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THe Art of Viking Poetry-Kennings and How to

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2018 in Focus, inspiration

 

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Pinning to increase blog traffic and more

A great free way to ‘advertise’ your blog is Pinning. Pin your posts to a board in your account, besides of course whatever your interests. This way after your post if you have a board on the topic you covered you can also lead them there.

Always Include a link to your Pinterest account or a specific board to your posts. (as well as other social media)

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Posted by on July 25, 2018 in blogging, Focus, Help

 

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Jokes and speeches

Sadly I was missing for about a month (but it could be more and I’m sorry. The past month my computer died so I had to wait for my laptop to  come in and am currently trying to get caught up on posts that are works in progress, editing as well as scheduling for the next year (and that’s not just for this blog. I have a few others) So I do hope at least once if not twice a month I will be able to get a post out in the new year. With that and an early Happy Holidays and New year wish out of the way…

It’s that time of year where we toast and make speeches

so I thought now would be a good time to publish this post.

They say when you give a speech start it with a joke or have one in it. This loosens up you and  audience.  No one likes to listen to speeches, so you need a way to keep your audience from being bored and falling asleep (same thing with presentations at meetings)

You need to keep things entertaining.. Whatever your audience, and subject have visual information, some facts, stats and a video to show, include a joke or 2 but  don’t just drone on about your topic.

Think of it this way: if your worst enemy or the most boring person you know complete with that monotone speaking voice is giving some speech/presentation,  there is NO WAY you are interested.

Now think what if  you are that boring person, or have to give a speech or presentation in front of your enemy?

What if all you do is use facts and stats? That gets monotonous even without that tone of voice. People start to doodle, check the time and so on,  it can even give one a headache.

I prefer not just hearing the speech, I would like some pamphlet or packet of some sort so I can look at the stats and other information besides listening to you, as well as seeing a few visuals and other various ways of telling information. Remember one’s mind tends to wander if you are not interested even if you have the most entertaining manner, speech and presentation.

You need to keep your audience hooked. i know these won’t work with everything and they are likely dry humor but that’s another thing, you need to change your tone through out your speech, make a sarcastic remark to something you don’t agree your voice needs to rise and fall and most of all you need to be passionate, that is the best way to keep one’s attention.

Think of it this way… Martin Luther King’s Speech  and if you’ve seen Pacific Rim (yeah the first one) that inspiring speech Idris Elba’s character gives toward the end… gave me chills. That’s a way to light a fire under someone’s ass!

Here I have come across some Victorian Jokes (and yes the bit in the sidebar is from here)

Click here for more jokes and press F5 to change the joke

Also it’s best to keep what you are doing under a certain time limit. No one likes a big long winded speech or hour long presentation. Sometimes yes it does need to be longer but best to keep shorter to answer questions as well if anyone has any!

If you are expected to do a pitch for a half hour… try to keep it to 15 minutes, let them know there should be time for Questions after.

 

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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Exercises, Focus, Humor, Writing

 

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Essay proofreading checklist

Pintrest  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645278237249http://blog.writeathome.com/index.php/2013/04/proofreading-checklist-for-the-basic-essay/

Proofreading Checklist for Formal Essays.

 

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How to build a content calendar

I don’t really use a content calendar unless you want to count just making a note of what I am publishing on what day in my daily planner.

Also being as I have more than one blog, I think it might be a bit hard to do that. There’s 2 blogs I try to be sure I post something at least once a week (like this one on Writing Wednesdays, as well as something on my beauty blog. My Craft blog I post when I have finished a project, or when I find something I think my readers will be interested in (or I want to try at some point).

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also don’t forget to checkout my Pintrest boards @KymoDragon  (the link is on my about page)

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in blogging, Exercises, Focus, Writing

 

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NaNoWriMo- or How to write a book in 30 days

 

Yet again another year goes by that though I want to, I don’t get to participate in NaNoWriMo; (Halloween usually gets me behind in things so, maybe by now I should forget about participating…) not to mention forget about posting about it BEFORE November as November is NOVEl writing month.  I have a couple of stories I started but got off track for a variety of reasons one of which was because I wanted to edit a page and that took a while to figure out how I wanted to fix it. So whatever it is you might want to fix in your story edit wise (and that wasn’t even spelling etc) DON’T~ Just write down notes of your ideas/story change THEN when you are fully done with the first draft you can place it in the ‘write’ spot.  Maybe even use a post-it and some sort of system for page number & paragraph it should be then include the post-it on that page that has yet to be edited.

Anyway one of the Twitter feeds sometimes gives you prompts to help your writing along in case you have writer’s block!

May I recommend  to use and

NanoWriMo Official Site       Following them on Twitter  NaNoWriMo    &    https://twitter.com/NaNoWordSprints   *  More on the Sprints

 

Here is a post I found that will help you with some tips.

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and how to ‘DOMINATE” NaNoWriMo

 

 

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Plot Structure

Plot & Structure Infographic by Michael Hague #writing #amwriting

 

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