It’s a good time for my second installment of Blogging 101-Professional Writing Tips: Find YOUR Angle
With the passing yesterday of Oscar de la Renta, I scrolled through hundreds of articles about him, his life, his work, photographs and I thought but what does this mean to me, what did I feel upon hearing this news, what is my unique angle, my story to tell.
“Mortality’s edges, via a stranger’s death perhaps, can sweep in towards the longer-married couple and awaken those repressed fears,
those unsaid things, but it is in those moments we have the opportunity to cherish,
to reevaluate, to reboot, if you will.” Kathryn Colvard (aka HauteAngel)
HACKS vs. PROFESSIONALS
As a fashion blogger, on the rise (from your luscious lips to God’s ears) I hope, of course it matters to me that an iconic designer has passed away and no more will his genius grace the runways. But everyone will write about that. All journalists will grab stock photos and put it in their blogs, articles, blah, that’s boring.
OFFICIAL TANGENT: Go back to my first tip….grab the reader with your title! I was thinking for some reason of Madonna’s song entitled “Vogue”, and I knew I’d seen her in a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown.
In the song, she sings about Greta Garbo giving “good face” and there you have it, “He gave good gown”.
FIND YOUR ANGLE!
Do I yet have the privilege of going to amazing runway shows? No, but I hope to. I don’t hob nob with the likes of Anna Wintour, karl Largerfeld or Donatella Versace (yet).
Anna Wintour and Oscar de la Renta
But I have worn one of Oscar de la Renta’s fragrances, Rosamor, for many years and I’ve been married for a long time (29 years). de la Renta had been widowed and remarried his second wife Annette in 1989. She was devoted to him and he had battled cancer since 2006.
It is rare to have one good marriage in life, but two. He was a man truly blessed. I am a woman truly blessed. I loved his fashions, love that fragrance, love my husband. That’s my angle. Oscar gave me a special fragrance and we share/shared a commonality in our marital devotion to our spouse’s that few people nowadays can boast.
When you write any article, write from your heart and your readers will feel your honesty.