Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Secret

A secret is something that's kept, or intended to be kept, from most people. You might think the meaning of the word isn't a secret, but switching on the television or picking up a newspaper or magazine will soon show how wrong you are. Almost every day someone will be offering to share their secrets of success, beauty secrets, reveal whose secret love child they are etc etc.

Here's a top tip, if you want to keep something secret, don't give the details to the papers, or TV reporter. If you want lots of people to know, then what you're offering isn't a secret - it's a tip, piece of advice, comment, item of gossip or most frequently a blatant publicity stunt. (Maybe I should have picked cynical as this week's word?)


34 comments:

Wendy's Writing said...

The only way to keep a secret is... don't speak!

Maggie May said...

This has just given me an idea for a children's story. But I'm not going to let you in on the secret.

Paula R C Readman said...

Thank you once again for your links, but I have three comps on the go at the moment. I like to idea of the xmas one but you are right about it being a bit complicated.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good point - if you share, it's no longer a secret.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Lol. Very good point, Patsy. Personally I'm sick of hearing about beauty and dieting secrets at all, secret or not. ;)

Maria Perry Mohan said...

That's a fantastic prize. Most writing competitions have a hefty fee and then the prize money's not that great....

Linda D said...

Secret is one of those words - along with new, amazing, unique and improved - that have no meaning at all when advertisers use them. But your post has got me wondering. What's the maximum number of people who can share a secret before it becomes common knowledge?

Julia Hones said...

Not at all.
I'm glad you found it useful, Patsy.
I will let you know if I know of any more contests.

Editors At Work said...

Secrets are meant to be kept close to your heart. Tips are meant to be shared!

Nas

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You are so right about those 'secrets', Patsy! Thanks for the Best link, will study it later.

TracyFells said...

Thanks for not keeping the Best competition a secret, but omg the rules were so complicated I've had to read them at least 3 times and may have to back again ...

Patsy said...

Or write, point, wink ... actually if you have one you might be wise not to tell me, Wendy.

Patsy said...

Good luck, Maggie. I hope you'll let me know more about it when you're ready (I do understand you not wanting to before you have it written)

Patsy said...

Maybe the complicatedness will put people off, Paula?

Patsy said...

Egg zack er lee, Alex.

Patsy said...

Me too, Rachel.

Patsy said...

I've come across a few like that lately, Maria. I didn't enter them.

Patsy said...

Yes, advertisers are the biggest culprits when it comes to abusing the word, Linda.
Can't answer your question - depends on the situation, I guess.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Julia.

Patsy said...

Well put, Nas.

Patsy said...

Make yourself a cup of tea first, Ros.

Patsy said...

When you've worked it out can you explain it to me please, Tracy?

Annalisa Crawford said...

And the beauty 'secrets' aren't even things that no one else knows about yet - they're more like a list of things people already use/do correlated into one list.

Hmm, maybe cynical should be next week's word lol

Teresa Ashby said...

That is so true, Patsy! :-) x

Patsy said...

Ah good, you're a fellow cynic, Annalisa.

Patsy said...

Glad you agree, Teresa.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - all links must help others so much .. and great you've linked over to Julia for the poetry one ..

Cheers - happy writing .. Hilary

Maggie May said...

It was about a fairy who lost her wand and a goblin who wanted to fly. He helped her find her wand and she gave him wings. But it was only for our writers' group homework and it is difficult to find a place for children's stories. However, for anyone wanting to send something off, November Writing magazine has some websites for children's stories your readers might like to look at.

Lexa Cain said...

I love putting secret-keeping characters in my stories! They're a great way to up the tension and keep the readers interested. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Lol I was thinking about this too lately. Especially since the newspapers proudly proclaim our rugby team's secret plans for success.

Guess they assume the Kiwis and Australians are illiterate. :-/

Patsy said...

I do hope the links are of interest to people, Hilary.

Patsy said...

Characters with secrets sound much more interesting than celebrities revealing non secrets, Lexa.

Patsy said...

Maybe it's a double bluff, Misha?

Patsy said...

That sounds fun!

You're right there don't seem many markets for children's stories, Maggie. Good to know WM has the answer.