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Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology that developed as tools developed with human society. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader.
  1. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    BEFORE WRITING COMES THINKING... My newly launched writing improvement program is fully up and running now. Offering better writing through improved thinking. For more information go to ... http://www.learn2engage.org
    Writing Improvement
    Writing Improvement Better writing through improved...


    Aurorasa Sima
    02/12/2016 #7 Aurorasa Sima
    I love this, @Phil Friedman. First of all, I agree that the right way of thinking leads to better content and secondly, it´s a topic I am always keen to learn about.

    I´m excited about this project and can well imagine endorsing it. Your background of philosophy, analytical and writing makes for a good combination.

    Two areas might have the potential for optimisation:
    1. The text might be moving too fast for some
    2. I´d show benefits, not just features.
    While the advantages and benefits of becoming a better writer, texter, or even speaker by changing the way you think are very obvious, people are visual creatures.

    At the point when I see this, I don´t care about study material. I want you to paint pictures in my head how this course makes me sexy, successful, young and awesome. (;
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #5 Phil Friedman
    #4 Yes, Praveen, I've actually said a number of times that if thinking comes before writing, then reading comes before thinking.

    As to your question about books to read, any answer is necessarily culturally biased. But I will be taking up the question in a series of monthly learn2engage webinars, which will be open and free to beBee users. So watch for one of those. I'll drop you a reminder next time around. Thanks for the suggestion. And thank you for reading and commenting. Cheers!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    02/12/2016 #4 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Am sure the course will do a lot of good for a lot of aspiring writers dear Phil. If thinking comes before writing, what comes before thinking? Reading! We need words and expression to even articulate thoughts to ourselves. So would that logically bring us to a list of the top ten books to read that would give us the right tools to think? What would be your choice of these must-read books? For the benefit of those who cannot take the course (for whatever reason) that is ;) Best wishes!
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    #2 Thanks, Randy, for taking a look and commenting. Cheers!
    Randy Keho
    02/12/2016 #2 Randy Keho
    #1 Very impressive, Phil. Great production. Who's the instructor? lol
    Phil Friedman
    02/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    It's taken a while to get this out, @Jim Murray. @Don Kerr, @Kevin Pashuk. @David B. Grinberg, @Randy Keho, @Aurorasa Sima, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @Gert Scholtz. Interested to hear what you think of it. Cheers!
  2. Simon Paul

    Simon Paul

    A collection of amusing monologues.
    Simon Paul
    The Butler and Other Monologues: Featuring The Spaceman and The Secret Agent eBook: Simon Paul: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
    www.amazon.co.uk The Butler and Other Monologues: Featuring The Spaceman and The Secret Agent eBook: Simon Paul: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle...
  3. Simon Paul

    Simon Paul

    Who's your favourite writer. Here's a clue as to mine.
    Simon Paul
    The Raven
    niume.com I have long been a fan of the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. His works have spawned many films and influenced many other writers. His dark, sombre, macabre themes emerged from a troubled upbringing having lost both parents early on and then feuding...
  4. ProducerRobert Cormack

    Robert Cormack

    Stop Worrying About Being Published.
    Stop Worrying About Being Published.“I’m still in the middle of writing my collection of short stories, but I’m wondering which is better, getting an agent or self-publishing.” Someone’s comment in a writer’s group.Last week I joined an online writer’s forum, figuring I should...


