Hi again everyone!
I told you I would be featuring guest bloggers soon, and the writing that follows comes from a rather lovely author, Susan Day, who has written 15 books for children and also has a website, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, with some really helpful information for grandparents. She writes a blog (on the same site – link in her guest piece but you can find it by clicking on the above website link) and I strongly suggest you check her out, because the site is fab!
Susan Day writes…
How important is it to be a flexible writer?
When was the last time you flexed your writing muscles and wrote a piece that was completely unrelated to what you normally write about?
I never get sick of writing. I love it, and I have been doing it since I was four years old.
And now I’m a bit more grown up I get paid to write. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
But, there is a catch (there is always a catch).
I have to write about such a diverse range of subjects sometimes it makes my mind boggle!
So far this week I’ve written about the Internet of Things, purchasing a home on the beautiful west coast of the States (I live in Australia), and why you should consider China as your next marathon destination (the only part of my body that runs is my nose when I’ve got a cold!).
As well, I have written about proverbs that mention cats, dog cartoons, and one of my favorite subjects – how grandparents can build a meaningful relationship with their grandchildren.
I have also written 15 books for children over the past 7 year; this is where my true passion lies.
It’s not always about the money
Well, it is sort of all about the money because I like the way money buys me stuff, and I like stuff. I like a roof over my head and my belly full, and stuff to fill up my house.
Writing content for clients has taught me a lot about the art of writing, which I employ in my own posts and stories.
Creating a compelling written piece is a skill. For those who are new to blogging, it’s not just the words that matter. Great blog posts which lead people to websites over and over again have to be formatted properly; images tagged and added in certain places and subheadings… don’t get me started about subheadings!
It’s about diversity
Whether you are interested in writing for money or just writing because you love it, I would suggest you set yourself a task once a day and write about something you have no interest in at all.
You don’t have to belt out a novel. Just write a short 250 word article about the joys of fishing for catfish in South America or the novelty of red scarves or keeping guinea pigs on a budget. Write about anything!
Unless you are a world leader in keeping guinea pigs on a budget you’ll find that the old grey matter will be really stretched.
You may actually find it difficult to write because your brain is used to pouring out paragraphs in your chosen genre, and you love writing about the characters you have created.
Don’t let that stop you because we all know practice makes perfect.
The benefits of writing about unusual and unrelated subjects
I have found two main benefits from writing about strange and unusual subjects.
I never suffer from writer’s block, and I mean never. I can write about anything and anywhere. I am almost convinced I could write about the Sahara Desert under water.
My mind is a sharp instrument that can carve a statue of words out of a mountain of rock. Well, maybe not that sharp, but you get the gist.
The other benefit is when I have finished working and I turn back to my books, I am refreshed and really excited. I feel freer and more confident about writing.
So, how have you flexed your writing muscles lately?
About the author – Susan Day
Susan Day is a children’s author and writer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents, parents and teachers to support them in helping children become better readers. As well, Susan has created a guide to help grandparents build a more meaningful relationship with their grandchildren through their love and passion for books.
Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo. And, apart from blogging, writing and reading; she loves coffee, painting and learning to box.