By: Traci Kenworth
Making Your Post Meaningful
“…Creative work becomes more meaningful the more it conveys our truth. And in our lives overall, an understanding of what is meaningful to us provides us with purpose, clarity, and intention.” ―
How often do you sit down to write a blog post and find yourself searching for something with meaning? Perhaps you feel you’ve written every topic to exhaustion. The truth is you can always find a different spin on everything, and when you write it from a place of purpose and enthusiasm for you, it will have meaning for others as well.
What Topics Pique Your Interest?
For instance, grammar. Is it important? A must for the writer? As I heard in a podcast recently while studying How to Write a Bestseller 3.0, the structure is essential, but so is getting to the point where you begin to break the rules. Of course, you have to know the rules before you do so. Once you do, though, you can experiment with how to play with them.
Many writers feel they can’t develop something interesting to write about in a blog post. Try looking at a photograph. You just have to keep examining the edges and probe deeper until you find what ignites your idea. It might be the shadows in the background. The way the kids are running across the lawn. Memories can take us back and pull forth a snapshot to kindle possibilities.
Reading books, dreaming, sitting on the shore on a sunny day; any of these can produce that teeny tiny seed of an idea. Then you let your creativity and imagination go to work and watch it blossom into a new post.
You Learn, You Write, Readers Respond
What do you enjoy learning? What piques your interests? Whatever you are curious about can entice you to learn more about the subject and then write about it from your perspective.
I loved learning about the Western Reserve tract of land in Ohio, as I’m from there. I discovered more about my ancestors, where they came from, and where they intended to go, along with their hopes and dreams. All of that can go into different stories, articles, or blog posts. The possibilities are endless.
Maybe science is more your thing. What can you tell us about it? Which particular offshoot of it do you like, and then develop it into an educational post.
If a subject or topic means something to you, the odds are that someone else out there will find it just as enjoyable. You’re not the only one fascinated with nature or tides. Or ancient civilizations.
Inspiration is Everywhere
Look at the various shows on TV or the movies. There are all kinds of fare for the viewer, just like books. We all like something different. Not everyone likes the Avengers or superhero movies, believe it or not. Others are bored by drama, and Rom-coms are not to everyone’s taste. Even children’s fares can irritate parents if they sit through it more than enough times. Some can’t get through it for the first time.
The more you approach a post with your interests, the more you might hit on something that resonates with others—for instance, creativity. I heard in a recent podcast that everyone has a bit of creativeness in them, whether it’s art, gaming, writing, or knitting.
There are more than enough angles to come up with something that means something to someone. Or more than that, as I said. Even television shows and movies have fans who can find something to interest their readers. I know one writer who uses the Avenger movies to explain how stories do or don’t work.
Research Enhances Your Meaning
If you’re just starting out, you may not think you know enough about anything to write about it. That’s when you research your subject. You can also talk a bit about your life if you feel comfortable. What brought you to writing, and how you’re progressing, learning, and getting more experienced as a writer. Believe me; many writers go through the stages of thinking they don’t know what they’re doing or what to say on the page. You learn through experience—through digging.
Reading helps you tremendously. Just feeling the author’s world pour over you and diving into the characters at hand inspire you. Your favorite books can alert you to a blog post you can write about or do a review of that book that inspired you to write.
Maybe you examine the characters and whether they work or don’t work. Anything can trigger a topic. You take that and dig as deep as you can. That’s where a post comes to mean something. You’re putting in the effort to know your subject and what you think. Not everyone loves Gone with the Wind. Do Rhett and Scarlet define true love? What about Jack and Rose on the Titanic? Should there even be a love story amid all that tragedy?
You may not know much when you start, but the more you write, the more you learn. There’s something about stringing words together that just goes down to your soul. You feel the urge to write that story you’ve dreamed about or imagined for so long. Those are the posts that have meaning.
Meaning – Anywhere, Somewhere, and Nowhere
Even if you start small, your post will mean something to someone. It may just be you at first. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when it’s written and published. And then, when it gets favorable comments or views, you know it was a success on several levels.
Every entry into your tool kit will prod you to go further, to discover more. We learn by doing. No excuses.
You can do this. Just pick something and run with it. The more you do something, the more you’ll learn to open up. And opening up is good for writing. It’ll connect you to your reader. When you pay attention to what has meaning for you, you’ll be amazed at all of the ideas you have during the day – they can come from anywhere, somewhere, and nowhere.
Writing those posts will not only inspire you but others. They’ll look forward to reading what you have to say more and more. While you’re growing your writing muscle, remember, not only will it bring in readers who know you but those who don’t.
When you hear encouraging words from strangers, it boosts your confidence. You’ll stretch further to keep those comments coming. Everyone likes to know they’re making progress, and each published post is progress; you’re bringing new readers to see your post.
Soon you won’t have to guess whether or not your post means something to others because the commentary will give you your answer.
Bio: Traci Kenworth
Traci Kenworth writes all genres of YA as well as the occasional historical romance. She lives in Ohio with her son, daughter, and four cats, chasing snippets of whatever story she’s working on at the time.
She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Writing saved her during a dark period in her life.
She is forever grateful to God for this way out of the darkness and into the light. That’s the type of hero/heroine she writes about, survivors and those they love. Her writings show others a way back when they think everything is lost.
Her character’s stories give the reader that most welcome gift – hope. Some other things she enjoys: genealogy, riding horseback, and, of course, reading.
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