I have been busy at the moment doing a complete overhaul of my photography and content production business website Double Foot Productions. Currently, I work a lot writing for various blogs as well as managing content for other websites which is a lot of fun. I can still remember going through University when email was still a pretty cool innovation as far as the internet was concerned (makes me feel old!) learning about traditional media.
I have been busy adding to my revamped blog KJ Takes a Blog which now concentrates on writing for an online audience. I work full time as a freelancer producing content for small and large businesses – I won’t go into name dropping – and the needs of businesses and individuals vary greatly. For this reason have been trying to give some very broad advice, some applicable for businesses writing for themselves, and others for people just looking to get into blogging.
As I have mentioned in previous posts I have been working on a new novel that is slowly starting to take shape. It is, for me at least, a very different prospect than writing a poetry series. Not because of the length mind you, but because of the fun you can have with character development, settings and the overall course of the storyline.
I have been nutting out the characters at the moment in what I want to be a ‘natural selection’ process. I don’t want to fall into the trap of introducing lots of characters only having to kill them off later or have them drop off the map so to speak. Instead I am writing a few character based chapters introducing the different aspects of the story and I know that the strongest characters will win out.
I have been working with my other site Refuge Island for some time now and never really got it just the way I wanted it. So instead of it being a creative writing site, then a news site and then something else, I have decided to make it a more personal blog about my own faith and beliefs as a Christian. It is something that I have wanted to work on for a while as I find it is helpful to put down some thoughts about faith and belief in the written form to explore them in a more complete fashion.
Well, 2013 is upon us already and as a writer my main resolutions usually have to do with producing more writing. the good news for me is that if anything my writing volume has increased dramatically in the past year to the point where I need to prioritise. My only regret for the past year is that I never had the chance to finish the Sunrise poetry series, but who cares when my novel Head for the Hills is now under way.
So for 2013 it is all about research, writing, editing and researching again for a book that I am having a lot of fun with. I have been distracted lately with my research into prophecy and the wide variety material that is out there. While I haven’t revealed how prophecy will come into the storyline of my fictional book, I can say that I hope for this to be a more realistic apocalyptic book.
In a previous post I mentioned I was starting a new novel to have a bit of a break from poetry and it has been going really well. I have started with a bit of planning which as involved settings and thinking a bit about the characters and their situations.
I am trying now for some organic style writing so that it doesn’t become over planned. In the end I would prefer to know my characters well and then ‘drop’ them into certain situations. This of course requires a bit of empathy and some forethought as to what will happen to them at a later date.
Strange that I would take a break from writing to do some more writing but I don’t get to ‘speak’ to everyone on Twitter and Facebook as often as i should like. But I do have some great news as I am starting on a new novel which should be a lot of fun to write. Because I am writing so much these days I should be over to knock it over pretty quickly, or maybe not.
OK, so to bring some hype for it straight away it will be called:
Run for the Hills (Working Title)
Many years back I had stopped writing altogether and abandoned what has been a life long dream: simply to write. I had met too many people who said ‘I want to be a writer’ simply because they think of it as a cool lifestyle. Even worse were those that told you ‘oh, I am a writer’ meaning little more than they are literate and know how to write a few sentences. Far from being a literary snob, I only rarely call myself a writer even though these past few years it has become a key part of my profession.
If you follow the search engine giant Google’s algorithm updates you would know that there have been two massive changes this year in the form of the Panda Update and the penguin Update. While these both sound awfully cute these two lovely animals have had the cockroaches of the internet world scurrying. Why is this?
Many blog writers rely on stale ‘top ten’ articles to draw in readers, writing out a few words and filling out the rest of the article with a list of their top choices. While this seems like a good idea to gain readership you will find that many top ten articles are quite padded out with items. You will perhaps get an immediate response to writing top ten articles but if you are relying on only these types of articles you will find your writing will start to make your site or blog very repetitive.