Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ini lanjutan dari ringkasan buku Handbook of Magazine Article Writing yang kemarin udah ku-post di sini yah. Happy reading! 

Writing Techniques and Revision 
The overview: 
- Find your focus.
- Organize your story.
- Once finished, put the story aside for a while-at least overnight if you have the time. That allows you to come back and edit it with a fresh eye.

How to craft a successful lead:
- You don’t need to start from the beginning. Tell them why you are writing this article and, more importantly, why they have to read it.
- Don’t begin your article with a definition. 
- If used well, a quote can be a very effective and eye-opening way to begin an article. 
- Use metaphors. 
- Your readers are smart and their patience is thin, so don’t over-dramatize.

Ending your article:
The ideal close should do at least one of the three things: leave your readers feeling they’ve learned something or gained some new insight; show your readers how this information impacts or relates to their own lives; and/or encourage your readers to explore the topic further. 
- Use a quotation.
- Have the last word.
- Choosing the appropriate ending often depends on your lead. The “bookend” approach revisits a word, phrase, or idea from your introduction.
- Take the idea in your final paragraph to the next level by introducing a provocative statement or question that has not been explored and is probably out of the scope of your article.
- Use a common cultural idea like “diamonds are a girl’s best friend".
- Trust your gut. Don’t be afraid to end your article at a logical place. 

Revising before submitting: 
- Focus. Ask yourself, “What is the major impression I want my article to make on my reader?” and as you reread it, see if your article succeeds. 
- Organization. Reread the article again, this time concentrating on organization. Does the piece flow? Are the various components presented in a logical fashion? 
- Style. Is my lead interesting? Does my ending bring everything together and leave the reader feeling satisfied? Does my style fit the market I’m writing for? 
- Grammar. Make sure you keep your point of view consistent. Check the spelling and punctuation. 

Writing profiles 
- Let the story come to you. Watch for lecturers at local colleges, nationally known comedians performing at nightclubs, band stopping by on concert tours, singer visiting coffee shops, bookstore signings by best-selling authors, or other special events. 
- Ask the right questions. All good stories need conflict, so structure your interview questions to bring out the conflicts or struggles in your subject’s life. For example:
1. What’s the biggest setback you’ve had?
2. What dreams do you have? What obstacles do you foresee? How will you handle them?
3. Some people criticize you for... How do you respond?
4. It must be tough dealing with life on the road. What keeps you going? What makes it all worthwhile?
5. What special memories do you have? What regrets do you have?
6. How did you get started? What kinds of struggles did you face?
Look for the passion that drives that person, and ask questions that reveal the story behind the story.
- Target your article.
- Tell a good story.
- Open with an image.
- Look for contrasts.

Working With an Editor
- Be professional. Meet your deadlines with clean, well-reported, and well-researched copy. If something is amiss with your article, let your editor know sooner than later. 
- Have team spirit.
- Know the calendar. Get an editorial calendar and propose ideas that correspond with the topics listed and the seasons.
- Be on the lookout. Whether you’re reading, watching the news, or driving the kids to school, always have the radar on for ideas.
- Discuss your ideas. 
- Take tough assignments.
- Be flexible. 
- Solicit feedback. Ask your editors about your work. 

That's all, hope it will be useful to you!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Setelah sempet batal konser di Indonesia tahun 2011, akhirnya CNBlue jadi juga manggung di sini, Sabtu (19/10) kemarin!

Jam 7 lewat dikit, Yong Hwa (lead vocal, guitar), Jong Hyun (lead guitar, vocal), Jung Shin (bass, vocal), dan Min Hyuk (drum, vocal) membuka penampilan dengan Where You Are yang nge-beat. Seluruh Boice yang memenuhi Tennis Indoor Senayan langsung ‘panas’! Apalagi setelah keempat cowok ganteng itu langsung lanjut memainkan Get Away dan One Time tanpa jeda. Habis itu, baru deh Yong Hwa yang malam itu memakai kaos hitam menyapa para Boice, “Apa kabar?” Jung Shin nggak mau kalah, dia pamer hasil latihan Bahasa Indonesianya dengan bilang, “Apa kalian senang bertemu kami?” Of course we were! 

