Quote of the Day

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts.
 
Sam Harris

Quote of the Day

The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.
 
Laurence Olivier

Quote of the Day

The world is a complex place, and the influence of the media in its representation and its power of communication and interpretation is a remarkable amplifier of emotions, and of illusions.
 
Tariq Ramadan

Quote of the Day

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. Then look at, or think of, the person triggering this emotion: With mindfulness, you can see that they are unhappy, that they are suffering. You can see their wrong perceptions. You can see that they are not beautiful when they says things that are unkind.
 
Thich Nhat Hanh

To write or not to write?

To write or not to write?

I have not watched the news lately, I find it depressing and all together wrong. There in no longer any investigative journalism left in the world before a station airs something. I know that some “breaking” news needs to be covered instantly, but are we really better off with all this news, all the time. I say it is wrong because we do not report on the things needing to be reported on. We are too focused on the negative side of the news, instead of news that warms the heart. Now I know to keep ratings up, some companies think they need to feed into the fear aspect of people to get us to watch. This is a very powerful emotion to get us to tune back in, but it is not the only emotion that they should prey on. I say prey, because that is exactly what they are doing. They are preying on our base emotion of fear to misinform us. There is always two sides to a story, and when you are instantly reporting something, you only have one side, so they are not getting the correct information to us.

I have also noticed the news is like a broken record or the directions on a bottle of shampoo; repeat and rinse, repeat and rinse. I mentioned earlier I hadn’t watched the news in awhile, truthfully, it has been since the beginning of November. They were talking about how the Republican party was holding up Congress and not allowing for bipartisanship, the failure of the website for the Affordable Care Act, and President Obama’s poll numbers. That was almost a month ago. With the holiday season well under way, I thought I would tune in today to see if there were segments about the wonderful people who help donate their time to the needy this time of year, and what do I see? Republican’s strangle hold on Congress, the failure of the website, and Obama’s numbers. Really America? This is what we think is important news. Has anyone told these companies most of us get our news online these days?

Now you are probably thinking, what does this have to do with writing?

Everything.

Content is everything when it comes to writing. You have to know when your audience will stop reading, or in the case of the news channels, turn it off. I did not have the news on for more than 5 minutes, before I chose to listen to music and start writing about it. I realize that not many people read my blog, and it maybe because of the content, but I am trying to find my voice and see what actually reaches the readers. Give something personal of yourself, make sure your content is enjoyable, informative, and appealing, and add pictures. I have heard all of these things when it comes to gathering a following. I can see the merit in all of these attributes, and I will admit, that is scarier than marketing. How can I tell if what I write is enjoyable, informative or appealing? I am my hardest critic, nothing I write is ever good enough for me.

I am going to start something new in my blogs, I am going to be asking for comments to see if anyone will help me improve myself. Not just my writing, but the personal Troy. Feel free to ask anything, and I will incorporate it into my blog.

Happy writing everyone.