Hello readers! The time has come! Please insert a long, echoing cry of “has come!” there if you so choose.
Those of you that are long time readers of the site? You know what this is, and you can probably safely skip down to the comments section to get typing. But those of you that are more recent wanderers of the information superhighway that have come to rest at this humble rest stop might be wondering what the deal is with a post titled “Topic Call.” In which case, read on! And prepare!
See, Being a Better Writer has long been a feature of this site. In fact, it predates it, going back to when I was answering writing questions that were being written in to me from across the web by readers of my work that enjoyed it and realized I might have something to say about their own writing questions based on what they were seeing.
Well, they were right. What began as private messages on internet boards quickly ballooned and blossomed (because once word gets around that you not only reply to PMs with writing questions but with solid advice born from years of experience, you will be flooded with messages) to a weekly guide to improving one’s writing that has now run for—let me check a time-stamp—eight years.
Sands and Storms, that’s a lot of articles.
Anyway, in all that time, Being a Better Writer has never stopped responding to reader requests.
Which brings us back to today! Over the years the system has improved and refined … but also in some ways stayed the same. Case in point: The little list of topics written on a sticky notepad page that sits on my desk. A page that right now, is largely blank.
See, as this week’s BaBW post mentioned, its topic was the last one on the current sticky note. Topic List #18. Which means that once the post was completed, I crossed the topic off with my pen, checked the list to see that everything was complete … and then balled it up and tossed it into my garbage bin, unveiling the “in progress” Topic List #19 below it, which I quickly titled.
What does this have to do with you, reader? Why everything! BaBW still holds to its origins with so many of its original articles coming from questioning readers. I myself have put topics on the new topic list—and we’ve got some interesting ones coming—but true to tradition that list is open to being filled out by you, concerning topics that you would like to hear about on writing. I’ll continue to add topics of my own, but if there’s something writing related that you want BaBW to bring up? Now is the time to let it be known!
So hit the comments below and start commentating! Tell us what you want to hear discussed on Being a Better Writer! Is it a topic we’ve not spoken about before? Is it something we have covered but you’d like to see discussed from another angle? Something that’s a third option entirely?
Post below! It’s time to put it on the list!
And if you can’t think of something now, well that’s fine! You’ve got all week! And next week as well. Just bookmark the page and come back before say … next Friday. Give yourself some time to think it over, come up with a good topic or question, and then leave a comment.
Then, visit Unusual Things every Monday, and keep an eye out for the Being a Better Writer post that answers your question.
We’ll see you then.