Blogging Insights — I’ve Got a Secret

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

Here’s this week’s quote. It’s from Ralph Fletcher, an American writer of children’s picture books, young adult fiction, and poetry.

“Here is the secret of writing: there is no secret.”

Well that’s probably true. Anyone with a pen or pencil and some paper or a computer and a keyboard can write. But I notice that in Mr. Fletcher’s quote, he didn’t say anything about the secret of good writing.

I think there are definitely rules for good writing and there’s nothing secret about what they are, although it’s hard to get any two writers to agree on which rules are most important for good writing. So all I can do is to discuss what I think is good writing.

First and foremost to me is that a writer needs to be proficient when it comes to grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling. Those are the fundamental building blocks of writing and without them, good writing is impossible.

Assuming proficiency in those fundamental tools of writing, the secret of good writing — especially when it comes to writing blog posts — is that the writer knows how to engage and entertain the reader. Readers want to be entertained. If they’re not entertained, they’ll lose interest and stop reading. Thus, even if the goal of the writing is to inform or educate the reader, a good writer will do so in an engaging, entertaining way.

That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #128

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photo below is from the Google Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a complex of on and off ramps at a multitiered highway interchange.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Lonely

FOWCWelcome to July 26, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “lonely.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Poison Ivy

Her name was Ivy and she was a sight to behold
She was quite decorous and her manner was bold

Her social calendar was always very full
And the parties she threw were not at all dull

Yet no one had ever heard Ivy utter a sound
Rumors of her strange silence were going around

The point of her silence was soon found out
The sound of voice was so guttural and loud

Soon former admirers her parties did shun
Her spell over the community was finally done


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (ivy), Your Daily Word Prompt (decorous), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (calendar), The Daily Spur (point), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (guttural). Photo credit: Lee Avison at FineArtAmerica.

Who Won the Week? 07/25/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for who won the week this week was a surprise, even to me. I’m going with Tom Brady. Let me first say that, as a long time New England Patriots fan, I was pissed at Brady for his decision to leave the Pats and go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. I also was pissed at Brady for being a golfing buddy with Donald Trump.

I’m not ready to say that all is forgiven, but I have to give Brady credit for, at age 43, leading the Bucs to their Super Bowl win this year. But why I’m choosing him as my winner this week is because of a few swipes he made at Donald Trump when Brady and his Tampa Bay teammates were invited to celebrate their Super Bowl victory by Joe Biden at the White House.The Bucs were the first Super Bowl winning team since 2017 to accept a sitting president’s White House invitation. Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion (six times as the quarterback of the Patriots) joked about Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. Brady stood nearby as Biden hailed the Bucs for beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on February 7th.

When he took to the lectern, Brady joked about how he can sympathize with some of the criticism Biden has received for his age. Brady said, “We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what down it was. I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing, and they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom.’ Why would they do that to me?”

Biden, who was often referred to as “Sleepy Joe” by Trump last year, responded with a smile, saying, “I don’t know!”

Brady then noted that his team’s performance took off after starting last year’s NFL season with a tepid 7-5 record. “We found our rhythm, we got on a roll,” Brady said. “Not a lot of people, you know, thought that we could have won. About 40% of the people still don’t think we won.”

Brady looked at Biden and said, “You understand that, Mr President?”

“I understand that,” said Biden to laughter.

So here’s to you, Tom Brady.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?