Corbett Gardens, Bowral NSW Australia ©JoyLovesParis

Keep smiling

Keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.

—Marilyn Monroe

Smiling is infectious. You can’t help but smile back. It breaks all language barriers, it needs no translation. Smiling can instantly improve your mood and helps lighten your load. A smile never goes out of style. Smile just because. You don’t need a reason to and have every reason to.

Corbett Gardens, Bowral NSW Australia ©JoyLovesParis
Corbett Gardens, Bowral NSW Australia ©JoyLovesParis


Writing 101: Day 12

Play with word count

On days when you feel stuck and aren’t sure how to write a post, it might well be that your topic and content are solid, but your approach needs tweaking. Have you tried experimenting with word count?

In today’s post, pay attention to the total length of your post: if you usually write posts under 500 words, aim for longer. If you tend to write a lot, be succinct. For those who’d like to aim for a specific word count, here are ideas:

  • Write a 50-word story (or, if you feel daring, a series of 50-word stories). Get inspired by the tiny tales at 50-Word Stories.
  • Take a look at some 100-word stories at 100 Word Story, or this Reader’s Digest list of winning 100-Word True Stories, then take a stab at your own. Your first attempt at flash fiction? Your last vacation? A fleeting encounter at the grocery store?
  • Pick a previously published longer post you’d like to pare down. Keep it at 750 words or less, like the essays at Brevitya site of concise creative nonfiction.
  • Want to go long? Expand on an existing post. Search your draftsthat are thematically similar and see if you can merge parts of each. Or, combine two or more published posts into one longform piece, made up of multiple pages or sections divided by subheads or graphic elements.

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