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A Writing Idea To Benefit All

24 Oct

003Good morning my friends and Happy Thursday to you!  What’s happening this fine, foggy morning? Are you in the mood to write? That’s like saying are you in the mood to breathe?  Duh!

So I’m kicking this idea around and I thought I would bounce it off of all of you. I’m going to write an article next week about this idea, but this will be a trial balloon to find out your thoughts.

I have been waiting until I got a new digital camera to try a new series of articles.  Well, on my birthday, Bev made me shriek like a little girl when she gave me my present and it was a new Nikon.  Now that I don’t have that excuse any longer I guess I need to move forward with my idea.

I want to head out on the road and write about a different town in western Washington each week….well, maybe not every single week, but on a regular basis. My Washington travel articles do quite well on Google, and I enjoy writing about the state that has been my home for so many years, so why not write a regular series of articles and then try to pitch them to magazines?

I would call the series “Backroads of Western Washington Featuring…….” And then the name of the chosen town.

Now that’s all well and good, but that isn’t the main point of my idea.  What if many writers from many states did the same thing, with the same first part of the title….Backroads of Western New York, or Backroads of Southern Florida….you know what I mean?  Wouldn’t that increase our chances with the Google gods, and wouldn’t that be a great pitch when sending queries to magazines, that your article is part of a nationwide “Backroads” series?????  You wouldn’t have to write every week; you could write one each month, or one every few months; it would still be part of the series and be effective.

So, what do you think?  Tell me in your comments and thanks for your input.


“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
Mattie Stepanek

See how I tied the quote into my writing idea? Clever, huh?  LOL


Build your platform doing things like this proposed series of mine.  The more you can collaborate with other writers, the more your name is out there to be seen, found and recognized.  Show diversity, try new genres, attempt new tasks.  It is all part of a master plan.


The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction contest is underway; submissions will be accepted through December 31st for short stories up to 10,000 words.  Only a five dollar entry fee and you can find out about it here.


My writing buddy Rolly from up north suggested this site so I thought I’d pass it along to you. It’s a writing program called Scrivener and you can find out about it here.  For those of you who write novels, this is a great way to organize your research and writing.



You know what to do. Give me 200 words using all five senses about this picture. Have fun with it and stretch your limits.


Give me your thoughts on the travel article idea. I’m going to do it regardless, but I’m curious if anyone else thinks it’s a good idea to piggyback on each other’s articles. We could link to each other and maybe start something fairly big.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”