I Really Want to Learn How to Write… Good… uh, Well…

A Writing Kind of Day

I was waiting for a haircut yesterday at SportClips in Eagle. I read through all the latest Facebook posts available on my phone, then I changed the setting to show “a week” in stead of 3 days, and read through all the rest of them. Still bored. So, I picked up an issue of Eagle magazine and started flipping through the pages.

The thought, “Why can’t I write like that?” popped into my mind. The words and phrases just seemed to flow together, and in some cases, jumped off the page. The contributors to the magazine were far more adept at slinging words around than I.

I guess I tend to write in a digital fashion rather than an analog fashion. I can think the thoughts, and quite often – in my mind – I word things with the best of them. But, for some reason, when it comes to putting sentences together “on paper” (well, in a text editor), it becomes halting and disjointed. The “flow” is missing.

Here’s a few examples of what I consider good, yet friendly writing (by “friendly” I mean casual yet comprehensive).

According to sources, Amazon paid from $140 million to $150 million for Goodreads, the popular books recommendation service. And while BusinessWeek ran a we-are-just-guessing story today that posited a self-described “overly simple, back-of-the-envelope estimate” of $1 billion, sources said that number is simply wrong.

and

With all the attention Google Glass is getting before it’s even launched, one would think it was an Apple product. It’s not, but it has the buzz level of the new Corvette Stingray. Now, it’s making news by doing something that other tech companies have avoided for a while. They’re going to have Foxconn build Glass in the United States.

and

Facebook introducing a modified version of Google’s Android operating system. Facebook employee, Constine explains that, “Imagine Facebook’s integration with iOS 6, but on steroids, and built by Facebook itself. It could have a heavy reliance on Facebook’s native apps like Messenger, easy social sharing from anywhere on the phone, and more.

My paragraphs don’t flow like that, with one thought segueing (that’s a good word – “seg-way”) into another. It’s almost like I’m thinking ahead, and my typing hasn’t caught up yet. Then, suddenly I’m writing about Star Wars or PHP without any kind of linkage between sentences.

I do get an email everyday from Zemanta called Blogspire that is supposed to give me ideas to write about (which is where I got the writing samples), but tying all those thoughts and articles together seems to be escaping me. I’m going to keep trying, however…

Segue….

Chitika Thank You

This absolutely fascinated me. It’s from the Chitaka blog and landed on my Facebook page. Apparently, desktops are for work and tablets are for play. In other words, desktops (and I assume laptops) are used during the day in the corporate environment for actual work, while tablets (and smartphones) seem to be popular during the evening hours for Facebook posting, Twitter surfing, shopping, and the like.

I find it interesting that there is such a clean delineation between the two. I guess it seems odd to me because I use my laptop for everything, and have yet to find a real good reason to make the tablet leap. I use my phone to just check up on certain things, and I suspect I’d not use a tablet for much more than that.

Well, maybe I’ll catch up eventually…

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32 Responses to “I Really Want to Learn How to Write… Good… uh, Well…”

  1. Anonymous Reply

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    Whats the appeal? It must be something that you can’t do with email, instant messengers or a telephone.

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  2. Kevvy Reply

    What Is The Best Facebook Application For The Mac? There are many Facebook applications for the Mac on the Mac App Store, many paid apps and some free ones.

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    Facemenu?

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  3. Naz Nomad Reply

    Does Anyone Know Of Any Good Facebook Account Generators That Work? I troll Facebook political pages and I am constantly getting reported to death. I need more alts.
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    • Alts are a violation of the terms of service – there is no way to avoid it – all alts get deleted when reported

      when you create an alt, facebook records your IP address and your MAC address, and can easily detect you breaking the rules by creating more than one account

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  4. Anonymous Reply

    How Do You Delete Facebook Pages I Have Created ? I created a page on Facebook but I want to delete it. How do you delete it.

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  5. Eric Reply

    How Do You Remove The Facebook Timeline View From You’re Facebook To Change Back Into The Original Version? How do you remove the Facebook Timeline view from you’re Facebook to change back into the original version?

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  6. Delilah Rain Reply

    How Do You Delete Facebook Pages I Have Created ? I created a page on Facebook but I want to delete it. How do you delete it.

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  7. Delilah Rain Reply

    How Do You Delete Facebook Pages I Have Created ? I created a page on Facebook but I want to delete it. How do you delete it.

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  8. VENKATRAO B Reply

    Turn Facebook Wall As Facebook Page? I want to turn my Facebook Wall page as my Facebook page. How can that be done?

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  9. Mel Reply

    I Want To Access In Facebook Please..? I need your help please to access in facebook.

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  10. Julie S Reply

    What Do You Like About Facebook? Nobody keeps score at Facebook!
    Your compliment made my day, friend who’s Heatmizer.

    Facebook mainly is for people who live in close-knit communities. I’ve met people who live near the Great Lakes through it, too.

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  11. Pritesh Pathak Reply

    Are There Any Apps Developed By Facebook? I need a list of apps developed by facebook. If there are any. Thanks in advance.

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  12. Michael Reply

    Facebook Vs No Facebook? Do you facebook?
    Ill start
    No
    I feel.. left out lol
    Thats what I would end up doing, I hear so much about i’m a sophomore and people are updating on their phones, talking about it constantly.. I’m like.. were in school guys c’mon
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    classic rock all the way
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    sorry
    Seriously what about.. Kansas.. I listen to Dust in The Wind a lot its kind of relaxing

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    • Facebook 4 life <333
      haha lol you should facebook too ?
      –its quite sad, i have a facebook tab open right now
      —haha i luv that song :)
      —-nvr heard of it but i just youtub’d it and its pretty nice

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  13. Megann :) Reply

    Bebo, Myspace + Facebook? Whats better?

    Bebo, Myspace or Facebook?

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    • Overall and allround, facebook

      bebo is more play, myspace is more “i have a better page than you” site,
      but facebook is play,fun talk and socialise

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    Make Email Id In Facebook? Sign up in facebook

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  15. 6444 Reply

    Which Do You Prefer? Myspace Or Facebook? Me myspace
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  16. Um Reply

    Facebook Fakers Question? What would you do if you found out someone using your pictures in facebook?

    Can you ask facebook to track down the faker’s ip address?

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    • Report him on facebook who is using your pictures Facebook will deactivate his FAKE Facebook id

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