They're here I'm there. I'm guest blogging today at www.WritingPlayground.blogspot.com, part of WritingPlayground.com, a terrific place on the Web for writers -- published and yet to be -- to hang with other readers who love "the craft," as well as romance. Our Bella Playground Monitor, aka Marilyn's one of em', so give her and the Playfriends a warm Bella buongiorno (and ask em to tell ya what BICHOK means...
please... It’s the Playground Monitor here, acting as spokesperson for the Playfriends of the Writing Playground – five writers thrilled to be sammiched between chickens and black lace, and who are always happy to be invited to RBtB. We’re blogging today about writing and “writing.” All of us put pen to paper (or BICHOK as the case may be) to create fiction. The other Playfriends have all submitted novels to major houses, Angel and I are published in short fiction, and we’ve all been published in non-fiction. But we write in our day jobs as well.
Angel sells people. Actually, she owns a resume writing service and uses words to describe a person and their ability to perform a job.
Instigator writes business documents and proposals for her employer, and since these are often the only contact they have with customers, the writing must shine or the customer will go elsewhere. She’s also trying to teach the company’s project managers and schedulers how to write. That’s a gargantuan feat since most can plan a grocery shopping trip so it’s something akin to a space shuttle mission but can’t write a proper sentence.
Smarty Pants is a technical writer (and so was I before I retired to become a kept woman – who am I fooling? I keep house, keep the laundry clean, keep us fed, etcetera). Sitting in a windowless room with a locked steel door, SP writes instructions for equipment that she’s never used and sometimes never seen, and they have to be simple enough that Average-Joe-off-the-street could walk in and follow the directions. If she tells you more about her job, she’ll have to kill you.
Problem Child is an English teacher who writes sample essays to prove to her students that her assignments are *not* impossible. Even her emails are letter-perfect because she has to set an example. She’s also her family’s designated complaint-letter writer; mail carriers need asbestos gloves to handle her more acerbic complaints.
While reports and resumes and essays (oh my!) may not require the same imagination and talent that a novel does, they, too, can require a little creativity at times. But all writing requires clarity of thought, organization, good grammar, and proper spelling. The ability to communicate effectively through writing is important in every aspect of life--not just between the covers of a book.
To take this to its logical conclusion, aren’t we all writers? Sure, some of us write fiction, but consider the other things – the thank-you note for a gift, words of condolence in a sympathy card, an email to set up a lunch date or a carefully crafted blog comment.
What do you write in everyday life – either in your job or in your personal life?Michelle, ever the honorary Playfriend, is blogging on our site today (http://www.writingplayground.blogspot.com) so please bop on over, say hi and search for treasure there as well. We put new sand in the sandbox (and checked to make sure no cats had been there) to get it ready for y’all. Today’s forecasted high is 93, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen too.
Scavenger hunt questions:
1. What’s the theme of our current website contest?
2. Which two Playfriends have recently been blessed by the house fairy and sold their homes?
Please email your answers to all four questions, with the word HUNT in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Two winners will be chosen to each receive a 12-pack of romances and a beaded paperback thong.