Week #1 – Nuts and bolts of emerging trends
On Monday, we talked about distinguishing between trends and emerging trends. The difference has to do with time. I place limits on emerging trends because of their rapidly changing nature. Trends within the current calendar year count as emerging whereas trends in the previous year are simply trends. Today, your job is to list reasons why you should follow emerging trends.
Creative Idea Gal’s Thoughts
Perhaps the single-most important reason for any writer to follow emerging trends is to make it easier for them to spark some creativity in their writing. There is also the aspect of education, knowledge, and ready-made firelogs for conversation starters. Those are just a few good reasons why I like to stay on top of emerging trends. You may have others!
Tips on How to Spark Creativity in Writing
- Tip #2 – Watch television as you wait in line or run errands
Nowadays, it seems that television is everywhere. I wait in line at WalMart and there are t.v.s. I go to the recreation center for my daughters’ classes and I see the news channel turned on. Televisions are there at every car repair place and even in waiting rooms at doctor’s offices! Basically, t.v.s are everywhere.
It’s not all a bad thing, though. No matter what channel happens to be on while you’re waiting to do something else, I can guarantee that you’ll either be entertained, amused, or informed. You’ll walk away with a good feeling or a new piece of information that may just get those creative juices stirred in the right direction.
Emerging Trends on Twitter
Here is a sampling of yesterday’s emerging trends based on Twitter hashtags:
#declareconf (August 9 conference for Christian women bloggers in Irving, TX)
#Mumma April (April Tucker is the mother of singer Trey Songz)
#framel (Youtube user Framel200 and character on MTV show “Catfish”)
#Drew Storen (Nationals baseball pitcher who made bad moves)
Writing Prompt 077
Prompt: List reasons why you should follow emerging trends.
- Step 1: Before answering the question (and the prompt), do some basic research on emerging trends. Anything strike your fancy?
- Step 2: Emerging trends mean different things to different people. Why do you suppose writers could benefit from emerging trends?
- Step 3: List reasons why you should follow emerging trends. Try not to be industry-specific in your response.
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Amanda M. Socci is the creator of this unique 10-month training program providing writing prompts to nonfiction writers. Amanda is a diehard creative and an aspiring book author, currently blogging a book on faith, A Slice of Faith, on a community website. Visit Amanda’s blog. Follow Amanda on her journey to book publication. Like A Slice of Faith on Facebook.