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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Titles: An Alternative

Have a question? Agree, disagree,
with me? Leave me your opinion.

"I'm still not sure how to
title my work." You said.

Let's look at an alternative
method of picking a title.

Slowly read through your
work. Write down the
words that are mentioned
frequently.

Make lists. Select the words
that are attention grabbing,
and creative.

Search engines like Google,
Yahoo, and MSN sift through
their databases looking for
pages that satisfy the words
submitted to them.

Key-words make excellent
titles.

Key-words are typed in a
search engine when someone
is looking for something.

"How to figure out what key-
words to use?" You pondered.

Determine what words best
describe your work. Or, what
words will people type in a
search engine. Think of anything,
everything, people would type in
the search engine about your topic.

Prepare a list of key-words that
pertain to your article.

The best words describing your
work is selected as a title. Also,
the words in the title are sprinkled
throughout the piece.

Take a look at the excerpt.

Critique and Write: How?


Read through your story, essay,
article, poem, or draft. Do it once.
Put your work aside.

You need a mental break from
your work. Talk to friends. Start
a new project, treat yourself, or
join a writer's forum.

On day two, read it out-loud. You're
checking for mis-statements, typos,
omissions, syntax errors, grammatical
slip-ups, and weak writing. Is the
correct phrases situated in your
writing? Take notice of run-on
sentences.

Reading out-loud allows you to hear
errors.

Subjects and verbs match?

Have you done this?

It just happen, and I didn't get
a chance to respond.

Correction

It just happened, and I didn't
get a chance to respond.

Use plenty of strong verbs.
Adjectives are used, but not
often.

Was the wrong word typed?

You meant to type here, but
hear was written. Or, pair was
intended, and pear graced your
page.

Glide through the editing process
slowly. Go through your work as
many times as needed.

The bigger the writing project, the
more times it needs critiquing.

Remember, easy to read text
appeals to a wider audience.

Write as if you're talking to an
acquaintance, friend, in non-fiction.
Provide easy to understand wording,
and be direct.

When non-fiction is read, questions
comes to mind. So, look for
possible questions as you critique.
Anticipate questions, and answer
them.

During the critiquing process, answer
questions from the reader's point-of-
view.

Or, answer commonly asked questions
about your work.

What would you ask? Is a point
confusing? Clear-up jumbled
information.

In fiction, grab, hold, the reader's
attention. Often, readers escape
into the story world, because it's
written well. Many times, people
identify with a character, dislike,
a character's best friend, know a
person similar to the villain, and/or
something in the story makes him/her
angry, happy.

The critiquing process is more
challenging than the writing. Still,
it's part of the writer's job.

It's, certainly, my least favorite
task.

Follow these easy, but effective,
steps to critiquing your work.

Source: http://www.printcasting.com/content/critique-and-write-how

What key-words would
you pick?

Possible key-words are:
how to critique, edit, write
better, step by step critique,
critique fast.

What did you come-up with?

Note: There's a tool to help with
checking for key-words. It's called
Google Adwords Keyword Tool:
https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal.
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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.


She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.


She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.


Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.


Meet Marcella Glenn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marcellaglenn.



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