Theodor Seuss Geisel is best known as the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss who wrote bestselling books such as The Cat in the Hat, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!, and many others.
Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904 and passed away on September 24, 1991. Even though it’s been 22 years since his passing, he and his books are timeless.
To celebrate Dr. Seuss, Random House teamed up with the National Education Association (NEA) and together they urge everyone to participate in the annual Read Across America to read to a child on the evening of March 2. Even if you don’t have children, you can still pick up a Dr. Seuss book or two and read them. Inspiration can be found within the pages of a Dr. Seuss book.
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
Self-editing is your friend. Keep sentences short and simple. Delete words that don’t belong and avoid choppy writing. And…write for your target audience. Avoid using jargon and technical terms, unless, of course, your readers will understand them.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
Saying that you have writer’s block or can’t think of good ideas to write about is unacceptable. The best writers know that stories and ideas are everywhere. All you have to do is watch the evening news, read blogs, magazines, and newspapers; pay attention to conversations with family and friends, and read.
“I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.”
Don’t panic if you can’t draw. When you sit down to write, imagine the images in your head that you’ll want to incorporate into a blog post, article, book, eBook, presentation, white paper, report, etc. and then start writing. Go back and edit your work or have someone else do it for you.
“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
You’ll want to stay on top of the trends within blogging, copywriting, publishing, marketing and PR, and social media. However, learn to educate yourself by reading blogs, books, and magazines in addition to attending classes, conferences and workshops.
“Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”
Sometimes, you need a change of scenery to refresh you and your writing. If you write from your home office, write from a local café at least once a week. If you have a home office, consider getting an office outside of the home. Try a co-op with a group of writers. If you’re a staff writer, ask your boss if you could work from home a few times a week.
Most writers are book nuts, but it wouldn’t hurt to get out of your comfort zone. If you read the same thing over and over again, you could become bored with reading and writing. Be bold. Get out of your comfort zone and read something new TODAY!
“How did it get so late so soon?”
How many times have you begun your day at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. and then looked at the clock only to discover was 8 p.m.? Most writers work late into the night without taking a break. This isn’t healthy. Stop writing for an hour and have something to eat. If you’re feeling restless, take a 15 minute break and go for a walk. Stretch your body because it will stretch your mind.
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if people communicated what they meant to say? You can do this in your writing. Write what you want to say and mean what you write. Read your writing out loud to make sure it makes sense. If you can’t understand your writing, how do you expect a target audience to understand it?
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Some writers are perfectionists. You should care about your writing and put your best work forward, even if this means scrapping a piece of writing and starting over from scratch. While it may pain you to do so, it will make you a stronger writer.
Don’t be afraid to incorporate media into your writing; it’s a good way to drive web traffic to websites, especially social media websites. Upload pictures to social media sites such as Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, and write a catchy headline and blurb. Include thought provoking images and videos within blog posts, articles, and eBooks; you and your writing will stand out from the crowd.