Different Flowers, One Meadow
Celebrating Earth's Diversity
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Digital technology and the Internet have made it easy to access information on just about any topic. This saves time and gets stories out to the masses faster than ever before. But how do you know the material in your story is true? Your credibility as a writer depends on accurate, current facts based on evidence and reliable sources.
The following list contains important points that every writer must consider if you want to be taken seriously, especially if writing non-fiction.
- Credibility is more important than getting the story out faster than the competition. This point was made clear in the movie "The Paper" when an over-zealous editor insisted on running a front-page story that had not yet been thoroughly checked for accuracy. She went head-to-head with a senior reporter who decided to stop the newspaper production (expensive and time-consuming) to wait for the truth. Never compromise accuracy.
- What is source of your information? How reliable is the source?
- What is the agenda behind your source? To convince others? To sell something?
- Look at the word choices used by your source - are they sound or sensational?
- Do any of your sources contain back-up quotes or testimonials by other credible people?
- Are there any conspiracy theories behind this information?
- If you write about the sciences, were true scientific processes involved? Check the research carefully noting who funds the research and what is their mandate? Is there a paper trail that proves claims about the research?
- What experts were used to back up the info you want to share?
- Is the source connected directly to the subject? How?
- Is there other supporting evidence that backs up the point you are trying to make?
- What qualifications does the source have? You can't be sure unless you check.
- Have peers reviewed the material you are planning to use in your story?
- Have you provided links to credible sources that back up your story? Are the links current? Remember to check them carefully.
One last point: If you have published something in error, be up front about it. Don't just correct it and say nothing. Your credibility as a writer depends on your willingness to be open and honest, even when a mistake has been made.
These are some of the items I learned when studying journalism/public relations at Lethbridge College. Our credibility depends on our follow-through skills; even a misspelled name can affect how seriously we are taken as writers. Fiction must be made plausible too, by thorough research and accurate background information.
Check everything out, never assume anything. Your credibility as a writer will be rewarded.
Thanks for stopping by to read today's Insecure Writers Support Group post. The IWSG is a group of writers from around the world that posts on the first Wednesday of each month. Our goal is to share information, ask questions and support other writers. For those of you who may be interested, the link is provided below.
Have a great day!
tags: responsible journalism; writing the truth; don't believe everything you read;
|Posted by Val Fox on April 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Have you entered Into The Zone lately? You know, that state of mind where you become focused on a task and the flow of energy makes everything come together even better than expected, the best possible outcome.
Some refer to being In The Zone as on a roll, in the groove, tuned in or on fire. The Verbal Dictionary describes In The Zone as a state of conciousness where our skills perfectly match our perceived performance.
We can get Into The Zone through a number of different activities. Examples might include:
When I ________, I get Into The Zone.
run write swim laps
listen to music read work in the garden
hike in the mountains re-build my car
photograph the ocean
ride my horse
Researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said we can recognize this state of consciousness by the joy or even rapture one feels while doing the activity.
While this kind of flow is similar to hyperfocus, the latter can sometimes inhibit progress or focus. Examples could be video game addiction or too much focus on work to the detriment of one's health. But for many the phrase is an idiom with positive implications.
What does being In The Zone mean to you? How do you know when you're In The Zone?
Noise level lowers/rises
We stop or increase talking (depending on our focus)
We become more productive We get more creative.
We feel content - even joyful We enjoy what we're doing
Time goes quickly
There's another positive result when we're In The Zone. We often lose self-consciousness, thereby allowing our full potential to shine. If you have any thoughts about being In The Zone, your comments are always appreciated.
This is the final blog for the April 2014 A-to-Z Challenge. Thanks to all those that visited, commented or joined this website.
I'll be back soon with more images, stories and music as we continue to explore Earth And Its Inhabitants.
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This post is about word choices and the power they hold to trigger a reaction from others. Read the following items.
It happened without warning.
He went wandering out there alone.
I was wrong.
Why do you never listen to directions?
The weather report issued a warning.
What I think doesn't matter.
We need to talk.
Where are the kids?
Will you sponsor me?
We're out of water.
You'd better watch your back.
Did you have a reaction to any of these statements? What does our reaction say about others..about us? How does the context alter the meaning we get? Is there a word or phrase that triggers you each time you hear it? Words evoke a response even when it is not visible.
Words - The letter "W"
Thanks for stopping in as we head toward the finish line of the April 2014 A-to-Z Challenge where bloggers write almost every day of the month while following the letters of the English alphabet.
Welcome to this site's newest members!
If you have any questions or would like to submit photos/guest posts click on the Contact Me button on the right side of the page. I'll look forward to hearing from you and will return tomorrow with the letter "X." Have a nice day.
tags: Choosing the right words; saying what you mean; what did I SAY??; getting the message; how is your delivery; writers use words to carry a message; word choice and politics; using words of diplomacy;
|Posted by Val Fox on April 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
We live in an area of Canada where the Southern Alberta sky stretches far in all directions; a view that also includes about 160 km (100 miles) of jagged snow-capped mountains about a half-hour's drive west.
The Rockies are always present yet they change throughout the day depending on the season, wind direction, precipitation and where the light shines. Immense cloud formations often swirl around the peaks, creating vistas that make you want to stop what you're doing and look. Sunsets leave vivid silhouettes that seem to celebrate the heavens.
On a clear day you can view stormclouds gathering 100 km (60 mi) north, plenty of time to assess direction, but speed can be deceiving. The sky of Southern Alberta displays a blanket of glittering stars and thick ribbon of the Milky Way on an inky, moonless night.
We once watched the wide,orange glow of a massive forest fire burning to the south in Montana. And, the tell-tale white of a grass fire sends everyone scurrying when strong winds blow in with no warning. They howl through the Crowsnest Pass carrying moisture that falls onto the mountains, leaving warm, dry air (Chinook Wind) to warm the prairie landscape.
Winter creates fog banks and mirages to test our perception. Once we gazed outside and saw the LDS Temple located 19 km away (13 mi) shimmering high into the sky. It was a mirage created by the cold air and bending of light. We've witnessed flickering pink and green ribbon dances of the aurora borealis; once it glimmered directly over top, crossing in two long quivering spotlights reaching high into the atmosphere.
Summer features knee-high, rolling grasses like ocean waves, splotches of color paint the rolling prairie: purple burgamot, pink prairie smoke and sticky geraniums. Gold and green foothills sprinkled with tiny eight-story wind turbines, the glow of the nearest city 80 km (50 mi) away, and the distant glare of a fracking site catch the eye.
Coyote and fox; white-tail and pronghorn; bison and moose; raptors, pheasant and sage grouse, robins and loons; horses and cattle, badger, muskrat and weasel are just some of the area's inhabitants that travel the vistas.
The vast displays of earth and sky delight the eye and feed the soul. Do you have a favorite vista that inspires you?
The Letter "V"
Thank you for coming; I'll be back tomorrow to feature the letter "W." Bye for now.
Photos © Val Fox
Prairie wildlife; east of the Rockies; Southern Alberta sky; diverse landscape of Southwestern Alberta; Alberta scenery; Southern Alberta sites; Southern Alberta photographs
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