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Why I Blog the Way I Do
Me with the Grands!
When I started this blog, I named it An Eclectic Muse on purpose. I wanted to write about whatever inspired me. Since my inspirations change several times during the day, the word eclectic fit my needs. In the beginning, I did get some questions about what eclectic means, so for any one in doubt, here is a partial definition from dictionary.com:
It fit me. I wanted to blog about writing because the publishing industry recommends that all writers have an online presence. Blogging is a great way to do that. But, I'm a professional trainer. There are so many topics that arise daily from standing in front of a room full of adults in order to help them develop their work skills or learn how to improve their careers. Then of course, there's my family. A lot to build on there. Plus, there are GIRAFFES! I can't write without throwing in a giraffe now and then. Wait until my fantasy novel gets published. You'll see! And, because it is so important to me, my faith crept in at times when I found something very moving.
The thing is, most blogging advise claims bloggers should have a single focus. So, I started a separate blog for my faith-based posts: The Workbench of Faith, and I attempted to focus An Eclectic Muse primarily on writing...reluctantly, I might add.
What have I come to understand? When I write about training experiences, public speaking, my family, crazy things that sometimes happen, I'm writing about the human experience. As writers we write about the human experience. We take the everyday and find ways to put it into our writing.
As I move forward with this blog, I will return to my original eclectic posts. I'll let my muse guide me. Sometimes, I might point out the direct applications to other writers, but the fact is writing is about expanding our world. That means anything I write about can serve as a muse to writers, as a tip to trainers, as a chuckle for your day, or a chance to release some inner voice that won't leave me alone on that particular day.
I hope many of my readers will be glad to see me move back to my original style and stay with me on this journey.
PS Because The Workbench of Faith blog covers a special area that I feel should be explored in a different environment, I will continue to write my faith-based posts there. Please check it out and subscribe to it if you like what you read. And if you would like to know about me and my career, you can visit my website: Eversworks.
For those of you looking for my post on National Buy A Book Day, scroll down below this post (after you read it). In this post, I'm responding to the first challenge in the Platform Building Campaign. Here are the guidelines followed by my story: Write a short story/ flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count) Absence The door swung open, creaking on unused hinges. Rachel leaned forward and studied the man slumped in the chair across the room. “Sam?” Her voice croaked. She swallowed and tried again, a little louder. “Sam?” The balding, elderly man jerked awake, snorting. She giggled at the memory of the sound. H
In my last post, Character Development: the Johari Window , I introduced the Johari Window as a tool for developing your characters. It's important that your character not know everything about their situation. These unknowns can lead to an intriguing story and create possibilities for conflict within the story. How do you use the Johari Window? In this post, I thought I'd provide a simple example of the Johari Window with a character most people know: Harry Potter. Below, I have filled out the Johari Window as it might appear within the first few pages of book 1, Harry Potter and The Sorceror's Stone . The Johari Window based on Harry Potter and The Sorceror's Stone Three of the quadrants in this window reveal what Harry doesn't know about who he truly is and what happened to his parents. I could add a lot to the quadrants representing what he doesn't know, but I hope this gives you an idea on how a Johari Window might be used. What do you d
Last week’s post celebrated several conflicting interpretations of a flash fiction piece I wrote. Unfortunately, we rarely experience miscommunication issues with joy. When I speak, I want synchronicity of understanding with my audience. Is that hard to achieve? Yep! An incorrect interpretation creates a miasma that fills in the lacuna in our words. Did you understand that sentence? You might try to interpret what I meant through context, or maybe your mouth oscitated in shock, while you thought, “Barbara's talking about communication issues, and she tosses difficult words in the mix?” A simpler version of my sentence above might be: An incorrect interpretation creates a stinky mess that fills in the gaps in our words. (FYI, oscitated means gaped .) Simpler words increase the chance you’ll mirror my meaning, but they don’t guarantee it. We bring our own experiences to the conversation, throwing everything off because the significance of a word for me is different