(New here? For more information about growing your blog revenue and the goals of “Well-Written Wednesday”, see here.) This week’s tips on writing come from Jaymie at Snacks for Max. Jaymie is a social media publicist for Author Solutions, and she has one toddler son. Jaymie’s uses her blog primarily to review children’s books.
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We had Max’s 18 month check-up last week, and I about choked when I read the Development Milestones title: “Mr. No”. How did they know that’s all Max has been saying for the past 3 weeks?
You see, I was smug, up until 3 weeks ago. Our child rarely told us no. In fact, if you asked him 10 questions, you’d get 9 yeses to each no. That didn’t last. Now, our world has flip-flopped. The little one’s default answer is now negative, and momma’s attitude is now not always positive!
For instance, we went to a neighborhood Halloween party Saturday, so we dolled Max up in his duck costume: webbed orange slippers, bright yellow bodysuit, and duck-billed hood. He’s been practicing his quacking for, oh, the past year, and he learned to flap his wings reading Down By The Cool of the Pool, so we thought we were set.
Little Mr. No quacked not once, for one single party guest. “No!” he told me repeatedly. “No!” he told our neighbors when they begged for just one quack. Sigh.
The next morning I remembered a tool that could help. I’m not sure if it was the duck outfit or the nos, actually, that reminded me of Witzy, but boy, isWitzy Says No perfect for a momma at her wit’s end!
I’ve reviewed a Witzy book before, so you might be familiar with the little duck and his animal friends. In this Witzy adventure, the fowl decides it would be hilARious to answer his friends with nothing but No all day. They ask him to play catch; he says no. Fetch? No dice. Race? No way.
Witzy’s friends finally trip him up when they tell him all about this wonderful picnic they’re about to have and they ask him, “You wouldn’t want to miss it, would you?” Touche!
The book reminded me that 1) Max thinks he is silly rather than bad when he says no and 2) if Momma is creative about how she asks her questions, she can still get the outcomes she needs!
For these reminders, Witzy Says No deserves 5 snacks:
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Five reasons this editor thinks we can take tips on writing from Jaymie’s post:
- She starts with a personal story instead of jumping right into the review.
- She unsuspectingly and seamlessly transitions into the review.
- Her images coordinate with her post – Max and Witzy are both “ducks”.
- She summarizes the book concisely but it’s still intriguing.
- She has a consistent way of reviewing products (books) and she uses an image and term that coordinates with her blog theme (snacks).
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