Writer: the Internet Typewriter
Different things motivate writers.
Many writers I know feel inspired that bit extra when it rains. Others get drunk. For reasons (not beyond exploring) I still like using vintage pen and paper; it slows down my train of thought to a more legible pace. As a guilty pleasure I go retro and use a typewriter which has a similar impact with a little more pace.
Once you have rearranged your writing space furniture, scheduled your writing tasks and promised yourself to write more this year than ever before, all you’re left with is procrastination or activation. This year I’ve happened upon an app that really tickles my fancy. It isn’t a new app, so you may already be familiar with it, it’s been around since 2007.
This application is, Writer: the Internet Typewriter. Quick, simple and straightforward, it gets the job done while creating an old-fashioned writing environment. Even if you’re not a writer, if you want to experience what it feels like to type like
we they used to, give it a whirl just for fun.
The basic version comes free without annoying advertising. You can choose your own font, line spacing and colours. It can run from your desktop and you can save, download, print or PDF your work. If you use WordPress, you can export text files directly. It provides both word and character count as you type, you can even set yourself a deadline or a word count goal. Best of all, you can select a sound – yes – there is a choice between electric and manual typewriter sounds. The feeling of typing old-school is probably what floats my boat the most!
Big hat tip to John Watson and writer.bighugelabs.com for developing this one. My comments are unsolicited and without reward, but I admit I’m loving Writer so much I probably will go for the upgrade! This app is the coolest thing since Writeroom; the app that inspired it. For now, I thought it was worth sharing with fellow writers looking for something different in 2014.
Words words words! 2013 like every other year was full of keywords and buzzwords.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary Online and neatly graphed into pretty graphics by Offer Pop – these are the HOTTEST of the HOT words! But be warned; just because you’re hot, doesn’t mean you’re still popular…
The Hottest Words of 2013
This has been long debated and I’ve been pulled-up on it by several readers. The fact is that there is still division on the subject; some dictionaries and certain publishers still choose “Web site”. There are also differences occurring between UK, US and Australian English.
After doing some research, here is the overall consensus I reached. These are 10 widely recognised and reputable sources, with their chosen use:
(is the default for both UK and US English)
Google – website
Wikipedia – recognises and cites all forms: website, Web site and web site
WordPress spell check – website
Folks, I think we have a winner!
Once you have targeted the market specific to your business, you want to start feeding them with content. You may decide to blog, link articles, post photographs or share content from specific sources – or use a combination of these.
Good strategy! So now you have to learn to speak their language, while at the same time putting forward what you want them to know.
This can take time to perfect. Sometimes you are getting them to read something they didn’t set out to read, sometimes you are persuading them to change their mind, sometimes you are simply entertaining them. No matter what, you want your content to get read and be enjoyed. You also want your audience engaged and returning for more.
The parent-crowd won’t want X-rated content, but the tradies crowd might..? The weddings and babies crowd probably won’t be interested in retirement homes. The outdoors and adventure types may not be engaged by articles related to gaming and junk-food. You get the picture…
In the same way that keywords will help deliver traffic to your website, you can keyword search the interests of your readers for ideas and content relevant to them, as well as inspiration for the best content you can deliver which is ORIGINAL CONTENT!
Last year I was enjoying a coffee in Byron Bay, NSW Australia. It is a beautiful part of the world known for attracting surfers and backpackers, and has a diverse and vibrant cultural arts and environment-conscious community. All the current newspapers were being read by other patrons, but as I picked through the scrappy old selection that was left, I found a cover-less publication that contained this gem. The article itself contained serious nutritional and health information, but it was the image that got you in. In my opinion it is an excellent example of well crafted content, specifically targeted in an entertaining way.
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Map out the topics you want to cover and keep track of when you cover them in posts. This eliminates repetition and gives you a subject to think about ahead of time.
Remember to always address the ‘why’ of your blog posts. Why are you writing about your chosen topic? Why is it interesting? Why will readers want to pay attention? Address this and you are addressing your readers directly and giving new readers a clear outline of what they can expect.
Plan your blogging schedule; a calendar with your wish list. This will give consistency to your blog patterns.
Write to Deadline
You have your wish list and your calendar, now set yourself a deadline for completion to keep on track.
Wait until you finish writing before fussing over editing and spelling corrections. Get those ideas down first before you forget them or lose your flow.