    Robert Cormack
    30/11/2016 #43 Robert Cormack
    #42 I'm sure instant gratification plays a role. We see movies were people write a book and ten minutes later (with a few dissolves), they're famous authors living in splendor. This is like couples thinking they're as funny together as Mork and Mindy. We lose a sense of reality and, therefore, expect this instant gratification. The whole idea of music and movies you can download in a minute, it all plays to the same theme, and it's reducing so much of the artistic quality. An artist friend of mine is quite proud of the fact that she produces a painting a day. My mother, an artist, produced maybe two paintings a year. Four of them hang in my house. I never grow tired of them (and not because they're my mother's). She spent the time learning, studying and perfecting. That's what you add to basic talent. Maybe we'll saturate the market with bad work. Let's hope that's when we change.
    Zacharias Voulgaris
    30/11/2016 #42 Zacharias Voulgaris
    I agree. Perhaps today's instant gratification mentality that plagues the world has something to do with this publishing frenzy. Also, the academic community's requirements don't help the situation either (publish or perish). Still, once the market gets saturated with low quality books, I'm sure we're going to see a change in perspective. Everyone can publish something nowadays; getting others to read and re-read what you've published is another story...
    Gerald Hecht
    30/11/2016 #41 Gerald Hecht
    #40 @Robert Cormack --lately I wonder if now...he lives on the bus...btw...he played here in Baton Rouge last month (a few days after learning that he'd won the Nobel)...and he played guitar again (on two songs!)...I haven't seen him play the guitar live since a show in Maryland in about 2004...
    Robert Cormack
    30/11/2016 #40 Robert Cormack
    #39 There's actually some controversy over whether Grossman owned Big Pink or he'd bought it for Dyan in his capacity as business manager. In any event, Dylan admitted spending more time at Big Pink than he did at his own home (not far away). As the kids came, and his motorcycle accident, Dylan spent more time at his own home (which went on for many years).
    Gerald Hecht
    30/11/2016 #39 Gerald Hecht
    #31 @Robert Cormack I wonder if that explains "Dear Landlord" on "John Wesley Harding" --I always thought that was about Albert Grossman --because he was the actual landlord.
    Robert Cormack
    28/11/2016 #38 Robert Cormack
    I'm following him now, @Renée Cormier 🐝#37
    Renée Cormier  🐝
    28/11/2016 #37 Renée Cormier 🐝
    You should connect with @John Sliz, Robert.
    Robert Cormack
    28/11/2016 #36 Robert Cormack
    #33 No, it doesn't get any easier, Paul.
    Robert Cormack
    28/11/2016 #35 Robert Cormack
    No problem, Camille, glad you enjoyed.#34
    Camille Mari
    28/11/2016 #34 Camille Mari
    Robert, I quoted your buzz on one of mine. I hope you don't mind, it made me think yesterday. Thanks for this. :)
    Paul Walters
    28/11/2016 #33 Paul Walters
    @Robert Cormack five books in and it doesnt get any easier Robert! However a great read, thank you
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #32 Robert Cormack
    #14 Many do, Robert, that's a fact.
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #31 Robert Cormack
    #20 Yes, the "Basement Tapes" were never something Dylan wanted distributed. In fact, they sat in someone's garage in Woodstock for many years. The loose quality of Dylan's and The Band's work allows a certain amount of leeway when listening. There's an interesting version of "You Ain't Going' Nowhere," that's worth a listen, also "Wheels on Fire." Robbie, in particular, learned a lot from Dylan, particularly on the lyrics side. There was so much creativity going on back then in The Pink House (Dylan was actually the landlord).
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #30 Robert Cormack
    #21 Sure, there's always a chance of having a best seller. I still think that chance increases exponentially with time spent making your work better. In other words: "Haste makes lousy fiction."
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #29 Robert Cormack
    #22 I've written about both (saves time coin-flipping).
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #28 Robert Cormack
    #23 I thank you, and my dog thanks you."
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #27 Robert Cormack
    #24 A friend of mine wrote a book specifically to help promote his business. I think it worked out pretty well for him. That's definitely a different part of publishing.
    Robert Cormack
    27/11/2016 #26 Robert Cormack
    I still keep a message from my agent/publisher: "No two paragraph breaks together."#13
    Jim Murray
    27/11/2016 #25 Jim Murray
    Thanks. Now you know why I give my ebook away for free. Nobody messes with it but me. I'm with @Phil Friedman here. There is a very small percentage of all the work that gets published that produces enough revenue for the author to derive anything remotely resembling an income from it. The authors who are lucky enough to make it, are literally driven by an ungodly amount of ambition. On the one hand I admire it. On the other I can't help but believe that for most, it's an exercise in self-delusion. If your book sold, I'm happy for you. If you're living off the proceeds you're in the 1% club.
    Phil Friedman
    27/11/2016 #24 Phil Friedman
    #19 #18 This raises an important point about objectives, don't you think? If a writer's objective in writing and publishing a novel is to gain literary recognition, then however long that takes is worth it, or at least is what it is. But if a writer writes to generate income, then I suggest to you that one might want to re-assess book writing and publishing in the context of contemporary digital publishing.

