This week, I logged onto my Facebook groups and found that I had been banned from commenting and posting to all groups. On first inspection, it looked to be the fault of one of two posts. After some investigation the truth was even more shocking. I run a group called Every Child Matters and I was banned for the material I had shared there. The posts that Facebook took offence to post about internet child safety and how much I love my autistic side-kick. The reason, I have no idea and you can't contact a human to ask. Facebook does not give you that information. Maybe an automated server banned me because of something innocent. It is also likely that Facebook is banning posts that protect children. It has already made a hit on the hashtag 'safe the children.'
Throughout my time writing, the question I am asked more than ever if how I have time to write as much, as I do, and bring up a family. There is not always a perfect science to writing. On many occasions, my systems let me down. This weekend, my little one turned one. I then hit the depths of writers' block and for five days I have published nothing. Unheard off in recent months.
There used to be a time when you could write a book about any topic, find a publisher and get a deal. Times have changed, the ever-growing list of self-published authors has meant larger competition. When the money is cut back, so are the books that publishers will take a chance on. However, don't let this put you off, there is always the possibility that you will be published. New authors are discovered every day. Know your genre
Effective editing can be the difference between success and failure. Mistakes are the biggest reasons that readers do not re-visit content from writers. You have one chance to make a first impression. A reader will soon be put off if the post is littered with mistakes.
Every writer has been plagued by a grammar detective. Some mistakes are inevitable, we are only human. However, you should try to adopt a good editing practice.
Do you want to know what two of my most successful posts are so far this month? Posts about Medium isn’t that depressing. Some readers read all my work regardless of what I post. These loyal souls I am more grateful for than I can put into words. The majority of new readers only want posts on Medium and it depresses the hell out of me.
When I started on my writing journey, I struggled to have time to write and read. I love writing, but not reading affected my mental health. Like many of us, I felt genuine guilt if I was doing anything other than writing. That included reading. Then I read that you needed to analyse text to be a good writer. It was all the permission I needed to get back into reading.
Over the years of writing, my reading tastes have changed. I also read many books differently. However, nothing has got in the way of the pure pleasure I feel when I pick up a book and read. My partner states she always knows when I am coming to the end of a good book, as I get grumpy. She has a point. Recently I have noticed that my reading styles have changed. I have become more analytical in everything I read. Here are my suggestions to help your reading improve your writing.