Archive for the ‘Capture Your Reader’s Attention’ Category


3 Writing Tips ~ Having Fun With Fire

What do you see in the flames?

When I drove home tonight, I spotted flames shooting into the sky in a grass field by our local university. Out of curiosity, I went over to investigate a unusually large bonfire with students gathered around it. Turns out they had created it for an event.2014-09-30 20.01.38

As I stood there, the variety of shapes the flames created intrigued me so I snapped these photos. Each time I took a photo, the shapes changed. 

My imagination took over. I see faces, men. women and maybe angels in the flames.2014-09-30 19.58.23

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The World Needs to Hear Your Voice

“Save the whales! The whales are in trouble!”

I strolled along the beach in Oak Island, N.C. on my vacation and spotted a large circle with writing in the sand plus a large drawing of a whale. The sand message intrigued me so I stopped to read what she wrote about the whales.

A young girl (11 years old) came up beside me. I introduced myself and found out her name is Callie. I asked Callie about her writing and drawing. She explained the plight of the whales.

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How to Write: Have Fun Creating Word Pictures

Do you enjoy word pictures? Does it stimulate your creativity to create them with your writing?

I love to read good word pictures and I enjoy crafting them. Here’s one I created the other day. I had fun with it so I thought I’d share it with you and see if it would inspire you to create your own.

My sister and I sat in the lovely outdoor setting of the Carlsbad Inn in southern California gazing at the flowers and enjoying lively music from the sixties.

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How to Write–3 Tips to Make Your Writing Magnetic

When you write, are you enthusiastic about what you share? Do you use word pictures to describe things in an appealing way to your readers? Do you know how to write in a way that engages your reader and enthralls them with your writing?

Last spring, a friend called me, “I have to go to a meeting at this lovely resort, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, on top of Petit Jean mountain. The drive is scenic and it seemed like something you’d enjoy. I have an extra bed in the room, and wondered if you would like to go along?”

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7 Writing Tips From A Famous Author–Charles Dickens

How would you like to be remembered as a writer?

Could you and your writings be honored in a public way like Charles Dickens?

In Britain, Prince Charles led a global celebration to celebrate Dickens’ 200 hundredth birthday. Read-a-thons were held all over the world to commemorate his writings. Even the internet took note. On the Google search engine, a Google doodle of characters from his novels greeted internet surfers.

What can you learn from Dickens that will improve your writing? What are you writing today that can impact your world  in a positive way through your stories, articles or blog posts?

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How to Write: Write and Bring Money to Your Bucket

People will give you money

What if a unique expression of your creativity in your writing could result in people handing you money with a smile on their face?

I enjoyed an extended visit with my sister who lives in San Diego last summer. One night I took a walk for exercise. As I walked down the streets of San Diego, I happened to wander into the Gas Lamp district where there are alot of restaurants and partying going on. It is a historic district and entertainment center. People crowded the sidewalks as the energy and excitement lured them. Since I’m not from around this area I got a little lost and ended up in front of an Irish Pub. There a large black man caught my eye.

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How to Write: What Can Elephant Caregivers Teach You About Creative Writing?

“I really want to go to the Wild Animal Park right now. They have a lot of baby elephants and I want to photograph them before they get bigger. Then I will be able to draw them from my pictures,” my artist sister’s eyes danced and her voice filled with excitement in anticipation of gaining a treasured photo opportunity. So we packed a lunch and headed off for an adventurous day in the Wild Animal Park in San Diego. We timed our arrival at 11:30 a.m. when they let the elephants out to feed them.

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How to Write: Grab Your Reader’s Attention and Don’t Let Them Go!

Are you able to grab your reader’s attention and not let them go?

I don’t normally watch much TV but my friend likes to watch cooking shows. One evening, when, “Next Food Network Star,” was on, I plopped down on the couch to watch it with her. I intended to only take a break for a few minutes and then go back to work on my computer.

However, the cooking of the exotic dishes intrigued me and it turned out to be a competition. At each commercial break they left you with a question you wanted to know the answer to so I stayed right there to find out the answer. Before you knew it, I had watched the majority of the hour long show.

After 45 minutes, I glanced at the clock, “Oh no, they’ve got me so intrigued in this show. I’ve got other things to do but I can’t leave until I see who wins!” Reluctantly, I stayed until the end to see who they eliminated from the competition.

They hooked me!

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