    For example, about three years ago, I published an eBook that I give out free (well, not exactly free, but in exchange for an email address to build my prospect list for my consulting business). I submitted the eBook to multiple industry-specific editors for review and received very strong reviews and notices in a dozen legitimate publications, both trade and consumer. Distribution is now passed 5,000 (PDF) copies sent out by email in answer to requests. No direct revenue, but I can attribute at least three solid consulting contracts, worth tens of thousands of dollars, to prospects reading and liking the eBook. ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/ten-golden-rules-for-successful-yacht-build-projects )

    More recently, I wrote an eBook for hire for a management systems software firm, which they use to build their own prospect list, in an extreme example of "content marketing". In this case, the work did not generate anywhere near the same revenue, but -- and this is important, I think -- in one fell swoop, it generated more than some authors make on a published "book" and with less than one tenth the time and labor input. ( http://tinyurl.com/zsjt9n9 ).

    So, what I am saying is, the issue of book writing and publishing is at the same time more complicated and less complicated than some would have us believe. If writing and publishing a book is a purely business decision based on ROI, that is one thing. But if about something else, like literary achievement, quite another. Cheers!
  5. ProducerGraham Edwards 🐝
     #!@$... a spelling mistake! Thank you for letting me know.
    #!@$... a spelling mistake! Thank you for letting me know.I have been blogging in earnest for about two years now and my reasons are simple; articulate my expertise as someone who can solve Sales & Marketing problems and become a better writer. I will be the first to say I will never be a great writer,...


    Sarah Elkins
    29/11/2016 #35 Sarah Elkins
    #33 You are the most gracious provider of feedback and corrections, @Charles David Upchurch, and I'm grateful to be a recipient!
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #34 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #33 It's greatly appreciate @Charles David Upchurch
    Charles David Upchurch
    13/11/2016 #33 Charles David Upchurch
    #1 #3

    You're quite welcome, Graham. @Renée Cormier 🐝 and I clearly were thinking (and acting) alike, that day.

    For me, the habit of privately offering feedback to others is a Golden Rule thing.

    I prefer to receive writing feedback often, and respectfully, and privately...so that is how I provide it to others (unless they don't seem to appreciate it, in which case I try to remember that person's preference, and I "cease and desist" so that people won't think of me as a 'grammar troll.').
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #32 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #19 Thanks for reading @Mark Anthony!
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #31 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #18 Thanks for the note @Pascal Derrien 🐝... I am in awe for those who post in english as a second language. You are totally right about discarding the desire to be "perfect".
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #30 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #17 Thanks for the note @Laura Mikolaitis
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #29 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #16 Thanks for the comment @Brian McKenzie
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #28 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #11 Thanks for the comment @Susan Rooks... you are my "word writing" hero !
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #27 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #10 Thanks for the comment @Paul Walters... I will pass on anything I find... that is, if I find anything... lol
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #26 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #9 Thanks for the comment @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. Ya... autocorrect can be a bunch of fun !
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #25 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #8 Thanks for the comment @David B. Grinberg. It is appreciated!
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #24 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #7 Thanks for the note @Sarah Elkins. Yes @Susan Rooks is a grammar hero for me!
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #23 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #5 Thanks for reading @Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #22 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #4 Thanks for the comment @Alexa Steele. I totally agree!
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #21 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #3 Thans for still reading @Renée Cormier 🐝... it is greatly appreciated.
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    13/11/2016 #20 Graham Edwards 🐝
    #2 Thanks for the comment and perspective @Kevin Pashuk! I can't believe it has taken me all these years to become mature... sort of. lol
    Mark Anthony
    10/11/2016 #19 Mark Anthony
    "I have come a long way from internalizing this sort of thing, and using it to identify ability and self-worth;" I believe this is something many can find difficult and that is not a criticism of those that do. Nonetheless, such an important thing to try and overcome. Thanks for the post, I liked it.
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    10/11/2016 #18 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    I sometimes forget to write words I think I do but sometimes they are only in my head and it makes funny sentences :-), it takes me always a few attempts to get it right I don't like editing that much either so I very often edit when already online not perfect but it works for me in the end writing is like a foreign language I think it is more important to try and slip that wanting to be perfect.... plus a few of us write in a language we were not educated with...... so sometimes we get confused :-) you win or you lo(o)se
    Laura Mikolaitis
    10/11/2016 #17 Laura Mikolaitis
    I've been there too, @Graham Edwards 🐝 and am thankful and appreciative to the people who have reached out privately to let me know of an error. I do a lot of proof reading at work and sometimes my eyes start to go cross eyed; especially when proofing small fonts on labels. The same goes for my own writing. Sometimes we miss things that can be staring us in the face. That's why I appreciate the private nudge alerting me to an error.
    Brian McKenzie
    10/11/2016 #16 Brian McKenzie
    Technically, you spelled the word correctly, it was however the wrong word. It could be worse, the I wear clothes vs I where clothes and I were closed was the source of much frustration in my last ESL class. Things get wonky when Google jumps into translations.
  6. ProducerRandy Keho

