When I first started writing seriously at the end of 2006, I didn't paint myself into a corner, by just writing about 2 or 3 categories. At latest count, I have written in about 80 different categories and sub-categories, so I've spread it around, etc.
Those categories include writing about the environment; health/wellness; humor/parenting; technology; language; home; hobbies; art/craft and so forth.
In my 40's back in the 1980's (Stone Age) , I went back to the books, to try to improve my writing skills, and I completed three writing courses which included; The Writers Digest course; the National Writers Club course; and a creative writing course at the University of New Mexico. It's one of the best things I have ever done with my life. In 2011, I have over 300 articles that I have written, and I have managed to show a presence at the writing site (Authors Den) as many of my pieces have been listed on the AD Top Ten; the Featured Page; and the Top 50 List, etc. What a great feeling of accomplishment to see all this unfold.
This list consists of a few of my articles...large and small (captions, etc.) that give me so much satisfaction and why I write in the first place.
Satisfaction/rewarding: I suppose these are the two main operative words, as to why I write, and then there are several other sub-reasons as to why I write. Who cannot be satisfied, with the fact that in five years, over 100 (different) of my articles have been published on over 500 websites on the Internet. And, it all started at an article directory, where I posted my articles back in the Stone Age (2006) For those who may be interested in learning more about article directory, I have provided a link.
EzineArticles.com; (article directory)
Articles Published page;
I write short pieces:
There's no shorter writing piece than a caption...it can be one word...or several words, etc. I started writing captions, which I placed on my wood carvings back in the 70's (B.C./Before Cable). I put captions on everything...pictures in magazines; newspapers; soup cans and so forth. My website is filled with captions, and if the reader wants to see examples of the captions, can go to the following link;
I write to make a difference:
I think every writer, writes to make a difference in somebody's life, somewhere in the world, and I'm no different. Ironically and amazingly, my dream has come true , as to which article I wanted to be my number ONE article in hits/views. When I wrote the following piece, I hoped it would do well. As the reader knows, all the articles written start at the bottom, and this piece was no different. Of the 310 articles now on hand as of November, 2011, this is my number one article in hits/views.
Making a Difference In People's Lives By Writing;
I write to share:
The American people are most giving people in the world...giving of their money; their time (volunteering); giving of themselves (blood, etc) and the ultimate giving...of their lives! I wrote the following piece about three years ago, and in 2011, I re-wrote it and polished it and added some thing to it that I was thankful for. I wanted to share some new things with the reader.
Thanksgiving; Giving Thanks;
I write to make people laugh:
I've been in the humor business for over 50 years, and I never get tired of putting a smile on somebody's face. The following two articles, are probably two of the silliest articles I've written. A version of the following piece was turned into my writing instructor, Dr. McCollister, and he rejected it. Twenty years, I wanted to see what the public thought of it so I re-wrote it, and it found itself in the Top Ten at the directory. So, much for the opinion of a writing instructor;
Article title; The English Language Is All Greek to Me;
The second piece, debuted in the AD Top Ten, and was listed in the Featured Page for over 14 months.
Article title; You Say Tomatoe; I Say Tomater:
I write to inform:
About ten years ago, I went through times, as I was laid off six times in a little over a decade; I was hospitalized for over three months; I was homeless and stood in a soup line for over two months at the age of 60; during that time, I lost all my possessions; I was declared disabled by the VA and Social Security; I filed for bankruptcy and so on. At that dismal time in my life, I knew I would have to file for bankruptcy sooner or later, and I chose later, because I didn't have the more than 1000 dollars I would have to pay a lawyer.
I, then, heard a story on the news, that I could file myself without a lawyer. Needless, to say, I was jumping up and down at the good news, and so I followed the links I was given on the news, and I was led to the bankruptcy website. There, I learned all about how I could do it, and I downloaded all the forms that were required. In order to inform others of my findings and my success, I wrote the following article;
Do It Yourself Bankruptcy;
I write to educate;
I like to write from my past experiences...good and bad...and to educate the reader. In 2009, I had a bad experience, about constipation, which, at the age of 60 I had never dealt with. During the incident, I was taken (by ambulance) to the hospital, and spent over 12 hours in the emergency room.
About two weeks after the incident, I wanted to write about my experiences, but I was reluctant, because of the subject matter. The piece would have to be handled in a delicate manner. Of 310 articles on hand as of November 28, 2011, this is my most surprising article, because it started at the bottom (in hits/views), and little by little, it climbed the charts, and now occupies the #2 spot in hits/views. Amazing!
Article title:Constipation: Saying Hello To a Costly Enema;
I write to inspire and to motivate;
I've very competitive and I don't like to lose at anything; basketball; golf; checkers; ping-pong...you name it. I have a winning attitude, and I like to pass that attitude onto others.
Article title; Get Inspired; Get Motivated; Get Going:
I write to please myself...FIRST!
I don't write to please an editor; a publisher or the general public. If I wrote to please all these people, I would be insane by now.
Article title; I Write To Please Me, Myself and I;
I write to spread the word about serious problems in the country:
The first time I did this, was in 2007, and I've done it ever since. That is, to quote from a newspaper article, in my attempts to spread the word about a certain subject. For example, the piece might be about homelessness; the economy; diabetes; cancer; old age and so forth. With 310 articles, I done this with about 25 of my articles. Every piece can be helpful out there in society.
I write to take chances with my pieces;
When I was a woodcarver for over 30 years, and now that I'm in writing, I've always taken chances with my work, and are too lengthy to list here. But, my favorite title of an article is shown below, and I was tickeled, when I put it under the 'horror' category; For those of you who remember, I took the title from the old movie, starring Dolly Parton, 'The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.'
Article title;U.S. Congress; The Best Little Whorehouse In Washington, D.C.;
Voice/approach; I write in a way to scold; in your face; with a no-nonsense mentality;
I don't like racists; bigots, inconsiderate people; negative people and people who put-down others, just to get a laugh. I frown upon all this. In early 2007, I wrote a piece, which was a new approace (voice) at the time. It was done in a no-nonsense, in your face approach. I thought I would have to tone it down a bit, but I decided to let it go and see what would happen to it. It did so well, that entered the Top Ten of my articles at the time. This led me to write other articles in this manner including; You Call This America the Beautiful; Dealing With the Racists and Begots Of the World; Young People Should Not Start Smoking; Protesting: The American's Are a Bunch of Candy-Asses and so forth.
Article title; The Negative Side of Humor;
I write in my own style;
At the article directory, there were many rules, and I think this is good for a beginner in writing. But, I couldn't take chances or experment with new ideas. So, after 98 articles posted, I left the directory for Authors Den, where there is little or no rules. Since that time, I break all the rules of writing; starting an article with a quote; finishing with the title; finishing with a quote and so forth.
Article title; How I Got Started In Humor;
I write to be a good story-teller: (the reader will determine that issue)
If you think story-telling isn't important, how about the woman (Rowling) who wrote the Harry Potter series? She has an incredible imagination and is a great story-teller. I think I'm a good story-teller, too. But, I don't make the kind of money she makes.
Article title;Easy On the Mayo;
All of these reasons, added together, give me great satisfaction and is so rewarding in writing. Therefore, I encourage people of all ages, to try their hand at writing to tell their stories.
SITE MAP For Hopelessly Lost Souls;
Copyright; 2011; Jerry Aragon; The Humor Doctor;