The 1,000 Word Challenge

You may not be doing so well with NaNoWriMo, or NaBloPoMo or even IComWeLeave, but… you can do a thousand word post on your blog. It’s a one shot deal. Think of it as 5 groups of 200 words, or 4 groups of 250 words and it doesn’t really seem that bad at all, right?

This is Challenge #10 at Up For It.

From Seth Godin: How to Write a Blog Post:

An appropriate illustration,
A useful topic, easily broadened to be useful to a large number of readers,
Simple language with no useless jargon,
Not too long,
Focusing on something that people have previously taken for granted,
That initially creates emotional resistance,
Then causes a light bulb go go off
and finally,
Causes the reader to look at the world differently all day long.

Of course an illustration doesn’t count for your 1,000 words. But, if you consider these points it may help you to generate ideas and keep you focused on what you want to say. Each post does not have to be something profound. That’s asking a lot if you are posting frequently in the environment of online writing where so many people are writing about the same thing. But, when you really have something to say, a topic you are passionate about, you can create a great post and have enough to say to do the 1,000 Word Challenge.

If you begin to run out of something to say, brainstorm for more points. I got used to the essay format when I was in College. We were expected to write 5 paragraphs, exactly. The beginning, 3 points in the middle and then the conclusion. This means you (I) always work to have three points to explain, confirm or illustrate whatever I am saying. I have tried to break out of this pattern, mainly because I don’t like to be stuck into a pattern. But, it is a good way to get yourself writing and making sure you have enough to say.

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