    Randy Keho

    Improve Your Writing By Keeping These Simple Tips in Mind
    Improve Your Writing By Keeping These Simple Tips in MindWhile pursuing a graduate degree in journalism/public relations, I served as a graduate teaching assistant. As a teaching assistant, the university provided me with a tuition-free education. All I had to do was teach the lab portion of several basic...


    debasish majumder
    07/11/2016 #11 debasish majumder
    nice insight @Randy Keho! enjoyed read. thank you for the share sir.
    Alexa Steele
    07/11/2016 #10 Alexa Steele
    #5 Style and voice must be balanced against comprehension and readability. It's always best to master the basics (as Randy has outlined here) before finding creative ways to break the "rules." And it's not a bad idea to return to the basics lest we out-clever ourselves (as I, for one, am prone to do.)
    Phil Friedman
    07/11/2016 #9 Phil Friedman
    #8 And knowing you, Randy, I can guess which finger it was. :-)
    Randy Keho
    07/11/2016 #8 Randy Keho
    I can accept that. I think. Finger painting was as far as I got to the art world.#7
    Phil Friedman
    07/11/2016 #7 Phil Friedman
    #6 Randy, I can see your point. I think. It might be compared to studying "classical" art in order to prepare to do abstract painting. Is that fair to say?
    Randy Keho
    07/11/2016 #6 Randy Keho
    #5 The goals are all the same @Phil Friedman Successful writing, of any kind, depends upon a message being understood.
    As far as software is concerned, you're absolutely correct. A real writer wouldn't even consider using it.
    There are plenty of writers in the media who have developed their own style and have not swayed from these tried-and-true rules.
    We both know "writers" on beBee who have certainly distinguished themselves from the crowd, but that's mostly because they fail to abide by the basic rules. Anyway, I'm off to buy a new snow shovel. I need one that fits in my young grandson's hands.
    Phil Friedman
    07/11/2016 #5 Phil Friedman
    Stick religiously to every one of these tips, Randy, then run your copy through software such as "Hemingway", and ... you will manage to wash the life and color out of your writing. Newspaper and digital news are different from other venues. As is marketing. All areas in which economical communication is a primary desideratum (sorry about that "big" word). But I suggest that successful writing in many other spheres requires the development of style and voice that distinguish one's writing from the crowd. And one should not confuse the different situations and goals. Other than that, Randy, I agree with everything you say. Great post! And cheers, my friend.
    Jared Wiese
    07/11/2016 #4 Jared Wiese
    Good stuff
    Alexa Steele
    07/11/2016 #3 Alexa Steele
    Sometimes, even those of us who call ourselves "writer" could use a reminder to KISS: keep it simple, stupid. Great list, @Randy Keho.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/11/2016 #2 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Great tips Randy! Ever relevant. Most of us lapse into laborious wordy routines. Proof of the meandering struggle of thought to find expression ;) This is a checklist we could all go back to, reglar like...regardless of the vocab we have built up over the years. If we really want to connect with greater numbers that is. Thanks for sharing!
    Gerald Hecht
    07/11/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht
    Makes sense to me Randy. This spurred me to examine my own "long form Producer posts" --to my horror, I see that addition to violating all ten of your tips --I also apparently am lacking the requisite mastery of grammar and punctuation. I thank you (more than you may know) for bringing this to my attention. I am (obviously) not a person who should submit blog posts in the future; I will attempt to refrain from doing so inthe future.
  7. ProducerLaura Mikolaitis
    The Relevance of Numbers
    The Relevance of Numbers15, 30, 30, 50000. It's not a math quiz, an equation, a code or the combination to the safe housing a secret fortune. It's not the winning lottery numbers either. I suppose they could be any of these things but a) I'm not psychic and b) I'm no...