CNBlue kemudian lanjut memainkan lagu-lagu dari mini album terbaru mereka Re:Blue, seperti Naran Namja dan Coffee Shop. Setelah bawain Love Light, semua Boice langsung dibikin melting sama penampilan keyboard solo Yong Hwa di lagu Feeling! Nggak lupa juga band Korea ini mainin lagu-lagu hits mereka kayak Intuition dan I’m a Loner.

Confetti yang disemprotkan di akhir lagu I’m Sorry seolah menandai akhir konser malam itu. Apalagi panggung langsung ditutup dengan layar putih. But we’re not getting fooled! Para penonton langsung meneriakkan “CNBlue!” berkali-kali, memanggil mereka kembali. Layar putih kemudian memutar video gambar-gambar CNBlue, diakhiri dengan tulisan “CNBlue is back”. Layar diangkat, keempat personil yang udah ganti jadi pake kaos Blue Moon pun keluar lagi dan mainin Hey You! 

Setelah bawain lima lagu encore, Jung Shin bilang, “next song is the last song,” yang bikin seluruh Boice sedih. Tapi cowok-cowok ini emang bisa banget bikin kita senyum lagi, Try Again Smile Again dipilih sebagai lagu penutup.

Setelah 24 lagu yang mereka bawain selama 2 jam, rasanya puas banget lihat konser CNBlue malam itu. Apalagi mereka kelihatan total banget selama perform, interaktif sama penonton, dan sering ngomong pake Bahasa Indonesia, hihihi. Thank you CNBlue, we really had a good time, had a good night!

Suasana 2013 CNBlue Blue Moon World Tour in Jakarta
CNBlue saat press conference (18/10)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kemarin aku sempet pinjem buku terbitan tahun 2005 ini dari kantor. Karena ini buku impor yang susah nyarinya di Indonesia, jadi mumpung bisa pinjem, aku tulis aja ringkasannya di sini. Semoga bermanfaat buat yang pingin atau lagi jadi writer majalah!
Finding Ideas 
More than paper, more than ink, more than even those annoying subscription cards that tumble out at every opportunity, magazines are made of ideas. And where do all those ideas come from? Many come from writers. So how do you get article ideas? 
- Take a lot of showers. 
- Put your subconscious to work. 
- Read everything you can get your hands or eyes on: books, magazines, newspapers, online, junk mail.
- Listen up. 
- Tap into your own experience. 
- Get to know some PR people. 
- Keep a notebook handy. 
- Doing something totally different.

When you write, you have to be a kind of expert. Here’s how to get up to speed on any subject:
- Cruise the information superhighway. 
- Read all about it. 
- Ask and you shall receive. 
- Use organizations and associations. 
Finding experts: 
- Remember the source of your ideas
- Ask other writers.
- Use a professional.
- Remember PR.
- Make a list of experts and resources, read it when you need it. 
- Cast a wide network. 

You need to be ready for the secretaries and assistants who control access to the important people. They aren’t your enemies. You need to understand that you are bringing something of value to your interviewee. You have to show this in the opening presentation. If the presentation is good enough, the secretaries wouldn’t dare not to tell the president. You are giving people free publicity, so call with confidence. 
Conducting the interview:
- Relax. It will make the source feel comfortable with the interviewer.
- Nothing will relax you more than feeling prepared, and for feeling prepared, doing your homework before an interview. 
- Jot down a list of questions that pertain specifically to your topic before the interview. 
- Even though you might know the right questions to ask, sometimes you need to know the right way to ask them. 

Avoiding Problems 
Improving your accuracy: 
- When you’re researching, gather all of your sources, like newspaper clippings, web page printouts, and library books. Consider tape-recording interviews.
- Beware of shaky sources
- Listen to your gut 
Avoiding plagiarism: 
- Always put quotation marks around any string of words taken from the text 
- Try to quote rather than paraphrase.