The power of curation for building an audience

drmichaelraysmith:

Prof. Sturg says it well.

Originally posted on Sturg says:

I read a lot. In fact, most days, the first thing I do in the morning is head to the computer to check out what good ideas other people have come up with that people who follow me on social media or here might be interested in. I pick and share the best, and that, in a nutshell, is curation. Here’s what I told my students about it:

View original

Be curious in as you stalk feature ideas

936697_10152369724728806_5439112501773329663_nDr. Stephanie Renzo Bennett is a well-known academic at Palm Beach Atlantic University and equally-savvy cook in West Palm Beach. This week she prepared a meal using a bumper crop of zucchini.” Add some portabello mushrooms, cheddar cheese, basil, a bit of onion and parsley and — voila! You’ve got a low-carb dinner awaiting you after a long day at work,” said said. “I’ll take eggs over meat any day!

ste

After eating their fill of fried zucchini and zucchini bread, what else do gardeners do with all that abundance? (Write about it.) P. 100 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

For more ideas for getting into print, see http://www.amazon.com/The-ABC-List-Feature-Ideas/dp/1941103081

What is the most common place name in the United States? (Write about it!)

drmichaelraysmith:

I know of only one West Palm Beach in the nation. What about your city? Do other areas share the same name?

Originally posted on Writing tips that work:

images

 

Do you have a common name? I do. Michael Smith leads the pack of most common names. What about your area? Is your city or county have a namesake across the nation? According to the U.S. Post Office, the list of most common city names begins with Greenville.

The most popular name for a counties in the United State is Washington with 31 areas following by Jefferson County at 26 and Franklin County in a close 25 including Franklin County, Pa., home of the stellar Public Opinion newspaper where many eager reporters began a career in journalism.

Become an armchair traveler and explore towns with the same name, p…

View original 9 more words

Use SHOP formula to get published

images

The following strategy uses the acronym SHOP to emphasize the steps good writers review in preparing an article. SHOP stands for: Selection, History, Observation, Perspective, p. 36 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

For each assignment, think about Selection. Selection is the topic that you will cover, but it considers the idea, the thrust. Selection is unwrapping the layers of an onion, p. 37 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

History concerns the essential background your reader or viewer will need to understand your story, p. 39 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

Use . . . Enclyopedia of Associations, a collection available at most public libraries (for background information), p. 39 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

Observation includes all the stimuli from your five senses, p. 40 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

Practice free writing as soon as you can unload your notes. Write unrestrained. Take a break . . . Now re-read the words and begin editing, p. 41 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

For Perspective, the writer may want to contact experts. Begin by checking with professors at a nearby university, p. 43 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.

The SHOP formula is just a technique. The real writer succeeds because she is on a mission and she won’t relax until she’s unleashed that creative energy and given it voice, p. 45 of The ABC List of Feature Ideas.