Check out this great article about William Zinsser, brilliant editor and writing coach, 90 years old and still helping writers! He says it so well — as a writing coach myself, I wish everyone knew the process could be made so much more easy!
It’s the first thing a reader sees, and the ONLY thing many readers take in, so headlines are pretty critical to your success as a writer. Here are some resources for great headlines for bloggers and journalists. It’s chock full of links to help you improve your headlines.
Here’s the article that spawned this post: The Key to Writing Great Headlines, with details on crafting:
- How-to headlines – “How to Get Rich Writing Cookbooks”
- Lists – “7 Ways to Clean Your Cat”
- Secrets Revealed – “Big Deduction Secret the IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know”
- Fast & Easy – “Quickest Way to Make a Fast Million”
According to advertising godfather David Ogilvy, “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”
Check out our new Prompts & Exercises page, here by public demand, a place for the current monthly exercise for short form writing, and other prompts, exercises, and challenges.
Go check out the new page! And please send me any intriguing writer’s prompts and challenges you come across, by email of comment.
WORD Wednesday is an opportunity to showcase cool words each week and share them, and I’m moving it over here from my Art•Spirit•Nature blog so that more writers will enjoy it. I get most of my new words from a cool site called Wordnik, which has a Word-of-the-Day feature.
I found this word particularly appropriate:
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Government by women.
- n. A society ruled by women.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government by a woman or by women; female power or rule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a political system governed by a woman
from the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
“The explanations that have hitherto been offered to account for the transition from gynecocracy to androcracy have invariably been biased by the ideology of the extant Men’s State.”
“Descent in the female line, not uncommonly found among primitive peoples, undoubtedly tended to place women in a position of great influence; but it by no means necessarily involved any gynecocracy, or rule of women, and such rule is merely a hypothesis which by some enthusiasts has been carried to absurd lengths.”
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One of my favorite tricks (if trick is the right word) that poets do really well is shifting the perspective of an old story we think we know, and showing us something entirely new! Here’s a new way to look at Eve — fierce, powerful, free!
Autobiography of Eve
Wearing nothing but snakeskin
boots, I blazed a footpath, the first
radical road out of that old kingdom
toward a new unknown.
When I came to those great flaming gates
of burning gold,
I stood alone in terror at the threshold
between Paradise and Earth.
There I heard a mysterious echo:
my own voice
singing to me from across the forbidden
side. I shook awake—
at once alive in a blaze of green fire.
Let it be known: I did not fall from grace.
If you’re feeling stuck, or want to expand your writing mind, stretch your writing muscles, why not try retelling one of the ur stories of your particular culture? Take the leap!
Hello Accokeek Women Writers Group,
I received information on this workshop today, and thought I would share it with the group.
Chuck Sambuchino and others will be in DC/Baltimore instructing on writing March 27-28 – more at chesapeakewritingworkshops.com.
Our January party was graced by some amazing guest speakers, which, in addition to the sparkling companionship and delicious food, made for a magical evening. Click on any pic for a slide show effect:
Many thanks to Grace for her hospitality, and everyone in attendance for treats and good conversation. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to our next celebration event!
Hello Accokeek Women Writers Group and Women’s Pages Readers,
I wanted to pass this along as a bit of good news. My two books have been included in our National Women Veterans Speaker’s Bureau’s Women’s History Month special pack. A very interesting idea brought about by the two co-founder women veterans. Here’s the link to the press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/military/womenveterans/prweb12518332.htm
Writers, the folks behind WordPress are launching a free poetry course. I’ve participated in their blogging workshops and they’re great! Free, participatory, as much or as little work as you want to put in, and did I mention, FREE?
Poets of the world, unite!
The idea behind Writing 201: Poetry is to bring together poets of all styles, temperaments, and experience levels in a way that encourages writing, sharing, and discussion.
You get to decide how laid back or challenging you want the course to be.
Each day for the duration of the course (not counting weekends), you’ll receive an assignment, made up of three parts: a word prompt, a poetic form, and a poetic device. You get to choose which of these you want to explore (if any).