‘Detours’

Ever watched “The Amazing Race?”

As I was thinking about this week and what to write here I found myself thinking about that program. We used to watch it almost every week!

It was a simple plot cum idea, just twelve teams usually of two would set off on a race round the world. Usually there were a number of ‘legs’ that the teams had to navigate and each team usually had to have some form of ‘game plan’ to work to right? Just like we have to have if we really want to achieve our dreams, we need a game plan. That’s what we’ve been talking about in the last couple of weeks, but there were other things in the race that kind of made it fun!11235804_1079400622074946_6831596756861173236_n

Detours

Remember them? They were the little things that Phil the creator used to put in that the teams had to deal with, usually something related to the country that the people were in and that could have an interesting effect on the race.

If a team got it right and got through the detour properly they gained a lot and even sometimes moved towards their goal of finishing the ‘leg’ faster than the rest, but played badly they could become a nightmare and the team would be the one disappearing from the race.

“Everyone can write!” I bet you’ve heard that before. It’s true we all learn to actual act of writing in school, and some of us are even good at doing it with really neat handwriting, some even learn to use computers and can type out on a computer keyboard (hey, when I started we were still using typewriters and tippex! remember that?” but is that really what they mean?

Yes everyone can ‘write’ in that sense, but if you want to learn to ‘write’ in a way that people are going to love the stories you write then it’s time for a detour!

Yes you heard me right, it’s time to take a detour from writing that ‘blockbuster’ and next movie script.

I’ve had a couple of ‘detours’ in the years of learning how to write, actually this blog is a part of those detours as I discovered that part of actually getting people to read  your stories is to get them to read your writings on a regular basis. (Am I being successful? It’s probably too soon to tell, but you’ll have a better idea than I will anyway). Each of those ‘detours’ was a place that I learned a lot from

Copypress is a great place to start

There’s a lot of ‘badmouthing’ that you’ll come across about the ‘content mill’ in some parts of the net, and the truth is a lot of it is warranted, but some of them are totally outstanding and if you want to really learn how to ‘write’ then I can’t recommend CopyPress highly enough! (even as I’m writing this I’m seriously considering going back to them as it really was so rewarding, but at the moment I work a sixty hour week with my regular day job so I’ll ‘hold off’)

How about free lessons on how to write creatively. Would you be interested?

‘Faithwriters’ is for those who love to explore writing from a Christian perspective

Here’s another site that I enjoyed so much and benefited a lot from by working through some of the modules that are free. Faithwriters have some great resources that I really enjoyed and have decided maybe it’s time to take another look at!

‘Detours’ are only a hassle if you let them be! Truth is they can be great learning tools that teach us so  much about where we eventually want to be. So how about it, are you ready for a ‘detour’ in order to get to your destination both better equipped and quicker?

What about you, have you found any of those detours that now, when you look back you see they had a great benefit to you?

Let us know below.

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