2017/11/17

A Short History of Writing


Writing, a Brief History

Many people have speculated about when and people started writing.  The most popular thought is that of permanently recording grain and animals, recipes for beer etc, many of these things were an important part of ancient societies and used around temples and palaces.

Archaeologists have discovered many clay tokens of different shapes and sizes in and around Middle-Eastern sites from as early as 8000 BC.  Many historians suppose that these tokens were used for counting items for trade.  It has also been discovered that the Inca Empire used quipu, a group of strings of various colours that were knotted at intervals to record their taxes and census statistics.



From these tokens came a system of symbols to symbolise words and ideas.  These earlier writings would have been pictographic and can be found in many cave paintings all around the earth.  Pictogram's are still used today to convey simple message - such road signs or even public toilet signs.

Cuneiform script was to assign a phonetic (sound) to a symbol and radically transformed how people communicated.  Many think the Sumerians used this around about 3300 BC and can be found in southern Iraq.  Scripts were found in Egypt (3100 BC), Indus Valley (2500 BC), Crete (1900 BC), China (1200 BC) and Central America (600 BC).

No one culture has been found to wholly influence the advancement of writing, many systems have been found around the world and all sound unique, but all play a key part in enabling us to communicate through writing.

Figuring Out Ancient Texts

Sadly the ability to read ancient manuscripts has been lost.  In some cases the ability has been regained through the process of studying archaeological treasures.

The Rosetta Stone, discovered by French soldiers in 1799 during Napoleon's invasion, has helped decipher many Egyptian hieroglyphs.  Discovered in the small village of Rashid Egypt this relatively small stone slab as carved an inscription in three different languages and scripts - demoic script, hieroglyphs and ancient Greek.  Inscribed is a decree given in three different languages passed by the general council of priests throughout Egypt on the first anniversary of the accession of Ptolemy V Epiphanes King of Egypt 27 March 196 BC.

With comparisons to other monuments, scholars such as Thomas Young and French Physicist Jean-Francois Champollion could easily identify the names found in the hieroglyphs.

Alphabets and Syllabaries Revealed

Many early scripts were found to be syllabaries (such as cuneiform or Linear B).  Simply put these manuscripts were written in syllables.  This kind of writing required lots of signs and very few consonants.

The Egyptians used a lot of pictogram's showing a lot of complicated consonants, but weren't able to cope with writing any vowels.

A script was developed in Phoenicia using a handful of signs and was used from 1400-1200 BC.  In the first millennium the Israelites, Phoenicians and Canaanites used 22 signs.  All of these were consonant scripts with very little vowels being used.

The Greek alphabet was invented as early as 10th or 11th century BC, having signs for each consonant and each vowel, with about 25 signs in all.  This enabled them to write a lot more clearly and very much like we write today.

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2017/11/15

Writing a Successful Blog Post in 20 Minutes


Writing schedules can be hard to grasp sometimes, trying to write a blog post that's both unique and contain useful information, can sometimes seem like an impossibility.  The secret to writing a good blog post is putting your own stamp or spin on the chosen subject.

In order to post articles frequently you need to be productive and efficient enough to have a flow of information already in your mind waiting to be written up and posted online.  Putting aside 20 minutes per day or even once a week to write an article can seem like a chore sometimes, but the real problem lies in finding what works best for you.

Ascertain Your Productivity



Groundwork for any writer is work out when they're at their most productive.  That may include whichever part of the day they work best in.  Day or night?  Does your routine include music in the background or TV gently playing as you write your blog post.  If you're not sure what your own personal capabilities and limitations are try running some simple experiments.  Try gentle music or TV playing the background.  If that one doesn't work try complete silence.

How much work can you do depending upon the environment you're in?  You might think that writing with loud music in the background is really distracting, some people can be more productive this way.  Try and set yourself a weekly routine.  If it doesn't work tweak it until you're more comfortable.  You'll quickly discover when your most creative and your natural ebbs and flows.  Making your blog post writing much more enjoyable.

Refine Your Creativity

When you go through periods of writer's block you begin to understand how simple tasks can seem really hard.  This can often lead writer's to burn out and nothing being done for weeks or even months.

If you have a set schedule of blog posting, it's important to keep to that schedule, otherwise your readers can be confused and disenchanted.  You need to be able to keep their attention and keep them interested in order for them to read your blog.  I've said this in many of my previous blog posts that simply carrying around a notebook, can help you capture thoughts that may not come into your at a later date.  From these simple thoughts you can craft and build your blog post the way you want it.

Writing a 20 minute blog post means that your generating a well written article with concepts and delivering them efficiently.

Applying the Right Format

We're living in the age of the lazy reader i.e. people who no longer want to get their information from books, but instead want to switch on their mobile phones or tablets and Google their information.  People like their information to be easily digested and of good quality.  So find out what your readers want it give it to them!

Many writer's (myself included) will usually use bullet points or numbered points to break down relevant information.  This is a great way to make a blog post scanner friendly and hold your readers attention.  Also by writing around 500 words per post, this gives your readers intensely focused content wrapped up in valuable information, without taxing the minds too much.

By focusing your efforts and improving your content process you can have a writing routine that works for you and your readers.

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments about your blog post writing routine.

