In trying to discover my niche outside of SEO and HP writing, I am reaching out to my beloved HP community. My question is this: when you read for pleasure and are not supporting hubbers, what is it you like to read? Techy stuff? How-to's? Funny? Informative? Fiction? Life lessons? Politics? or (what I'm leaning towards) the lighter/brighter side of life? Please feel free to be honest and add the category you are drawn towards.
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Linda, do you read any of the feature writers in the Sentinel?
Yes...Scott Maxwell is my favorite. His Facebook updates are a hoot! :)
I read him too and used to read Beth Kassab, but I haven't seen anything from her in a while. I'm thinking of approaching the Orlando Sentinel but don't know what niche to present. That's why I'm asking the question.
The three times my articles/stories were in the Sentinel was via the Editorial/Opinion/Insight pages. They requested and I delivered. I got lucky! :)
Linda, can you shoot me an email? I'd like to talk more about this.
Best answer! Woohoo! Thanks Shauna! :)
You're welcome, Linda. Thank you!
Thanx, Jordan. I think that's a little out of my league as a writer, but we should never underestimate our abilities, right?
I agree with you on the politics. I hate politics and I'm fed up with all the political crap flying around!
Randi, I prefer fiction also. What sort of articles do you read in the paper or in magazines?
I pretty much like "self-help" types. Or, something current like the the kidnapping of those three girls. You?
I like human interest or useful tips for the home and garden.
Walter, I understand. I'm much in the same boat as you. Thanx for taking the time to offer your feedback.
Thanx for your response, Dan. I'm not familiar with Neil Gaimon. I'll have to look into him.
In today's age and even before, that's often the case. Remember The Thornbirds?
Lisa, would you read a weekly feature in the newpaper that was fun and highlighted the bright side of life? That's what I'm thinking about. I'm just so tired of reading about the corruption and destruction in this world.
Sure I would if I enjoyed the person's writing style in general. (I've got quite the collection of "pure fluff" with my own writing. There's something to be said for "fluff" sometimes. :) )
I agree with you, about having little time so wanting it to be productive. However, I read fiction in my spare minutes, which I see as a productive use of my time, learning about different writing styles that I might want to emulate or avoid.
Iburmaster, I enjoy novels also. Textbooks not so much.
Thanx, duffsmom. Much appreciated!
Jim, I'm a fan of King's also. My favorite author in that genre is Dean Koontz. Thanx for your feedback.
I think you're well on your way, Anna!
Anna, paranormal fascinates me even more, after I read Tom Hellert's hub, My Out of Body Experience", as well as "PART I WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE.. or at least when I did" a few hours ago. I had an OBE once, and will be writing about it soon.
WalterPoon thanks for the suggestions, I will check them out.
Lady, you need to follow your passion. Writers are avid readers and that often leads to a passion for writing. You need to speak you passion to readers in order to be read. Additiionally,you need to wirite your passion in order to be heard.
I'll take that into account. Thank you, Diana!
It didn't sound goofy at all. You read creative works and leave creative comments, too!
That's about how I write, Aadom. I'm all over the place!
I write poetry and have published a book of my compilations. Now I'm moving onto stage 2 of my dream and am trying to determine the most lucrative avenue that feeds my creativity at the same time. Thanx so much for your comment!
Funny! Are you making fun of my choice of words?
Feel free to expound. I'm open to criticism, although it appears you are not a viable member, judging by your hubscore. Are you here to criticize and attack those who take this site and our craft seriously?
No, i simply thought it was funny to joke about it.
I am not trying to negatively criticize you, but maybe you should have been more specific in your question.
The others seem to know exactly what I was asking. Writers are dull if they are completely literate all of the time. Do you not use colloquialisms when you speak or write?
Woah, chill yer beans, bravewarrior. It seemed to me as though abt79 was just making a joke. I don't think any ill will was meant. Your words were more attacking, bravewarrior, when you got personal about a hubscore.
Lady Wordsmith, you critique is well taken. That's the problem with email and such. Without hearing inflections, assumptions are made. I apologize to you abt79 about your hubscore. Just another reason our hubscores shouldn't be made public.
I'm not sure what you mean. I don't read Nirvana.
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Interesting, MysticMoonlight. Thanx for the comment.