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Changing Scotland one blog post at a time: Kate Higgins at Social Media for Social Good

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Changing Scotland one blog post at a time: Kate Higgins at Social Media for Social Good

  1. 1. A BURDZEYEVIEW ON BLOGGING “A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” Maya Angelou
  2. 2. HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY... “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”  http://www.scottishrepublic.eu/  http://derekbateman.co.uk/  http://order-order.com/  http://lastyearsgirl.pixlet.net/
  3. 3. .. THAT NO ONE ELSE IS SAYING “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced”  http://lallandspeatworrier.blogspot.co.uk/  http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/  http://www.oneurope.biz/oneurope_live_blog  http://neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk/
  4. 4. LESS IS ALWAYS MORE “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”  http://bigrab.wordpress.com/  http://stephennoon.blogspot.co.uk/  http://loveandgarbage.wordpress.com/
  5. 5. BUT MORE WILL MAKE YOU BETTER “Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane” “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club”  http://iainmacwhirter.wordpress.com/  http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/author/alex-massie/  http://carons-musings.blogspot.co.uk/
  6. 6. IT AIN’T ALWAYS EASY “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write”
  7. 7. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VOICE “Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly”  http://imsobendyithurts.wordpress.com/  http://theabsurdistshequeen.blogspot.co.uk/  http://ianssmart.blogspot.co.uk/
  8. 8. A DARK ART?  Craft  Credibility  Coherence  Communication  Contacts
  9. 9. “A SCRUPULOUS WRITER, IN EVERY SENTENCE THAT HE WRITES, WILL ASK HIMSELF AT LEAST FOUR QUESTIONS, THUS: 1. WHAT AM I TRYING TO SAY? 2. WHAT WORDS WILL EXPRESS IT? 3. WHAT IMAGE OR IDIOM WILL MAKE IT CLEARER? 4. IS THIS IMAGE FRESH ENOUGH TO HAVE AN EFFECT?” GEORGE ORWELL http://burdzeyeview.wordpress.com @burdzeyeview www.facebook.com/aburdzeyeview burdzeyeview@gmail.com

Editor's Notes

  • Winston Churchill
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Mark Twain
  • George Orwell, Jack London
  • Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Adams, Saul Bellow
  • Franz Kafka
  • A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?” George orwell

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