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2017/11/13

The Easy Guide to Writing: Everything You Needed to Know But Were Afraid to Ask


Are you a writer?  Not sure where to start writing online?  This quick guide is for you.
"Practice makes perfect".
Follow my list and start writing today!  Find inspiration with these writing exercises:

Dealing With Writer's Block

6 Tips to Stay Focused When You Write

Find Inspiration with these Writing Exercises

5 Ways to Keep Writing When Life Gets in the Way

How to Stay Fresh as a Writer: 10 Ideas to Start Your Originality

Quick Guide to Writing 2000 Words a Day




Make a Living Writing

How to Make Writing Your Business

The Benefits of Writing on Hubpages

Discover the Websites that Pay Writer's $50+

How to Write About What Your Love and Get Paid

How to Write About What You Love and Get Paid

How to Write for Revenue Sharing Sites and Earn a Passive Income

Becoming a Ghostwriter

Article Writing Know-How

A Simple Guide to Writing an Article in 30 mins or Less



10 Signs You're a Writer at Heart

20 Writing Do's and Dont'ts

Perfect Tools for Writer's to Use Everyday

Step By Step Guide to Writing Online Articles

Why You Should Make Writing a Regular Habit in Your Life

8 Simple Proof Reading Tips

6 Essential Points for Proofreading

Why You Should Use a Thesaurus and Dictionary More Often

Writing Inspiration

20 Inspirational Quotes from Famous Authors

8 Best Writing Blogs for Writer's

Why It's Good to Take a Breather from Writing

20 Writing Do's and Don'ts

10 Curious Workplaces of Famous Writers

"Just Write"

"Just Write" Best Advice for Any Writer

Become a Better Writer: Dealing with Criticism in 4 Steps

Why It's Wise to Write Well

Why You Should Write to Be Scanned

15 Ways to Write in Plain Language


2017/11/10

Why You Should Use a Dictionary and Thesaurus More Often


If you're looking for simple tools to help with your writing, look no further than a dictionary and thesaurus.  The most basic and cheapest of tools each of these books will help improve your grammar and punctuation in no time!

What is a Dictionary

An assembly of words in one or more particular languages.  Listed alphabetically, providing the meanings, definitions etymologies, pronunciations of words.



History of the Dictionary

Much deliberation over the world's first dictionary, some say 2300 BCE in modern Syria, others say 3rd century BCE China.  Best known and used dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary published in full 1884 and then in full after 50 years in 1928.

Word Order and Numbers

Words are listed alphabetically.

With about 500,000 words and more than a half a million technical and scientific terms.

You can also find specialised dictionaries in fields such as business or science.

What is a Thesaurus

Words are grouped together depending upon their similarity or meaning, sometimes synonyms and antonyms.

History of the Thesaurus

The modern thesaurus was developed by Peter Mark Roget first published in 1852.

Word Order and Numbers

Words can be listed alphabetically or conceptually.

The biggest thesaurus holds more than 920,000 words.

Exclusive thesauri have been created for retrieval of information in science systems, for indexing or tagging purposes.

When You Should Use a Dictionary or Thesaurus

You can use a dictionary to look up words you don't understand, or the context to use a word in.  You'll discover details of the meaning, definition, usage and etymology of the word.

A thesaurus will supply you with similar or alternative words (synonyms), along with contrasting words (antonyms).

Prominent Publishers

The most used dictionaries are Oxford English Dictionary, Chambers, Merriam Webster and Collins.

The most well-known thesaurus is Roget, and sometimes Webster.

A Brief History

There is much deliberation as to what form's the basis of the first dictionary.  Archaeologists have found bilingual words lists from the Akkadian Empire located in Modern Syria of 2300 BCE.  Arabic and Chinese dictionaries have also been found.  Robert Cawdrey, a school teacher called a table alphabetical in 1604 but that was thought to not be very accurate.  The most trusted modern English language dictionary was Samuel Johnson's and was around for 150 years up to 1755.  Then came the Oxford English Dictionary.

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2017/11/08

Start a Blog With These Five Essential Tips


Was there ever a time before blogs?  It's pretty difficult to remember what it was like not having the internet.  Blogging has become such an integral part of our society today, where would we be without them?

Nearly every company or celebrity has a blog, blog's are the starting blocks to the world.  You can vent all of your daily frustrations or create a whole new character to share with the world.

If this all sounds very new or foreign to you, but also very interesting, I'm going to show you how to start one.


1. Recognize Your Chosen Topic

What would you like to write about?  Every blogger asks this question at some point of the start of their journey.  What are you passionate about?  Do you like animals, fashion, painting?  You might have a product to sell.  Blogs come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  There's no one size fits all.  You need to know what your blog is going to be about.

Take some of these points into consideration:
  • Choose a blog topic but do your research and find out the aspects of that particular subject.  A good example is my blog topic, writing, that entails not only writing but also blogging and self-publishing.  I could narrow it down even more and go into making money from each of these sub-headings.
  • When you decide on your subject make sure you like what you're writing about.
  • Once you've chosen your subject start thinking about how you're going to establish yourself as an authoritative voice on that particular subject.  
2. Choose the Right Platform

There are numerous platforms to choose from, not only Blogger but also WordPress.

Many bloggers choose the WordPress option because they like the platform and its themes.

You have two options with WordPress:
  1. Hosted
  2. Self-Hosted
Self-hosted offers you more options for customization.

3. Select Your Domain Name

Some points to think about when you're choosing a domain name:

  • Choose a name that's easy to remember
  • Choose a name that you can easily brand
  • Choose a name that search engines such as Google can easily find

4. Start Your Blog

Keep it simple, pick a theme that feels right for your own purposes.

Once you've customized your blog you need to start thinking about what to write about.

5. Start Spreading the Word

The next step is to get people to come read your blog.  You can do this through various means, not least search engines, social media etc.  You need to start figuring out what your daily plan of action is to keep your traffic coming.

You need to be dedicated if you want to be a blogger.  If you want to make a living out of it you need to plan ahead and make sure you know where your income is coming from.

If you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear them.

Happy Blogging!

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