A handbag (or manbag) is the ultimate private space. And that makes it juicy territory for story hunting. What’s in your bag right now? What stories does it hold, hide or hint at? Are there secrets lurking at the bottom … along with the bobby pins, scraps of paper and long forgotten flotsam and jetsam? [...] . . . → Read More: Give me your handbag – and I’ll find your story secrets
Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt an ache inside? A feeling that there’s something more you need to do? That you’re destined for something greater? So go do it. Make a mark. Or even … just begin. But sometimes you need a kick-start. Here’s a few for you: What legacy [...] . . . → Read More: We’re born to create. Are you leaving something worthwhile?
Bullet points are essential tools for creating crisp, clear readable text. I could wax lyrical about the art of the bullet, but instead I thought I’d just post a note of thanks. Anything you’d like to add? Feel free to drop your own note to the bullet points, in the comments By the way, if [...] . . . → Read More: Word-work notes: Dear bullet points …
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Jack The Ripper soaked the back alleys of London with blood, while Sherlock Holmes hunted down the depraved and debouched. Yes it’s true that many dark, twisted tales spawned in the repressed and ultra-conservative society of Victorian England. But there are none that compare to the classic horror story, Frankenstein. Penned by a woman, no [...] . . . → Read More: Does your website have good guts or is it Frankenstein?
As a recovering perfectionist I occasionally still hate myself. It’s not a self-harm kind of hatred, but more a smothering loathing. It springs from the well of obsession. Perfection has its place. But for those of us that live with the insatiable drive for mastery, life can have bad days. But, what is perfection? It’s [...] . . . → Read More: Wabi sabi and the secret to your creativity
Which wins the storytelling battle – words or pictures? Sometimes words create a mind-picture so complete that adding an actual image doesn’t make the story any more vivid. While a picture (often in a heartbeat) conveys unspoken subtleties that may otherwise be missed. But can you tell a complete story without words? Well first, [...] . . . → Read More: Friday Mission Impossible: tell a complete story without words
The path to achieving blog mastery is not straight. Similarly, Zen cannot be explained in words. Much of it must be grasped through intuition, practice and then on to awareness. A Zen master inspires his student to do his best to discover a knowledge he already has – in his soul. He isn’t someone who [...] . . . → Read More: The Zen of blogging: 10 ways to simplify your struggle for mastery
I could start with an analogy that paints a picture for you. Or allude to my headline and the raunchy book that topped best sellers list last year. Perhaps I could talk about how we fool ourselves into thinking that we’ve started something. So many choices to think through. But really, that’s not starting. “It’s [...] . . . → Read More: Starting or not: there are no shades of grey
I’m on my soap box again. Great brands are easy to recognise; they’re more than just a logo. “A brand is made up of many elements working together to create a meaningful mark in the minds (and often lives) of people. It’s not one action, image or word. A brand is crafted over time. It’s [...] . . . → Read More: Brands are not just a logo: their essence is a heart, soul and spirit
People leave scars on you. Some are painful, deep and lasting. Others are less so and polish out over time. My fourth grade teacher left one that’s stayed with me, but thankfully did no lasting damage. Yes, she commented on my writing. Mrs Williamson (AKA the she-devil-of-the-time), took a dislike to my writing. Her vitriol [...] . . . → Read More: 4 little known people who affect your writing
Ever looked out and thought: I don’t know what’s out there I can’t see what’s out there I’m scared of what may [or may not] be out there … Yup, me too. Quite often. I grew up in a two-storey house in the country. There was a long, winding staircase (under which my sister and [...] . . . → Read More: Working out past the edges of your map
It’s rare that your breath’s taken away these days. Very rare indeed. You harden up fast. Few things crack the shell. But not last week. For two spellbinding minutes I was breathless. Captivated and touched. By words written, narrated and pictorialised, to almost perfection. They told the story of the farmer, to the farmer in [...] . . . → Read More: Spellbinding words written to the farmer in us all
Yesterday was a day of firsts. It was my daughter’s first day at High School. It was my first day back blogging, after an extended summer break (read social media diet/fast). It was my dog’s first haircut of the year. For all three of us there was fear and discomfort, but waiting at the end [...] . . . → Read More: First times mean noticing, naming and opening doors
Another oddity of the English language is that although inverted commas means upside down commas, if you look closely there is only one (the first) that is in an inverted position. Typically, the usage of quotation marks differs between the British English and American English rulebooks. And as quote marks appear in many places their [...] . . . → Read More: Editing clips: Inverted commas