    Laura Mikolaitis
    07/11/2016 #16 Laura Mikolaitis
    #13 @Ken Boddie, thank you! I took your advice, by the way. I read your comment and thought "he's right." So when I sat down to write on Saturday and then again on Sunday, I just wrote. And I exceeded my goal both nights. I'm 7 days into this journey and I'm learning to just give in to the words and write. If nothing else, I'm building a spring board for something else. Like I mentioned to Lisa in my reply to her, at the end of this I will have clay to mold. It's my first time doing something like this, but if I don't try then I've already surrendered. Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement - it is greatly appreciated!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    07/11/2016 #15 Laura Mikolaitis
    #12 Thank you, @Lisa Gallagher. I can relate to having that fuzzy feeling in your head. I've let many distractions impede me from writing: bad days, bad moods, not enough time, feeling tired - and the list goes on. But this exercise is teaching me a habit and you know what, I am beginning to feel like it's a normal part of my day. I have no outline for what I am writing, it really is stream of consciousness. I don't even know if it makes sense. But, as my friend so aptly pointed out to me today, at least at the end of this chapter I will have clay to mold; which is more than I had when I started. And for me, that's what it is about. Creating the habit, learning the discipline, expending the time. Thank you, always, for your support.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    07/11/2016 #14 Laura Mikolaitis
    #11 Thank you @debasish majumder, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
    Ken Boddie
    05/11/2016 #13 Ken Boddie
    I don't know you, Laura, but one thing I've concluded in a short time is that YOU CAN WRITE, lady! If I may be so bold as to offer advice ..... I would stop counting words and minutes and just commit to daily writing. This reduces the hurdle to removing distraction and just doing it. Personally, when I'm on a mission I'm in the zone and I keep going for as long as the real world allows. I wish you focus and no distractions. Get on and break a leg.
    Lisa Gallagher
    05/11/2016 #12 Lisa Gallagher
    Good for you @Laura Mikolaitis! Your an excellent writer, I've always enjoyed reading your pieces. You've got this! I don't plan to write a novel but I do need to set a goal to write more frequently. My mind has been a bit numb lately and it's hard to draw out thoughts when it's so foggy up there. I love how you broke apart the numbers, you DO see this as attainable. One day at time! I will be cheering for you.
    debasish majumder
    05/11/2016 #11 debasish majumder
    lovely insight! enjoyed read. thank you @Laura Mikolaitis for the share.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    04/11/2016 #10 Laura Mikolaitis
    #9 Indeed it is @Graham Edwards 🐝! I love that book by Brene Brown. It's one of the reasons I've been able to accept my vulnerabilities and take those leaps forward. Thanks for your comments. I just put Day 3 of the challenge in the books. It is such a fun experience to just write. I'm trying to keep my inhibitions at bay and enjoy each moment that I get to sit and write.
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    04/11/2016 #9 Graham Edwards 🐝
    It's all about daring greatly @Laura Mikolaitis.... ENJOY !!!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    04/11/2016 #8 Laura Mikolaitis
    #7 Thanks @Don Kerr! Day 3 and good so far. Almost to my word count for the day.
    Don Kerr
    04/11/2016 #7 Don Kerr
    Deb Helfrich  🐝
    03/11/2016 #5 Deb Helfrich 🐝
    Are you taking the write a novel challenge in November? @Laura Mikolaitis is going for it. We'd love to see who else is.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    03/11/2016 #4 Laura Mikolaitis
    Thanks @Deb Helfrich 🐝! I'm really writing by stream of consciousness and honestly, I'm not sure if any of it makes sense but I had an idea awhile back that I used as my spring board. I'm definitely weaving a tale and, if nothing else, at the end of November I will have something. From there, I can start editing and see how it ends up. It's definitely a worth while exercise to keep the brain stimulated. Thanks for reading and sharing with me in the comments. I feel like my last couple of posts have gotten a bit lost on here, but you seem to be finding them - so thank you!
    Deb Helfrich  🐝
    02/11/2016 #3 Deb Helfrich 🐝
    Yay, yay, yay! I know I am excited to see what transpires over this month of your commitment, @Laura Mikolaitis.

