During the entire month of April, I'm participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. The alphabet will be my motivation, though the content of the posts will be very similar to what regular readers are used to. Check out the link for more amazing bloggers, and enjoy April!
I've worked in technology for...more years than I care to count this morning. And for a lot of that I've worked in marketing. Even though they change from month to month, buzzwords always exist. Teambuilding, rightsizing, talent pools, the list goes on and on.
Buzzwords are kind of like trends, but not quite. And they permeate other aspects of my life as well. Like..writing. Ever heard this before?:
- I love your voice/this needs more voice!
- This first page doesn't quite hook me/This first page really has me hooked
- Vampires/Angels/Mermaids/Gods are really out/in right now. Be careful of the oversaturated market
- I don't care about your MC yet. Make me care.
- This is so gritty and real/this just doesn't feel real. Make me feel it.
Voice, hook, trends, caring, feeling, etc, etc, etc.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's all important to keep in mind. But out of context and/or given by itself, it doesn't mean much. I know something like 'voice' is hard to define. Loving a writer's voice is kind of like loving chocolate. Some people do and some people don't.
I just think it's important for us to know what buzzwords mean before tossing them around because we read them in a forum or on a blog somewhere.
Which buzzwords have you caught yourself using because they've become part of that month's trend in online writing advice?