The Rule of Three in Writing

by @AnnieDaylon

The Rule of Three in WritingHave you noticed the prevalence of threes in writing?

I was reminded of it last week during a beginning course in photography when the instructor explained the rule of thirds in the composition of a picture. Instantly, I thought of creating a blog post about the rule of three in writing (defined by Wikipedia as a principle that suggests that threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying or more effective than other numbers of things.)

When a smattering of research on my part revealed an abundance of readily-available info, I chose to share rather than reinvent. What follows are posts (three, of course) related to the rule of three in the writing of speeches, blogs, and stories.

 

1. How to Use the “Rule of Three” to Create Engaging Content by Brian Clark
“…Think in terms of three when crafting your content, and you’ll likely end up with a more engaging outcome. If at first you don’t succeed, remember—the third time’s the charm…” Read More

2. How to Use the Rule of Three in Your Speeches by Andrew Dlugan 
“The rule of three is powerful speech-writing technique that you should learn, practice, and master.
Using the Rule of Three allows you to express concepts more completely, emphasize your points, and increase the memorability of your message.
That’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.What is the rule of three? What are some famous examples? How do you use it in speeches?”  Read More

 3. Omne Trium Perfectum by L.G. Smith
“Omne trium perfectum! No, it’s not an incantation lifted from Harry Potter, but it could be considered a magic spell for crafting effective stories. Literally it means everything that comes in threes is perfect. In writing it is referred to as the Rule of Three.” Read More

Many thanks to bloggers Brian Clark, Andrew Dlugan, and L.G Smith.shutterstock_48236599

My favorite post from above?
As a lover of Latin, I have to tell the the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The third one’s a charm. 🙂

Latin Textbook Series, Grade 7-11

Amo, amas, amat… From my past: three Latin textbooks that have been in my library for more than three decades.

My best to you,

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Pick of the Twitter: March, 2015

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Looking for writing/marketing/tech tips? Here are my Top Twitter picks for March, 2015:

  1.  How are short stories evaluated for publication or awards? by @JodieRennerEd via @KMWEiland

  2. 5 Ways Pinterest Can Help Authors  @IndiAuthorALLI via @K8Tilton

  3. Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the Writing Life  by @JamesScottBell via @thecreativepenn

  4. How to make pictures behave in WordPress  @BakerviewConsul via @sugarbeatbc  @christinenolfi (Love this one!)

  5. Great Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary by Maria Popova @penguinrandom @brainpicker

  6. Blogs Vs. Newsletters: What’s the Diff? by Jim Devitt

  7. Tips on writing an e-book series by Nikki Moore via @WomenWriters

  8. The Complete Italicization Guide  @write_practice

  9. The Benefits of Hybrid Publishing by Melissa Donovan @WritingForward

  10. Build your audience WHILE writing your book! -Jason Wiser, The Author Hangout! @bkmkting

  11. 21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors by Heather Hart

  12. 10 SIMPLE, CLEVER TIPS for Computer, Web, Smartphone & Camera Users.  by columinist David Pogue @Pogue (Great Tips! Love this!)

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Pick of the Twitter: June, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my favs from my June, 2014 Twitter feed:

  1. What the World Looks Like to a Hammer (Understanding Your Character’s Obsession)  by Bret Anthony Johnston @glimmertrain via @JaneFriedman (Superb post!)

  2. 8 Steps For Getting Started on a Writing Career  by Jody Hedlund @JodyHedlund

  3. Mixed Review? Why it’s All Good.  by Therese Walsh via @WriterUnboxed

  4. 5 Ways to Find Blogging Motivation by Amberr Meadows @amberrisme via @CiaraBallintyne

  5. 5 Basic Literary Devices That Will Deepen Your Fiction by S. Alex Martin via @KMWeiland

  6. Tips for Attacking Any Big Project  by Elizabeth Spann Craig @elizabethscraig

  7.  101 Ways to Blog as a Book Author – Updated Again  by John Kremer via @IndieAuthorALLI @K8Tilton

  8. A Critic at Large: BLOCKED (Why do writers stop writing?) by Joan Acocella via @NewYorker

  9.  12 Leadership Traits every Author Needs to Survive & Thrive. by L. Z. Marie @LZMarieAuthor

  10. Political Correctness & Historical Fiction  by Ron Yates

  11. Breaking the “Write What You Know” Rule:  by Alan  Rinzler via @WriteToSell

  12. A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them  by Kevan Lee  @kevanlee via @socialmedia2day

  13. 6 Ways to Outline Your Novel Faster  by Cathy Yardley  @cathyyardley via @KMWeiland

  14. The Four Characteristics of Author Attitude and Why You Need Them by Nina Amir @NinaAmir  via @WriterUnboxed

  15. The 8 Types of Images That Increase the Psychological Impact of Your Content by Alex Turnbull via @copyblogger

  16. Five Thing I Learned When My Publisher Went Under by Kim Curran @KimeCurran

  17. Why Authors Need to Talk to Their Readers by Carole Jelen   @CJelen via @KMWeiland

 

Many thanks to Tweeters and Bloggers alike!

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Twitter Handle on Blog Post

by  @AnnieDaylon

 

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Dear Blogger,

Do you put your Twitter handle in the byline of your blog posts?

Some do. Many do not.

Why use a Twitter handle? So people can easily @mention you when tweeting a link to your post. An @mention will show up in your Twitter feed, allowing you to:

  • know who’s sharing your information;

  • thank them;

  • retweet the tweet; and

  • gain followers.

 

A readily-displayed @handle will  also ease the job of the person (like me) who wishes to tweet your link. I always try to credit the author, to @mention the author and, if the Twitter handle is missing,  I go on a hunting expedition.  However, I often scan fifty posts a day and  don’t always have time to track down those adorable blue Twitter birds!