    One thing I know from writing my memoir is that I had to give up my thoughts on linearity. It was a story, it happened to me. I wasn't writing some confusing mystery with all sorts of time jumps. YET. Some days what arose for me to write about was something completely out of sequence. I remember the day when I opened the document - it was around 50 pages. Getting too big to navigate by memory and I thought I was failing..... but I stuck with it, and soon the time to cut and paste and get things in order and develop the narrative arose. Always believe. And don't knock research. Since my book was about my dogs, I had a rationale for wanting to add in some facts. A burst of writing always came after research. That whole fresh perspective thing.
    Laura Mikolaitis
    02/11/2016 #2 Laura Mikolaitis
    #1 @Deb Helfrich 🐝, I'm not sure where the words are coming from lately, but I'm going with it. I've had much on my mind of late and I suspect that is feeding into my inspiration. I've also tried to let my inhibitions go and simply write. And that has made a world of difference. Of course, that also means peeling back those layers a little more each time. But that's part of growing and evolving as a person and, dare I say, writer.
    Deb Helfrich  🐝
    02/11/2016 #1 Deb Helfrich 🐝
    It must be me, but almost every time you post, I seem to refresh my browser and your buzzes say Now! I am still living with the soup pot, unable to say anything only feel.
  8. Aleksej Durdevic
    Learn which are the essential skills every digital journalist (or a blogger) should master to get more traffic.
    Aleksej Durdevic
    Essential Skills Every Digital Journalist Should Have
    freelancetnt.com Working as a digital journalist (or a blogger) isn’t easy. There are some essential skills that you will have to master to be good at it. Okay, you have written a perfect content (or you...


    Svjetlana Misic
    30/10/2016 #1 Svjetlana Misic
    Working as a digital journalist (or a blogger) isn’t easy. There are some essential skills that you will have to master to be good at it.
  9. ProducerMohammed A. Jawad
    We, Our Grandfather and His Inspiring Talks
    We, Our Grandfather and His Inspiring TalksPerhaps, after receiving love and care from parents, children get an extra bonding love from their grandparents. After all, grandparents are like caring guardians, full of blessings and love, and always ready to inspire with their little stories...


    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    26/10/2016 #10 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #9 Jawad Bhai, your musings were my muse. Otherwise when would I ever get to talk about my elders and forefathers this way? :) Shukriya!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/10/2016 #9 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #7 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, and in fact, reading your response refreshed my memory in many ways. Indeed, the presence of parents and grandparents is both blessings and bounty. We ought to revere them, with all humility, for their love, care and mentoring. I am glad to know you had wonderful times listening tales to your maternal and paternal grandfathers :) Aha…then, the strict precepts, out of sheer care and love, that comes from them…do this, do that, avoid this, follow that…:) your story too reminded me things of past…street lights, moths immediately after sunset, petromax (that we used to light in our home when we were bereft of electricity for almost 5 years due to heavy bill). With such lovely parents, I presume that you had a lovely tutelage. Once again, thanks so much Praveen Sahab! :)
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/10/2016 #8 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #6 @Lisa Gallagher Thanks so much for counting this post worthwhile. Aha…you like my grandpa’s picture. That’s great to know. You know what? In hard times too, he used to keep his face cheery. Thanks, once again for your comments.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    26/10/2016 #7 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    That's a lovely tribute to your dear Grandfather, dear Jawad! Parents provide love, care and affection while grandparents instill truths and wisdom, through their stories and their games with the children who more or less look at them like playmates! Am glad that his strength of character and his words have stayed with you. I had a quiet, smiling and stoic grandpa from my Dad's side and an outspoken and flamboyant one from my Mom's side. Both had their own tales to tell, from the memories I have. :) And they were quite a contrast even in their complexion. The former was brown-complexioned and the latter was very fair and golden-eyed! Yes, their generation, unless educated well or endowed with family properties, had to endure a lot of hardship. My paternal Grandpa's COUSIN also called Grandfather by us, was a unique gentleman for his time. Not having the wherewithal to pursue schooling he used to tell me how he would sneak into classes, with waste note papers and pencil stubs and rubbers thrown away by other students, listen avidly, make notes, come home walking miles to sit under a solitary dim street petromax/gas lamp surrounded by moths and crickets, read and memorise; and then rub away / erase the notes to reuse that paper for many times... and finally managed to earn a place in school through sheer tenacity of purpose that was noticed by his uncle who supported him subsequently. He was a master at Urdu, Telugu, Hindi and English. He spoke English with a proper, commanding British accent and had such an amazing command over Grammar, that even higher officials used to be cautious speaking to him in English! He rose to the ranks of a Tahsildar before retirement.
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/10/2016 #6 Lisa Gallagher
    What a great story you shared about your grandfather @Mohammed A. Jawad. I love the photo. I'm glad you had many years to enjoy with your grandfather and he shared his knowledge freely. It's so nice when you have such a great relationship with family members because there's a lot to pass on to future generations ( a lot of good, that is).
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    24/10/2016 #5 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #3 @Deb Helfrich 🐝 Thanks so much for your appreciative remarks. Yes, sometimes we ought to delve into our past to recall something most prized. What matters is attitude. And our grandfather was a man of good, cheery attitude. Thanks, once again for liking this post.
    Dean Owen
    24/10/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    I also enjoyed this tribute. Perhaps it resonated because I never knew my grandfathers. It's good to have a patriarch in the family. Thanks @Mohammed A. Jawad
    Deb Helfrich  🐝
    24/10/2016 #3 Deb Helfrich 🐝
    I feel richer from getting to meet your grandfather through your memories and words, @Mohammed A. Jawad. I have seen a very similar quality in many of your buzzes - they are inspiring talks! What a wonderful time we do live in for his story now to be told virtually to a worldwide audience.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    23/10/2016 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    #1 @debasish majumder I am glad to know that you enjoyed reading the post. Sometimes, due to culture drift, we forget our beauteous past.
    debasish majumder
    23/10/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    nice post. enjoyed read. thank you @Mohammed A.Jawad for sharing such lovely post. yes, values are the precious imperative and a rich heritage we need to preserve with due care.
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    I wish WordPress would build a connection to Bebee - I also wish I could remember to post stuff.
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  12. ProducerBen Pinto

