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That's a good plan, similar to the one I followed when I first got here. For 3 months, I didn't write any articles or make any comments. I just read and studied. Then one day, I decided what I wanted to write about, I published it, and I sought out a respected writer for pointers.
MMA has a thriving community here, and so does tennis. I do not follow MMA much, but you might want to check out King J (whom I really enjoy) and Stoker. There might be another, I will have to check my list and get back with you.
As for the Tennis Community, there are several brilliant writers that I follow over there. First and foremost is Rob York, my favorite writer on the entire site; JA Allen, who brings a poetic lyricism to her writing; Karthika M, one of the biggest Federer marks I have encountered; clarabella bevis, a very moving, passionate author; and claudia celestial girl (a scientist) & Rajat Jain, two of the best analysts you ever want to see.
Then there is Julian Johnson, who was taught by one of the best Black tennis coaches ever, and who has personally met Bjorn Borg and Arthur Ashe, among others. He's deep and he's powerful, I love his style.
So take some time and check those magnificent authors out; reading their work can help you further refine your "voice." As for me, my own style is like, "Hey, come walk with me, I have a story that I want to share," and I'm still refining it. From reading Rob's work, I am learning how to be more economical, because (as this post demonstrates! lol) I can get long-winded. I'm a bit anal and sometimes jam a bit too much into my work.
Get back with me after you have made it through those writers and I can give you some more suggestions.
I had a serious "DUH @ Me" moment. I get blinders on sometimes, because I get so many read requests, and I will queue up 8 or 10 and a time, and just read/comment without any attention being paid to the profiles. So I'm like "profile pic?" and then it still didn't hit me until I saw on a comment thread on the del Potro article that he had President Obama in his profile pic!
Anyway. . .
I think Usama has a very interesting style. Short and sweet, with a bit of counterintelligence agent mixed in, namely, even when he tells you what's on his mind, there's still the insidious "Is he being sarcastic?" question in your head at times. Very effective, and it's become a much more popular style lately. People don't always want to feel as if they're being told what to think, they just want you to point them in the right direction sometimes, and then let them decide for themselves. Usama does that quite effectively.
What sports do you follow besides tennis?
Hey man, thanks for spreading the word about my articles. I didnt even know, Conor told me the only reason he checked them out was because you commented on his article.
Thanks a lot again
Hi KC! Thanks for the link to your friend's Rafa Nadal piece. I thought it was very well-witten. It will be interesting to see how Nadal performs in his return from knee injuries. I personally believe that the Spaniard is going to wear his body out at a relatively young age. He's had numerous problems with both legs, esp. the knees. I can't see him thriving for more than 2-3 more years.
But time will tell!
Thanks again for the heads-up. Feel free to post me at any time, should you have something else you would like for me to read, or if you write something of your own!
For tennis, quick daily federer moments, you'll understand when you read the pretext.
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