “abc” brand.)
  • If you have pertinent information from another blog piece, use it. (If it’s not yours, give credit to source.)
  • Finish it off with your overall thoughts, and your recommendations. (Throw some creativity into it.)

Now that you have your outline, learn to develop your style as you go. Go back over your work, and see if there is a defining factor in each piece that you’ve written, then go from there.  And, you will see, quite often, that the more you write your style will evolve and change.  It’s good to look at other’s writing to see how they solve a problem with creativity, and with writing in general.  However, you can look, examine and consider, but in the end, write your way.  Some days you will have to paint over everything, that’s just part of the learning process.

There will be articles and posts that are repurposed, crafted and laughed at…pick up your brush and paint your words anyway.

Keep writing!

 

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BG Jenkins

 

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BG is a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 3, and a former realtor living in South Texas. Her current ventures are in the area of affiliate marketing, writing, and spending time with her family.

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10 thoughts on “Repurposed, Crafted or Laughed At?”

  1. BG, I love the painting analogy you’ve used here. I paint word pictures even when I’m writing about everyday events, rather than a story. One of the highest compliments I’ve received is that I draw the reader into my story and make him see, hear, feel, and experience what I am.

    And just as with a painting, my words are not always as wonderful as I may think they are, and must be edited or changed altogether.

    As for outlines… I took a writing course a few years ago, and one of the assignments was to give an outline of my novel. That was hard. I thought I could not do it. But I did it, and it turned out to be the best thing they could have required me to do. The outline was the skeleton, the structure, upon which the whole thing was built. I knew where I was going, and where to put everything.
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    1. Hi Willena, Thanks so much. I agree that you paint well with words. I’m interested on
      finding out about your outline skeleton… You will have to share! Thanks for commenting.

      1. Hi BG,

        All I did for the outline was list the chapter titles.

        My novel is a fictionalized account of something that really did happen in our family’s life over the 12 years we were involved with a particular church. I have tons of emails and chats from which to draw, and it was a major step forward to decide what I would use, in what order. Once I’d named the chapters — all 42 of them :\ — then I had a place to file each scene.

        I’ve had so many starts and stops with it, mostly because it’s kinda emotional for me, and I get easily overwhelmed. But when I do pick it up again, the outline is always waiting for me, making it easier to dive in again.
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  2. Hi BG,

    What a great post. I also love the comparison of writing to painting with words.

    Also as a writer, I doubt any of us will put out what we believe to be absolutely perfect, so there does come a time to decide that you have provided valuable information, put it out there and go on to your next exciting piece of art/words.
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  3. Hi BG,

    I had never been in the habit of preparing outlines, and then I used a product for writing an eBook that “forced” me to do so – and my eBook was written much faster and (I believe) a better finished product for the discipline.

    I liked the tips you gave us for product reviews – I do quite a few of these, so they will be helpful. Thanks.

    Joy
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