Support Yourself as an Authority

It is all too easy to doubt yourself. Just wait a few seconds and the doubts will begin seeping in. One terrible thing we do to ourselves is comparing to others. This nitpicking at ourselves undermines our abilities and confidence. Give yourself some credit and… stop demanding perfection of yourself.

It is OK to make a mistake –  you can change mistakes into positives.

Let yourself have an addendum if you find out something more. Write a follow up if you change your mind.

Don’t think you must have everything right every time. Let yourself learn and share that with people. I’d trust an authority still learning over one who is unbending and thinks they already know it all. No one knows it all.

Share what you discover and learn. How did you find out about it? What was your experience trying out the new idea or method? Be human and share what you know, what you discover and even the stuff that doesn’t work out at all.

Your mistakes are genuine proof that you are involved and care about your topic (whatever you are an authority for).

Never Doubt Yourself

Do not doubt yourself as an author. Be firm and resolute in your writing.

Never say “IMO” or “in my opinion.” Your reader already knows it’s your opinion. Speaking that way screams uncertainty, and casts doubt on the content you’re presenting.

YOU are the expert. Don’t forget.

Read Industry Stuff Often.

Read a lot of blogs and websites in your industry on a regular basis to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on.

This keeps you informed and on top of trends. You’ll be able to write from a solid frame of reference and won’t appear detached.

Source: 10 Writing Tips for More Engaging Content

Toys Travelling Around the World

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Over the years I’ve seen a few of these objects being sent around the world and photographed’ projects. Rubber ducks, stuffed toys, even a bra have been among the objects. Is there a name for this? Seems there should be by now.

Can you come up with something creative and uniquely you to send around the world on a journey like this?

Source: Give Your Stuffed Toy a Break and Make It Travel Around Japan With Unagi Travel | When On Earth – For People Who Love Travel

Writer from Another Planet

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What would you write to a writer from another planet? Assume they can translate our language; they still won’t know our culture.
typebugI’d write to them about typewriters. The history of how typewriters were invented, how they were used (for business, letter writing and typewriter art too). I’d show how typewriters evolved into word processing with computers. I’d write about the old vintage typewriters becoming obsolete and forgotten.

I’d like writers from another planet to know about the technology of writing and how it changes our style of writing.

The way we were able to publish, improved from the days when books were hand written and drawn. Also, the loss of illustrations and other old fashioned techniques from the days of hand written books created with older techniques of bookbinding.

I think it would be important for writers from another planet to see our history of how we write and how it changed. I’d want them to see the value in our printed words, beyond the words themselves.

Art source: Toonpool

Get Inspired by an Urban Legend

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Doesn’t this image make you wonder what this is? What is the story behind it? Where did it come from? Who drew it? Does it have a name you can pronounce?

You can find out the facts (as known) from the link below or… create your own story for this bird, turtle, frog… creature.

Source: Urban Legends From All Around The World | Collex.io

Medieval Science Fiction

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We look at Medieval science as barbaric and backwards. We think of their culture as unwashed and religious based. They believed the Earth was flat. But they thought they were just as advanced and right as we see ourselves.

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Every present science looks good to those living in that time period. Medieval scientists would have had many of the same thoughts as current scientists, but filtered through their culture, knowledge, beliefs, and science.

If you were writing Medieval science fiction what would it be like? How would you combine the Middle Ages into a story about cloning, for instance?

How would you write Medieval science fiction?

io9: Science Fiction That Gets Medieval on Your Ass