Personality Insights from Your Writing

This was such an interesting test. I don’t agree (or like) everything it had to say about me from my writing. But, the sample I chose was about art, so that may have biased the results. I’m going to try it with a couple of other articles I’ve written. Maybe some from years ago even just to see what kind of results I get overall.

You are unpretentious, boisterous and explosive.

You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are unconcerned with art: you are less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most people who participated in our surveys. And you are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life.

Your choices are driven by a desire for well-being.

You are relatively unconcerned with achieving success: you make decisions with little regard for how they show off your talents. You consider tradition to guide a large part of what you do: you highly respect the groups you belong to and follow their guidance.

Source: Personality Insights

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Obsolete and Forgotten – Technology Changes Lifestyle

So much technology is becoming obsolete right now. Our current time mirrors the Industrial Age for changes to mechanics, industry and our daily lifestyle.

I wonder how much we take for granted from the lifestyle of people before the Industrial Age. We imagine them like ourselves. But, think of the simple changes in our own life from cell phones. Wrist watches, pay phones, cameras and other gadgets and tools we relied on are now seldom used and, in the case of pay phones, rarely seen. This changes how we live, how we communicate too.

How different, therefore, would it have been for people living in earlier times? Their lives would have been different in ways we can’t imagine. We don’t have the experience to know the mannerisms, idiosyncrasies, the words and phrases they would have used for what was common then – forgotten now.

So many little things like the how a watch fob was used, the proper use and handling of a parasol, how to write with a quill and ink pot… we don’t really know (except in theory or descriptions from old records still existing). Even the old information only covers the resources and knowledge of that individual writer. We can’t assume they were all experts and, how much did they leave out, assuming their readers already knew?

We can’t bring the unknown from the past into our writing. But, we can wonder about it and wonder about our own future and what will be obsolete and forgotten then.

Project Semicolon

A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.

Project Semicolon is a faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who struggle with depression, self-injury, and suicide.

Project Semicolon founder, Amy Bleuel lost her father to suicide.

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Source: Project Semicolon – Project Semicolon | projectsemicolon.com

JustWriteIt 30-Day Writing Challenge

Work with whatever gets your keyboard tapping. This one is for Harlequin. Does it help to have a tight deadline, an end goal closing in?
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We’ve got something special for this month’s Just Write It challenge. For the month of July, we’ll be partnering with Harlequin in support of their So You Think You Can Write contest. This annual writing contest from one of the world’s leading publishers comes with a huge prize: the chance to get your story published with Harlequin!

Source: JustWriteIt 30-Day Writing Challenge – Wattpad

#ModificationMonday 

#Modification Monday

What could you give up, stop doing or quit today that would give you a break and more time to work on things which really do give you something back? Too often I get obsessed with details and don’t start the big things which I really want to be doing, and would really make a difference. I feel great when I get something big accomplished but I too easily get sidetracked with little things along the way.

So along came the idea for Modification Monday. Today I’m going to try to throw out one of the small things I’ve been focusing on. There are so many… and it’s not easy to let them go.

Writing in Spite of it All

Since the dawn of the ebook I have bought several of them, had a lot given to me for free but I’ve yet to actually read any one of them all the way through. My brother got me an ereader for Christmas (2013) but even with that I have not gotten into an ebook.

Maybe I’m just old fashioned, or just old. I like a book I can take with me everywhere, one that doesn’t need a battery to be read and can take being bashed around in my purse, under the groceries I’m carrying home in the shopping bag and so on. I think technology is going to have another big shift soon. People are going to realize they are paying for a cell phone they don’t need because texting is really just a more expensive way to send an email. This will change publishing again. I’m not sure how but I don’t think books and writing will ever be lost to us, in whatever format.

As far as having to promote and sell your own books. I don’t think this is all bad. As a web publisher I’m DIY, other than using WordPress and paying a web host, those standard things, I don’t have help. I often wish I did. But, I don’t make enough to pay anyone a living wage.

Publishing is like a doughnut. There is all the icing and cake stuff around the edges – everyone makes it seem so simple and even glamorous. But when you get into it you are alone in the doughnut hole. It’s not easy being DIY. I’ve proved that to myself endlessly. I’m not successful and I won’t be making any trips to Paris (unless I write it for myself).I got burned out two years ago and I’m on the upside of self recovery.

I can’t not write and I can’t stop feeling I have a persistent need to teach the world. So, I keep on publishing, the web is good for that. I can almost afford to keep writing while paying the bills with a real job.

Everyone has their own unhappiness, I’ve picked mine. Not everyone can say that.

via Love and Noir in the Time of Ebooks « ASCII by Jason Scott.

Some Motivation Required

What motivates you to write? Some would say the need for money. But, you could do something else and make more money, likely easier too. Money is a motivator, sure. But, what keeps you from giving up? What gets you typing on your keyboard (or picking up a pen) even on days you could be doing something else, like procrastinating?

