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doing what writers do

if you are ever stuck for an idea of what to write, do as other professionals do… we all have to get our muse on and sometimes we borrow, get inspired by others, and create from scratch and let the words flow… write on…

I would add to this list and say you can pray/meditate and ask for guidance / assistance as well as you can interview customers/clients. If you are writing about your business, decide the topic and then see who might be a good match to spread the good word about your business. I have MUCH more to say about this, give me a jingle and let’s chat about it.

Talk to friends, relatives as well as strangers including those you “know” on twitter and/or facebook, people have amazing stories that you can write about when you ask. Put the word out that you are looking for people to interview about a certain topic. And join a group, business and/or hobby, take a class, go to meetings, ride a bike, get a pet. The more people you know and the more interests you have, the more you get involved in life, the more you have to write about.

I could write 100 blogs about various topics (don’t have time) but I am interested in poetry, chocolate, books, movies, healthy food, health tips, animals besides the lovely dog I write my other blog about such as dolphins, peacocks, and sustainable living, eco friendly topics, alternative energy, homes, money, romantic travel, business travel, beaches and so much more.

Take a topic someone else wrote about and MAKE IT YOUR OWN.

S T R E T C H your horizons.   G R O W…

arouse your creativity…here are 201 ways

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/46PPzF/writetodone.com/2010/06/28/201-ways-to-arouse-your-creativity/

and/or hire a writer/editor to do the heavy lifting for you. Call me.

Media shy or Media magnet?

You don’t have to be a Big Star, famous celebrity, politician, singer or movie actor/actress to garner interviews in local or national newspapers, magazines, or blogs and other online publications. If you are an author or business owner who simply would like the media to give you a bit of attention, do a book or product review, quote you in a story or article they’re working on or perhaps have an editor publish your opinion or article in their publication, then read on about how to accomplish this daunting feat.

Some people approach obtaining media attention as if there is something magical, mysterious and/or weird about it (and therefore, there is NOTHING for them to do or learn or educate themselves about). Others shy away from all mention of their name in public. And some folks are hams who are greedy hogs who eat up all the media attention they can get. Most people fall somewhere in between these extremes.

If your business or book could use a boost from some exposure, then here are some tips on how to get the job done without too much muss and fuss.

Fundamentals

Do you have a website? Is your website media friendly? Does your website have your contact info easily portrayed on every page (email, cell and other phone numbers)? Is there a media coverage/press page where you feature press releases, articles, and/or clippings of coverage that you’ve already received?

Are you able to write a press release that gets published?

A press release requires a certain format. A catchy headline. The first paragraph should offer the Who, What, Where, How and Why of the story… a few good quotes, startling statistics, and/or a counterintuitive question to start the conversation.

Imagine that you are at a party and want to talk to a reporter/editor. How do you begin? What might you say to capture their attention? Are you bragging, begging or boring? Is your elevator speech a whodunit, leaves a lasting impression and/or funny but succinct? Can you start with a funny quote or startling statistic? Do you think anyone would want to know more or are you so full of your own jargon that you can hardly talk to regular humans?  Is your  subject matter appropriate for the person you are speaking with or is it old, out of date and who cares?

More about writing press releases

http://ezinearticles.com/?Youve-Got-the-Power-to-Write-Press-Releases-that-Get-Published&id=977808

Do you know how and who to pitch your story to the media?

Is your pitch perfect or fatally flawed? Pitching the media your story is not a slam dunk. It requires research, a newsworthy relevant story, and excellent communication skills.  Have you got what it takes?

https://sites.google.com/site/celiasueink/do-you-have-perfect-pitch

Do you know the process?

1. Write a WOW of a press release/pitch

2. Research who to send it to (compile a list) and when

3. Individualize/customize the press release/pitch

4. Send out your press release/pitch

5. Follow up follow up follow up

6. Results… publish on your website and send to other clients, friends, family, associates

If not, revise, edit and review and start the process again…

7. Create a regular, ongoing, scheduled time of the day, week or month for pitching the media.  Media Coverage accrues over time…

And once you get the Media Coverage, what you DO WITH IT, COUNTS… here’s Brian Tracy on this very important subject:

http://www.briantracy.com/blog/general/how-to-get-on-tv-understanding-direct-media-media/utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BrianTracysBlog+%28Brian+Tracy%27s+Blog%29

 

Getting to know you… Getting to know all about you… Getting to like you… Getting to hope you like me… you are precisely my cup of tea !

when should you answer a reporter’s call?

http://www.mrmediatraining.com/index.php/2010/08/25/whats-your-deadline/