Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
One of our recent contributors to my latest post, Ruth Finkenbinder, got me thinking. How do I write an interesting blog? I am not necessarily witty like Nels but I want to contribute good info.
So here are a few pointers that might head you in that direction. Read on, you just might like some of the ideas. Think of it as a free workshop on writing.
Ernest Hemingway, one of my all time favorite authors used to say the best way to get over a mindblock about writing was to just write the simplest sentence you know.
It could be like, "The darn cat ate my lunch."
This then begs the question, first, how did the cat get in the refrigerator, and second, what did he think of it? You see, it gets things going.
Another simple lesson from my early days of journalism, was the use of the "Five Ws and the H."
This stood for "where"' "what"' "when"', "why"' and "how".
If you could answer those questions in your lead paragraph it would give a lot of info consisely, and easily lead into other things.
So for example if you were coming back from the Dunedin Art Harvest show last weekend you might start off like this.
"Just finished Art Harvest in Dunedin last weekend, a two-day show with a Friday setup. A lovely show held on the grounds of a local art center that is put on by the local art league, now in its 22nd year. I decided after bombing at Halifax for three years and never getting into pensacola, that I would give it a try. Boy am I glad we went..."
There it is all in one concise paragraph. Then it leaves you multiple directions to go on. You can talk about setup, awards, sales, artists you saw, how it compared to other shows you have done recently. I hope you get the drift.
Most of us are not blessed like Barry Bernstein who can type with one toe and give more meat than an All-You-Can-Eat at Porkys. Or Munks just let
s Bill the Cat, his eager alter ego write for him. Me its all about pre-meditation--no tequila needed.
When you are driving back from a show that is the perfect time to think about, organize and picture what you want to say. When you get home write a brief outline of topics that are important to you to tell us about--it is just that simple.
Another way of getting into the mode is to think how you would tell about the show if your best buddy, like Terri causey was listening.
You might say, "Terri, I was at Dunedin last weekend, can't get in Pensacola. You should a seen the lowend stuff go by my booth all day. More "art on the stick, They were killing them."
When I was driving back from Pensacola, an eight-hour drive, I knew right away how i was going to start my blog using the "Pufferfish" as my opening. Then one thing lead to another and I had it.
Nobody, especially if they are uncertain about writing, nails an absolutely perfect blog, but who is keeping score. The more you write, the easier it will come.
Remember, keep it simple and expand like a conversation with your best friend and you will be amazed how things will pour out of your subconcious--and we all will be the better recipients for it.
And of course it never hurts to have a little glass of bubbly, or a good wine, or even a great cocktail at your side. I know Hemingway always did and I learned from the best of them .
Well I hope this little primer helped. Love to see more info and insights coimg from some of you "lurkers" out there. Aloha, Nels.