So you want to be a writer?

So you want to be a writer

by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it. Continue reading “So you want to be a writer?”

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Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss

Hello dear reader,

Upon the positive feedback on my post writing good comments on a blog, I thought I would extend my advice to another area that irritates me in the world of blogging and blog writing.

The irritant is when a site or an author takes the piss out of their loyal readers.

Firstly I will give a definition of my colloquialism:

take the piss (out of someone or something)

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  1. [British] vulgar slang

Mock someone or something


Right now that’s cleared up onto the issue… Continue reading “Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss”

Writing your life story

I have started writing my life story.

Just by writing that statement it feels strange and narcissistic.  To write your life story you have to be a celebrity or achieve something right?

But I have been motivated to do this indirectly by family. Continue reading “Writing your life story”

The six step morning routine

I  believe in the importance of having a good morning routine – after all it’s the start of your day and if you can make a positive and productive start then that momentum is going to help the rest of your day flow in the best possible manner.morning

To get the most out of your morning routine I recommend the following:

Wake up early (and on time) 6am

Todays a busy day, you have so much planned. The night before it seemed like a good idea – you were going to wake up early so that you had time to fit everything in, so you set your alarm to 6am.

It’s now 6am and you look up at the roof and you wonder what you were thinking. The temptation is to hit that snooze button – don’t do that!

Get up from bed and switch it off. Just by doing that you have already moved out of bed, there is no going back.  Throw some water over your face and get moving.

Continue reading “The six step morning routine”

Blogging Etiquette: How do you ask someone to view your blog?

Hello good reader.  As writers we are eager to get people to see our work – in the world of blogging and the Internet there is so much content out there that it is difficult to be seen.

In many situations we may get frustrated and quit because we are not getting that instant validation that we need.  In other situations we may take action, taking time away from the writing to plug and promote our work as much as possible.  I understand I have been there.

I thought I would give my own personal opinion on what is the correct way of asking someone to view your blog.

Continue reading “Blogging Etiquette: How do you ask someone to view your blog?”

Don’t quit (blogger edition)

I thought I would take 5 to reflect on the process of blog writing.  Since I have started in the WordPress community, I have seen a number of blogs that begun come and go.

And to be honest I don’t always know why they stopped – because some were seriously good!

Maybe they didn’t enjoy writing that much, they got writers block, or the disappointment of only having a small audience that didn’t provide instant validation they wanted made them quit.  Or perhaps life just got in the way. Continue reading “Don’t quit (blogger edition)”

It’s Friday! Wear a pocket square.

I love suits.

But this time last year I got the best bit of fashion advice – wear a suit with a pocket square.

So I bought one

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I really liked the look of it.  It added a bit of extra colour and gave the impression that a serious effort had been made.

The only time I have worn them previously is at weddings and I realised – I looked quite good in all the photos.  Was it the pocket square?

Before I had time to consider the answer I bought another one.

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Then I got another and another and another.  Soon my draw was full of pocket squares of various colours and design.

Pocket squares make sense if your budget is limited.  The suit is a big investment  – but the pocket square keeps that same suit looking fresh.

You can even coordinate it with a tie.

Anyway still don’t believe how good pocket squares are gents?

Why don’t you ask this guy?

Image: David Beckham Meets Fans At H&M In Beijing

 

 

Or this one?

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Or James Bond?

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I rest my case.

So if you’re going out this weekend put on the suit and fold in a pocket square.  You will look awesome and stand out from all the other deadbeats

I came out of the closet

Yeah you heard it.  I came out of the closet….

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No let me rephrase that as I don’t want you thinking I came out as a homosexual and now live in a civil partnership with a man called Nigel.

I showed someone my writing. Continue reading “I came out of the closet”

1 year later – so what now?

Has it really been a year since I wrote my first blog article?

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1 Year ago…

It seems strange that as I completed that post, I looked at my new blog Perfection Manifesto (soon renamed The Manifesto of Perfection) and thought how empty the archive looked.  So I deliberately set the blog so that it looked like it had more content. Continue reading “1 year later – so what now?”

Never dismiss the power of a New Year’s Resolution

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Its the middle of January and by this point many of us have either progressed or given up on New Year’s Resolutions.

But I have noticed a trend where people dismiss this idea – it could be because they see it as lame, cliché, they know they won’t stick with or are saying “Well you should have goals all year round”.

As someone who used to be in that camp, I will make an argument for why you should be making a New Year resolution.  I think they have potential to be powerful. Continue reading “Never dismiss the power of a New Year’s Resolution”