Knowing your motivation makes it a lot easier to find on the days you need it.
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The shark is my favourite. All the designs were sold out when I found the site. But, they are likely to have more when sales are going well.

A 5-Step Plan to Become Seriously Influential Online

This post about building authority online is good for beginning bloggers but also those who have burnt out and want to try again. Do try again. Don’t expect instant success.

Step 1: Narrow your focus.

Step 2: Stop reading just blog posts.

Step 3: Write authoritative articles.

  • Answer specific questions.
  • Quote other authorities in your industry.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a contrarian view.
  • Use stats and detailed case studies to add substance.
  • Repeat your ideas.

Step 4: Build an Audience.

Step 5: Build a Fan Club.

Real authorities solve their audience’s problems. Consistently. Repeatedly.

That’s why people listen to them. And spread their ideas.

via –No Authority Yet? Here’s a 5-Step Plan to Become Seriously Influential Online – Enchanting Marketing.

If you start with the first three steps you’re on the right track. Work on building an audience and fans once you have a body of work to present to them. It’s not true that once you build it they will come. You do have to reach out there and let people know you are there. Too much information overload with repetitive and sub-standard content has created a lot of stuff no one wants to read. So, you do need to shine your own light to help people find you and show them you actually have something worth the visit to your site.

Narrowing your focus or deciding on a niche is not as easy as it seems. I have so much I want to find out more about and then so much to share once I do get information and resources. I end up being all over the place when it comes to my niche and focus. There is also the problem of spreading yourself too thin and burning out. So, getting and keeping a focus early on is good for your site, your authority and yourself. It gives you authority and keeps it all sustainable.

Reading just blog posts for our information and sources for interviews does limit us. Don’t forget there is a lot you can do offline, contact local people directly, read books from before the Internet and find information which hasn’t made it out of print books yet. Build a history of information with various sources – that is the area to grow and evolve and find contacts in which will also give you knowledge to share.

Writing articles we tend to fall into standard post formats and get comfortable there. Evolve with post style to have variety in your niche. Read about other post formats and when you read other blogs look at what they do and think about your own reactions to it. What kind of posts work best for you as a reader in your niche? Use this research about post style when you write your own blog.

Discover Your Personality Type & Write Better

The INFP Writing Personality: Elegant Persuasion

INFPs have a natural aptitude for writing. In exploring this solitary pursuit, you can communicate your deeply held values and experiment with elegant, inventive uses of language. INFPs write best when their imagination is unfettered.

Writing Process of the INFP

INFP Writers:

Work best in a quiet environment where they won’t be interrupted. They like autonomy so they can perfect their writing according to their own high standards.

Prefer writing about personal topics. You may lose your creative drive if the subject isn’t meaningful to you. If so, try taking an angle that allows you to write about your feelings on the topic. Look for ways to connect with readers by anticipating and meeting their needs.

Have a keen insight into the nature of things. Their prose often conveys startling images of mood or atmosphere rather than objects. They enjoy complexity and can patiently unravel dense material. They are able to see many sides of an argument and so may have difficulty reaching a conclusion. During the writing process, they may often pause to consider alternatives or to seek connections between seemingly disparate things.

Potential Blind Spots of the INFP

INFPs may:

Strive for elegance in language and may want to polish the work too soon. INFPs tend to write long, meandering first drafts, so you’ll likely need to synthesize and cut material later. Save the search for that perfect metaphor until the revision stage.

Write in purely abstract terms. INFPs communicate their values and personal vision through their writing. They search for the meaning behind the facts, and so may consider the facts themselves to be of marginal importance. This is not true, however, for most of your readers. During revision, add concrete details. Appeal to the five senses. Include statistics. Incorporate other points of view for balance. Make sure your research backs up your conclusions.

Tend to be sensitive to criticism. Nevertheless, consider showing your work to a trusted friend or colleague before you begin the final draft. This feedback may be especially helpful in focusing your work and ensuring that it includes enough facts to sway your audience to your position.

via Discover Your Personality Type & Write Better Content For Your Website.

If you’ve read this site awhile do you think this describes the way I write?

I do. However, there is the danger of perception. Reading horoscopes/ predictions should be a communications science.

Use caution when reading predictions and forecasts. I think you need to read them as a skeptic not a full believer, especially when you want to believe what you read.

Pay with a Poem

What is a poem worth? As authors around the world despair of making a living, a company based in Vienna has finally come up with a definitive answer: one cup of coffee.

Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company founded in 1862, is marking Unesco’s World Poetry Day with a promotion in 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants across 23 countries mostly in continental Europe but including the UK, the US and Australia, offering a dose of caffeine to any customer who hands over one of their own poems.

via Pay with a poem: cafes around the world to exchange coffee for poetry | Books | The Guardian.

World Poetry Day is today (March 21st).