Innovative Writing Techniques     How to keep your audience             breathless
Lesson 1: Ball Gagging
Writing is tough.  I call BS!           .                       Attention                         whore!You just want     ...
The Key: Engage   You inspire           .    I’m going to      me!                    re-draw this to                     ...
Our goal today: to give you cave octopi                              You can’t                            even spell me.  ...
Your Hosts
What’s my motivation?• Why am I doing this?• What makes you sit down and start typing?• Amy: photography and images
What’s my motivation?• Leslie: Prompted writing• Jim: being called out             It’s been so                           ...
How do I start?Julia Cameron’s Morning Pagesexercise.
How do I start?Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and theconcept of the “Shitty First Draft”- THE BIBLE of writing, according toLe...
How do I start?Everything starts out as a “Shitty First Draft” – according to Jim, who hasno proof to back up that stateme...
But my life is uninteresting• Photoshop
“Photoshop makes your wildest dreams come true.”
But my life is uninteresting• The Blog-Given right to embellish            No                                      Yes
You can make anything engaging
Make lists
Write anopinion piece
Tie it into the most watched viral          video of the year
Tie it into current events                 “I was going to let                    it go when the                    quick ...
Get scientific on it
Get poetic on it
Tap into your community
Dare to be…  You.
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Innovative writing techniques

  1. 1. Innovative Writing Techniques How to keep your audience breathless
  2. 2. Lesson 1: Ball Gagging
  3. 3. Writing is tough. I call BS! . Attention whore!You just want I’mtraffic to your offended. cave.
  4. 4. The Key: Engage You inspire . I’m going to me! re-draw this to all my followersI “liked” this on Facecave Will you be the keynote drawer at our conference?
  5. 5. Our goal today: to give you cave octopi You can’t even spell me. I am that awesome.
  6. 6. Your Hosts
  7. 7. What’s my motivation?• Why am I doing this?• What makes you sit down and start typing?• Amy: photography and images
  8. 8. What’s my motivation?• Leslie: Prompted writing• Jim: being called out It’s been so long since II’m really happy for last post--- you, Imma let youfinish, but BusyDadis the greatest blogprocrastinator of all time!
  9. 9. How do I start?Julia Cameron’s Morning Pagesexercise.
  10. 10. How do I start?Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and theconcept of the “Shitty First Draft”- THE BIBLE of writing, according toLeslie
  11. 11. How do I start?Everything starts out as a “Shitty First Draft” – according to Jim, who hasno proof to back up that statement. “And now,” cried Max, “let’s turn this mutha out!”
  12. 12. But my life is uninteresting• Photoshop
  13. 13. “Photoshop makes your wildest dreams come true.”
  14. 14. But my life is uninteresting• The Blog-Given right to embellish No Yes
  15. 15. You can make anything engaging
  16. 16. Make lists
  17. 17. Write anopinion piece
  18. 18. Tie it into the most watched viral video of the year
  19. 19. Tie it into current events “I was going to let it go when the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog, look at what happens when we do…”
  20. 20. Get scientific on it
  21. 21. Get poetic on it
  22. 22. Tap into your community
  23. 23. Dare to be… You.
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