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:

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

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

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

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    1. 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)

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    2. 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.

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    3. That sounds fun!

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

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  3. 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.

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    1. Maybe the complicatedness will put people off, Paula?

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

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

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

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

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  7. 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?

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    1. 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.

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

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

    Nas

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

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  11. 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 ...

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

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  12. 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

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

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  13. 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

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

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

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

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  15. 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. :-/

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