I have already taken care of one of my resolutions – to attend a realtime workshop to help me focus on my writing and get better at it…
The Anita Paul Realtime Mastery workshop was not cheap, nor was it easy; it was, however, enlightening! I learned about “unstacking” my writing, how to differentiate between prefixes and suffixes and many other great things.
What I liked about it was it was something that was meant for all reporters – no matter what their realtime skill level. If you WANT to learn, this is a program for you. Whether you’re a neophyte with turning on the computer and getting a feed just for yourself or if you’re hooking up to attorneys, there’s always something you don’t know or wish you could do better.
We had a nice group of folks (mostly from Florida – hey, it WAS in Orlando, after all) and we interacted very well. We had some breakout groups, some cheerleading, some practice testing, and just general classroom learning and sharing of experiences.
I’ve determined that my first course of action in the realtime regard is changing how I write my terminal punctuation – I’m going to eliminate stacking by changing my period to P-P (preponderance is now P*P) and my comma is going to be W-B. I’ve already started to use it, and IT WORKS!
Keep focused on your goals and you’ll be amazed at how you progress!