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The Write Stuff: A Blog Contest!

penkeyboardThe Universe has been around for a little under 14 billions years now, and the Earth came to be about 4.5 billion years back.

Therefore neither will suffer or even notice if we step back for a moment and take a look at something else.

Since you’re reading this now, it’s likely you’ve read some of the other blog posts I’ve put here.

So how exactly do they come to be?

I’m glad I asked, and I’m happy to share the answer.

First, and this is by far the most difficult part, there has to be a topic. I am absolutely horrible at finding these, even within a given range of subjects. Fortunately, Joe isn’t.

From there, I take over. The next step is to pick a direction. Without that, a typical entry would probably be a long string of meandering gibberish.

Moving on, there’s the planning and rough outline, which occur entirely in thought. This is not as hard as it sounds, and is the stage at which the key points are established. Some of the wording also starts to occur here.

After that? It depends. If typing, step away from the keyboard. If using paper, put the pen down. Take 5-10 minutes to pick out some music or put in your favorite dvd – don’t play it too loudly – and get something to drink (I often go with tea). Then breathe for a moment.

Now it’s back to the desk, beverage in hand, to begin the writing. This is the actual placement of words – the fun part. There’s a lot to consider here, as a good amount of information needs to be presented in a short space. Most of the blogs here are intended to take less than one minute to read, yet still make sense to anyone and hopefully inspire everyone.

So how do I know when to stop? Simple. I let the entry itself decide. When it does, the whole thing gets polished up and a fitting graphic or picture is picked out to go inside it. Conveniently enough, this is also about the time the cd/dvd is done and the teacup is empty.

This is when I save and send it off for Joe and Tracey to review it. This is also when any recommended changes get looked at and made, if necessary, and the publishing date and time are programmed in.

The whole process, from beginning to end, usually takes up between 1 and 3 hours.

So why not give it a try?

Pick out a topic you enjoy. You might be surprised what happens when you let your hands express what your mind thinks.

In fact, I’m so sure that you can come up with something great that I’m going to make a contest out of it. Take a shot at writing a space-related blog entry yourself, email it to me at sshurtleff@photostospace.com by April 1st, 2013, and the winner will have their writing published on the site as one of our tri-weekly blog entries.

Write.

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