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    THE WRITER'S BLOCKI'm in the big apple, staying in a hotel not far from 42nd and Broadway. The top few floors of the hotel seem to be in disarray, windows missing, etc. I noticed this before checking in. My two friends and I chose this based on the advertised price...


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    01/10/2016 #25 Ben Pinto
    I like working last minute too, @Lisa Gallagher
    Lisa Gallagher
    01/10/2016 #24 Lisa Gallagher
    #22 Oddly @Ben Pinto, I produced my best work in College at the last minute. Yes, I'm a procrastinator ;-) I will pass on the globe, LOL.
    Ben Pinto
    01/10/2016 #23 Ben Pinto
    Of course than there are the times when I just luck out and the spell checker along with my mistype create "plea try" from what I meant as 'plenty.'
    Ben Pinto
    01/10/2016 #22 Ben Pinto
    Thank you @Lisa Gallagher. Writer's block can come easily when one feels like they are under a deadline. For some that is what it takes - the pressure. If one wants to just create for the sake of creating or to satisfy a thirst there are plea try of ways that I would suggest, using a globe, a dictionary, and a finger for one. #21 Ps @debasish majumder there I did it again, another O. Henry: 'Sake' and 'thirsty' in the same sentence. I don't really care if I am the only one to laugh at my own silliness but it makes me feel better when some people get it right away.
    Lisa Gallagher
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    I really enjoyed reading your story about the hotel in NYC. I felt like I was watching a somewhat seedy movie @Ben Pinto. I love reading stories or excellent write up's on hotels. Yes, call me weird. It helps to read about real travel experiences versus just looking at the star ratings. I've been told by a few there is no such thing as writers block but I beg to differ on that one. It's been a while since I feel like I've produced writing that flowed. Sometimes the brain can get so congested with too many things going on and it's hard to focus. I love @David B. Grinberg's suggestions/tips!
    Ben Pinto
    01/10/2016 #20 Ben Pinto
    #10 some people have walking pneumonia - I guess you had working pneumonia. Always got to have coffee with work, Karen Anne @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015. When I am that ill I usually feel a little COUGHY. Haha - O. Henry!
    Ben Pinto
    01/10/2016 #19 Ben Pinto
    #14 @debasish majumder with your incredible vocabulary size, it does not surprise me that you came to that conclusion. It is the nicest thing that any writer could say about my writing, especially as I fancy that O. Henry was probably an ENFP Jung personality and all of the quirks he is known for are mine as well. As you can see from my work background, having been a professional magician, I hope that I have in fact received the "Gift of the Magi." I believe with you blessings that I have!!!!!!!!! I also like that #15 @Donna-Luisa Eversley fancied being "caught up" in my "web" (of deceit.) I hope everyone returns to this story once I have had time to put the finishing touches throughout. This is the only way that I can work for the draft's will stay drafts forever if I strive for perfection.
    Ben Pinto
    01/10/2016 #18 Ben Pinto
    @David B. Grinberg thank you for sharing the buzz - getting @Loribeth Pierson over here, etc.
    Can you tell me how I can see what hives this has been shared to and who did me the favor (or favour for those of you way North of me or across the pond from me.) tge notification will show a hive and then say this was shared to three hives, so I can only figure the last one. #13
    Ben Pinto
    01/10/2016 #17 Ben Pinto
    Well good thing you aren't a kid and being a bee has a new meaning, honeycombing a hive is something one does virtually Kevin #11
    Loribeth Pierson
