Tips for Getting Known

Tips for Getting Known: Platform – Brand - Content

Your Platform is a useful necessity for all authors whether you write essays, articles, blogs or books, fiction or nonfiction. Brand is who you are. You are your brand, built by words, images and delivering as promised. Success depends upon visibility. We communicate with clarity and offer valuable information through our websites because Content is King.
Getting Known is all about providing content of interest.
Your Platform includes all the ways you are visible to readers:
•    Communicates your expertise quickly with clarity
•    Where to find you online, books, magazines, etc
•    Optimized metadata, SEO and keywords
•    Consistent delivery of valuable content
•    Balanced creativity and business

The Essential Commonplace book:
Useful and informative content makes for great visibility, thus using a commonplace book is essential.

Have you ever lost an idea because you couldn’t jot it down? Writers have been carrying notebooks for centuries, so I thought I’d mention commonplace books. Renaissance humanists of classical scholarship began using commonplace books as a form of study and note taking.  

There’s just too much to recall and consider further later. A commonplace book is uniquely yours, a central storehouse of knowledge. It is a helpful resource to gather your notes of wisdom, impressive sayings, and practical applications. As you read, collect what pops out; capture an idea by making notes, scribbles and comments.

Let your commonplace book become your treasure store of ideas and wisdom. It will help you realize what is most important to you. Organize it as you wish, in traditional format, diagonal snippets, and vertical standout points. It’s your book and best handwritten with your doodles and diagrams. Like Melissa Donovan says, “There’s something about the tactile experience of writing in a notebook that seems to boost creativity.”

During corporate meetings, I’ve used ringed notebooks to capture significant points of the meeting, schedule and plans. I wrote every which way, no one could make sense of it but me. However, with these notes I recalled where I was, what the meeting was about and my next steps. I’m sure you have a method also.

As a source of creativity, use your commonplace book, your everyday book, as a resource for writing your next article, essay or blog post.

Helpful Links:
Melissa Donovan, Author, Coach, Teacher, Editor of Writing Forward  

Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Creative Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories. She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts.
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Suzanne Lieurance said...

I have heard of commonplace books, but I don't know much about them, so I hope you'll write more posts on this topic.

Thanks so much, Deborah.

Karen Cioffi said...

Deborah, I haven't heard of commonplace books. I do have a Workshop book, now laptop folder, where I put all my notes from workshops I attend. I also have files for story ideas, writing, and book marketing tips. I guess they're similar to commonplace books. Thanks for sharing!

deborah lyn said...

Thanks for the encouragement. More on commonplace books would be good - I'll see what I can do :)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Lol. Your commonplace book has a couple of distinct advantages over mine. 1. Mine is in many books going at the same time along with whatever might be in reaching distance that can be written on. Very scattered. I’ll try to do better. And 2. I can’t read my own! I forget to put in the details that might help me connect later. The few words sometimes serve as prompts for poetry though! 😊

I love your wording in some of this. Very memorable!


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