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Posted by on Apr 13, 2015

I’ve been working on the editing of what I hope ends up being my second “real” book. I’ve got one book on leadership out there, over to the left along with an ebook and a seminar.

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My second book will also be leadership related. It’s going to be a compilation of some of my earliest newsletters and early blog posts on the subject.

It’s actually completed and been through the second draft; I just need to decide when to pull the trigger and how I’m going to do it. The first edit was pretty tough to do. The reason it was hard is because I started out writing for my business in one way, and over time I started to find my voice and my rhythm and started writing much differently. My present writing style developed from trial and error, and I think it’s much more conversational.

This doesn’t mean that every person will like my style, but at least it’s mine. Every person that writes blogs has a certain style, and that’s a good thing.

I say that because some years ago I tried writing for what’s known as an “article farm” named Demand Studios, which works hard in trying to put everyone under the same strict guidelines as far as style is concerned. It’s confining and, though they didn’t see it at the time, leads to some very poorly written content. When they took a significant hit with the first Google Panda update they had to reevaluate what they were putting out.

Do you have a style? Is it any good? True, I did say that it’s best if people write in their voice but people also have to evaluate if their voice is, well, good in print. There are some people who can tell a great story but can’t put it down on paper, and the reverse is true as well.

I always figure that’s why it takes some people hours to write a blog post whereas I can usually write one in 10 minutes or less. All of us might have ideas that come to us the same way, but we put it down in print differently because of how we process what it is we want to say.

Still, if you do something enough times you’ll develop a style that hopefully you’re comfortable with. My thoughts have always been to never wait for perfection because you’ll never do anything. Get in there, start writing, and let the chips fall where they may. Be brave because fortune favors the brave; now where have I seen that before? 😉

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Once I have the idea for the post, I simply write as I would say it aloud to some friends, I moderate if some non vegetarian stuff is to be included. That is all.
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April 13th, 2015 | 8:25 PM

LOL! I moderate if nasty vegetables get ready to come out of my mouth. Those and bugs. 🙂

April 14th, 2015 | 12:33 AM

I usually write a 1000 words post in about 2 hours time..
Write post in 10 minutes is exceptional and only Mitchell can do that, I guess 🙂
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April 16th, 2015 | 7:30 AM

LOL! I’m sure I’m not the only one who can do it Thyrone, but I like being one of those types. It’s slower if I have to research something of course but since a lot of what I write is opinion, even if based on my own tests, it just flows fairly nicely.

April 16th, 2015 | 9:36 PM
Splash Cannonball:

I write for the psychology aspect. I truly feel that though there is now video and image in today’s world, writing is still an effective means of communication that must be crafted in a precise way for it to be emotive.

February 23rd, 2016 | 12:38 AM

Hey, that’s what you wrote me on Twitter! lol I fully agree, although I really don’t take time to think of crafting as much as I just developed a style that fit my personality and, from time to time, tweak it just a little bit because I’d like to say that I’m always willing to improve… even if I’ll only listen to myself. 🙂

February 23rd, 2016 | 12:45 AM
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