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If your Twitter Handle is different from your byline, use both: by Your Name @YourTwitterhandle. (On my posts, since my name is in my Twitter handle, I usually just use @AnnieDaylon as my byline.)

Looking forward to getting a handle on all those great posts!

Thank you!

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@AnnieDaylon  🙂

Blogging for Writers: Ten Tips for Beginners

by  @AnnieDaylon 

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Blogging for Writers: The Sequel 🙂
(10 Tips for Beginners)

 

My last post about Blogging for Writers dealt with value: What’s In It for Me? What’s in it for Us?  This one deals with content. Here are 10 Tips for Beginners:

 

1.  Get StartedDon’t wait until you have the exact area of interest or until you have perfected your style. These will come. Choose a topic and go.

2.  Keep it Short. Write enough to cover your topic. Stop. I set time limits for reading blog posts (busy!) and, out of respect for other readers, I set word limits for writing them. My writing goal/post? Fewer than 500 words. More to say? Write a sequel!

 3.  Keep it Simple. Get to the point. Tell your readers what you are going to write about, write about it, and tell them what you have written.

4.  Use White Space (or, in my case, blue. 🙂 White space is simply that, the leftover space around the words. White space around content actually draws readers toward content. To create white space, use short paragraphs. Get rid of unnecessary words. Use Point Form.

5.  Include a Question to Encourage Readers to CommentE.g. What are your best blogging tips?

6.  Use a Call to ActionAsk people to subscribe or follow.

7.  Share, and Ask Others to ShareUse Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google+, whatever works for you. Make sharing easy for your readers by including Share Buttons. A blog is a tool.  It is useless if people don’t know it is there. Share. Share. Share.

8.  Use your Twitter Handle in the Byline of your Post. When I read a good post, I share it via Twitter. I schedule my Tweets using Tweetdeck. If I can find the Twitter handle of the author, I add it to the Tweet. Why? If someone at-mentions you (e.g. @AnnieDaylon) it will show up on your Twitter stream; you can favorite it, retweet it, reply to it. Your post will gain more ground.

9.  Always Check your WorkI just checked this post and realized that I had 9 tips, not the promised 10. I added this one. 🙂

10. Invest in a Good Resource about Blogging. Try Blog It  by Molly Greene. It contains information on everything from Set Up to SEO. It saved me a lot of time and energy. Highly recommend!

 

If you are on the verge of blogging, as I was a while back, try the above Ten Tips for Beginners.

If you are already a blogger, what tips do you have for beginners?

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Blogging for Writers: What’s in it for Me? What’s in it for Us?

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Why write Blogs?

  • To develop platform

  • To share information

  • To sell product

  • To hone writing

The what’s-in-it-for-me philosophy, WIIFM, applies here, but are we all so self-centered?  I much prefer another concept, one which I just recently encountered, the what’s-in-it-for-us philosophy, WIIFU. The us being both writers and readers.

So, why read Blogs?

  • To learn about writing structure, style, grammar

  • To seek inspiration

  • To connect with like minds

  • To learn about the business of writing, aka marketing

What do both lists have in common? Value.

Bloggers give knowledge based on study and experience. Readers take knowledge, apply it, and, hopefully, pass it along. Bloggers promote their products; readers often buy those products.  The result is a cycle, a supportive community, a collaboration of bloggers and readers and bloggers and bloggers and… you get the idea.

I write blog posts but I also read them. Tons of them. I return to blogs that are helpful. I keep track of new posts on all my favorite blogs—I use Feedly  for this purpose—and I share new posts through Twitter and through my own blog.

Yes, the what’s-in-it-for-me concept—WIIFM— is valuable, but the what’s-in-it-for-us philosophy—WIIFU—is priceless.

My best to you,

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My Write Before Christmas

by @AnnieDaylon

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It’s my Write before Christmas, and I’ll keep it terse;

just sending good wishes in this simple verse.

In addition, I’m listing a few treasures here:

some blogs about writing I’ve enjoyed this year.

 

Up high on the list for 2013

is the popular blog by the great Molly Greene.

Peruse all her posts; when you’re done with it then

go visit Joanna, The Creative Penn.

 

Musician & poet Chris Robley  writes posts

for Book Baby Blog. Are they helpful? The most!

Alexis Grant’s Write Life is the perfect one,

 and there are great posts on the blog Write To Done.

 

There’s a ton of advice at Elizabeth S. Craig;

  Author Media‘s the place if tech is a plague.

And if you’re afflicted with grammar trouble,

Grammar Girl delivers help on the double.

 

Bestseller Labs has ideas for selling;

Writer’s Digest has courses and info compelling.

Then there’s me; I share info as I go along.

Subscribe! You’re right here! anniedaylon.com.

 

That’s it! The year’s end! Best wishes to you

as 2014 comes into view.

For now, ‘ere December rolls out of sight…

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a great write! 🙂

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Writing Resources: My Current Favorites

by @AnnieDaylon 

Looking for Writing Resources? Here, categorized by Story, Style, and Sell are my current favorites.

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  1. Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence  by Lisa Cron

  2. How to Write a Damn Good Thriller  by James N. Frey

  3. The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction  by James Alexander Thom

  4. The Writer’s Journey  by Christopher Vogler

Style:

  1.  Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction  by Thaisa Frank & Dorothy Wall

  2. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed  by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

  3. Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation  by Lynne Truss

  4. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression   by Angela Ackerman

Sell:

  1. The Frugal Book Promoter   by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

  2. Blog It! The Author’s Guide to Building a Successful Online Brand  by Molly Greene

 

There you have it, my current Top Ten writing resources. Am always looking to update; any suggestions as to resources I can add?

 

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