    01/10/2016 #16 Loribeth Pierson
    This was great @Ben Pinto, kudos to you! @David B. Grinberg that really was some great advice, thanks!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    30/09/2016 #15 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Ben @Ben Pinto beautiful...you had me caught up in your web.Amazing...you have hidden this side of yourself for too long. Maybe you should stay on "the writers block".. glad @Kevin Pashuk was your muse..hahaha🤗🤗
    debasish majumder
    30/09/2016 #14 debasish majumder
    the background of the scenery you have drawn having the resemblance of the stories written by O' Henry! nice post. enjoyed read. thank you @Ben Pinto for sharing such lovely post!
    David B. Grinberg
    30/09/2016 #13 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz @Ben Pinto! You got me feeling all nostalgic about NYC as a native New Yorker. My advice to cure writers block:
    1) Put down the pen, step away from the keyboard and refocus your mind on something else for an hour. Then return to writing.
    2) Obtain inspiration through the beauty and wonder of nature. This includes just taking a nice walk outside, watching the sunrise or sunset, going to a park, wandering along a water front, etc. Then return to writing.
    3) Before starting to write, do some "stream of consciousness" thinking and write down on paper whatever comes into your mind. Then pick a topic, draft and outline and begin writing.
    4) No matter how you feel about your own writing, write anyway. Remember that everyone is there own worst critic. Just write as much as you can without worry about editing, length or nature of content, etc. Then let your preliminary rough draft sit and gel in your mind for a few hours or a day. Then return to writing -- at least you will have a feeling of accomplishment for getting started.
    5) Write about topics of that really interest you, topics for which you have expertise, and topics which you like and make you happy. Writing does not have to be a laborious process if you love your topic.
    I hope these 5-tips are helpful. Here's a topic that comes to mind from reading Ben's buzz, write about why you love NYC or whatever location is sweet honey for YOU. Buzz on...
    Neil Smith
    30/09/2016 #12 Neil Smith
    #9 Thanks Ben @Ben Pinto. Training footwear is a big old hobby hprse of mine so I might well take you up on that. Cheers.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #11 Kevin Pashuk
    #8 Um... Thanks... I guess Ben. When I was a kid the "honey pot" was the thing kept under the bed in my grandmother's house that you used if you didn't want to venture out to the backyard biffy at night.
    Ben Pinto
    30/09/2016 #9 Ben Pinto
    @Neil Smith I went to you page and It was a great reminder to me how much I am out of shape. I joined the big hive that you like to post to https://www.bebee.com/producer/hive/sport-fitness
    I built a hex of a hive called Shoe Show https://www.bebee.com/group/shoe-show
    and would challenge you to post an article about the best shoes for exercising #5
    Ben Pinto
    30/09/2016 #8 Ben Pinto
    @Kevin Pashuk I have just given your original honey
    a honeypot of a plug in my article #7
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/09/2016 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    #6 My pleasure Ben.
    Ben Pinto
    30/09/2016 #6 Ben Pinto
    Thank you @Kevin Pashuk and for pollinating this into the hive "Bloggers." I am still new here, but I am starting to realize that there is great strength and value in others posting one's work to other hives. I am always on the look out for honey that has been misplaced or perhaps other bees did not know that a hive existed #4
    Neil Smith
    30/09/2016 #5 Neil Smith
    Loved this especially the receptionist. Thanks very much.
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