Why I Love Platform University

“If you want to be a nonfiction author, you’ve GOT to work on building your platform?”

Photo/CCWC.workshopI perked up when I heard the word “platform” mentioned for the umpteenth time at my first writing conference.

Building my what? I didn’t expect this advice at a “Christian” writing conference. In fact, I didn’t even know what the workshop leader meant by “platform.”

Hands popped up all over the conference room, asking questions about “building a platform.”

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Just Write!

How’s that book that you’re NOT writing coming along?

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I rarely, if ever, blog about someone else’s post. I don’t know why—because a lot of my writing friends and connections write outstanding posts that offer many helpful resources and ideas. So, I hope to write more about the articles and books that inspire, encourage, and inform me.

Today, I’m sharing a post by Jeff Goins, “The Totally Boring Process of Writing a Book.” Jeff’s post really hits the target for me while I’m writing a book.

Writer. As a writer, I’ve always struggled with transitioning from research to writing.

Why? I give many excuses. 

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Exploring the Interview Process with Dr. Lourene Thaxton

Dr. Lourene Thaxtor, Adjunct English Instructor, National Park Community College, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Do you seek fresh ideas for writing? Would you like to find a historical context in which to incorporate a fictional theme? Are there questions about a way of life or a generation of persons about whom you might wish to explore possibilities for writing?

Come explore the value of personal and professional interviews with Dr. Lourene Thaxton and the Village Writers’ Club on Monday, October 24, at the Home Plate Cafe, 5110 N Highway 7, Hot Springs Village.

Perhaps techniques for conducting the perfect interview could be the next idea to remove writer’s block for you! Aside from revealing valuable information within the interview itself, conducting interviews may open new means of personal contacts for the avid writer.

Dr. Thaxton, a professional educator for thirty-eight years, has taught nearly every grade from Kindergarten through college level. She developed a passion for writing while teaching sixth-graders. “The writing process for adults is much the same as for adolescents, but the subject matter varies.”

While working on her dissertation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Thaxton interviewed professors at the University of Kansas as to their techniques in designing curricula in modalities for critical thinking. She currently teaches in an adjunct capacity in the English Department at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has two married children, four grandchildren, and a bulldog named Giselle.

Village Writers’ Club members and guests will enjoy an informal read-around at 11:15 a.m., sharing their prize-winning pieces or works-in-progress, followed by a “Dutch treat” lunch at noon and Dr. Thaxton’s program, ”Exploring the Interview Process,” from 1-2 p.m. Reservations required; contact Joyce Anderson—(501) 922-9077. For more information, check out Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club online at http://www.villagewritersclub.com.

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Do you have any questions about the interview process for Dr. Thaxton?

Welcome to My World!

Karen Jordan Website

www.karenjordan.net

I thought I’d post this recent online conversation that I had with my older brother, Tommy. I received this message early this morning, as I began my writing day. I realized by my bro’s comments, that most people don’t really understand the life of a freelance writer in this information age. So, maybe my answer will give you a glimpse into my writing life. 

Hey, can’t you sleep? I notice that most of your postings are either very early or “twittered” while your one the road. LOL Ya’ gotta’ relax and enjoy the ministry… it’s not “go go go, fight fight fight, win win win”… It’s 1 Thess 5:16-23. love ya’

Hi Bro,

Hmmm … Do I justify my work as a writer or ignore your comment? [Btw, you are kinda cranky with your broken ankle! What’s with that?]

Anyway, to tell you the truth, most of my blog posts are scheduled posts for my blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories. I can publish them immediately after I write them. Or I can write several of them, and schedule a time for them to be published. This saves me from having to think about blogging every day. For instance, the ones for this week are all “guest posts” that I received from my publicist, Kathy Carlton Willis. They are part of  KCW Comm’s “blog tours” that promote other Christian authors, their newest releases, writing conference, or writing/speaking/ministry organizations. I use these “guest posts” so I won’t HAVE to write a post every day. I also hope that they will encourage or help other writers.

As for the “tweets,” the scripture you see posted, some are “tweeted” from a daily Bible verse e-mail that I receive from KLOVE radio station daily devotionals. And sometimes, yes–I do read my daily devotionals early in the morning or late at night. That’s my “quiet time”–when no one else is calling me, texting me, or asking me to justify my internet or writing activities.

As for the posts “on the road,” I use severals apps on my phone for that—like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, or LinkedIn. And I can also post photos that I take or places I visit with the different apps on my phone. In fact, I just recently downloaded a new app that enables me to write a blog post from my phone to my newest blog—Karen’s WAVE (Writer and Village Explorer)—where I plan to write about writing and exploring the Village. So, even when I’m exercising—like walking a trail in the Village—or attending a church service, I can write a quick post that includes a picture.

So, you see, Bro, what you see online is simply evidence of me exploring and utilizing some of the new technology that is available to writers (and non-writers) in this information age.

Welcome to my world!

Karen

P. S. I think I’ll post your question (and my answer) on my new blog!

Village Writers Club

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I attended the first meeting for the 2011-12 season at the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club. The meeting began with several members sharing their prize-winners or works-in-progress. Then, we enjoyed a great lunch from Home Plate Cafe. Before the business meeting, published authors–Janet Holt, Dr. Larry Enders. Linda Black, and Elizabeth Carroll Foster–discussed “Publishing:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”

Our next meeting in Monday, October 24. Dr. Lourene Thaxton, adjunct writing instructor at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, will present “Entertain the Interview.”

Writer and Village Explorer

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Exploring Nonnie's Backyard

Welcome to Karen’s WAVE! I called this blog Karen’s WAVE (Writer and Village Explorer), because I think that might best describe me at this point in my life. I’m a writer, and I just moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. So, I’m still exploring the Village right now.

New blog. I’ve wanted to start a new blog on WordPress.com where I could start fresh, writing on any subject that happened to be on my mind. I think this will be a good way to tear down the writer’s block that seems to get in my way at times. But I haven’t figured out all the features of WordPress.com. So, bear with me on that. By the way, if you have any WordPress suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Random thoughts. On this new blog, I can write about the things that are on my mind–whether that’s faith, family, writing, photography, exercise, diet, or nothing at all. In fact, this post might seem like my endless rambling. But if you knew me at all, you would know that I tend to get distracted at times. And sometimes I don’t even finish my sentences or thoughts. Like now ….

Bad language. So, if you want to come along for the ride, I’d love to chat with you. Just leave a comment. But please, be sure your comments are not crude, rude, or obscene. I’ve got children and grandchildren, you know.

Online links. By the way, you can find my website at http://www.karenjordan.net and my other blog at http://blog.karenjordan.net. But I’m warning you, I’m revising all my online sites at all times–so beware! That’s just part of being a writer, I guess (constant revisions).

Fav quote. I’ll end this post with a great quote that one of my favorite writing teachers, Dr. Sally Crisp, at UALR (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) shared with me: ‎”Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” (Ms. Frizzle, Magic School Bus).

WAVE!!! [I’ve gotta find some clip art for my closing! Any suggestions?]

Do you have any suggestions for a new WordPress blogger?