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I Was Not Born A Writer Yet Writing Changed My Life All Thanks To A Blog

I used to dread writing. Yet, I’ve made a full-time income from writing a blog for over twelve years (since 2006). Years before I started blogging, when I was 17 years old in grade 12, the final year of high school in Australia where I grew up, we were given a year-long writing assignment in English […]

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You Don’t Have To Be A Professional Writer. Just Be Yourself.

Have you ever written a blog post and read it back only to find it sounds nothing like your style or voice? A lot of new bloggers create a frame in their mind about how they think they need to present themselves to the world. This is especially true when starting a blog is the first […]

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How ‘Serious Games’ Can Unlock Your Success as a Writer

This week, we dug deep into getting serious as professional writers — and how sometimes, the key to doing that is turning more of your professional habits into games. One of the most common problems writers face is difficulty coming up with ideas. But on Monday, Stefanie Flaxman explored why “good ideas” don’t always produce
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3 Ways to Hone the Skill that Can Advance Your Career as a Writer

There are writers. And then there are professional writers. Over my career as a writer and editor, I’ve noticed one key factor that enables writers to perform their craft professionally. I’ve said it before, so you won’t be surprised to hear: It’s the ability to self-edit. A strong self-editor doesn’t just show up to work;
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James Clear: How The Master Of Habitual Self Improvement Became A Writer And Uses His Blog To Reach Over A Million People Per Month

[ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] There are a few people online who I genuinely appreciate as writers. James Clear is one of them. James is one of the only bloggers I know who does extensive research for his content and includes footnotes…

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Be a Bad Writer to Be a Great Writer

I wrote about writing practice last week for a specific reason. Summer is quickly arriving here in the Northern Hemisphere, and when the seasons change, I reevaluate my habits and goals. What should I stop doing (aka, What’s not working?) What could I optimize? What would I like to add to my routine? You probably
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30 Tips that Help You Become an In-Demand Freelance Writer

You may or may not know that I haven’t always been Copyblogger’s editor. For many years, I was a Copyblogger reader. I didn’t know Brian. I didn’t know Sonia. But I pretended that I did. Of course I didn’t tell anyone that … I just received so much guidance from Copyblogger that helped me position
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How to Feel Good as a Writer: an Origin Story

You may be surprised to see the lyrics in this article’s image attributed to Leslie Bricusse, because one of the most widely known versions of the song “Feeling Good” was recorded by Nina Simone (no relation to Sonia Simone). So, with no disrespect to Leslie Bricusse … Who the hell is Leslie Bricusse? Leslie Bricusse
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James Clear: How The Master Of Habitual Self Improvement Became A Writer And Uses His Blog To Reach Over A Million People Per Month

[ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] There are a few people online who I genuinely appreciate as writers. James Clear is one of them. James is one of the only bloggers I know who does extensive research for his content and includes footnotes…

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This Is How You Become a Writer

practical tips for practicing your writing

Stop. I see you, mid-eye-roll. I know you’re aware that you need to write regularly if you want to become a writer.

You might aim to write something every day, even if you don’t publish it anywhere. There’s no substitute for that type of practice. It’s that valuable.

But what do you write about if you don’t have any thoughts to express?

Some of you may now be talking out loud to your web browser to offer a rebuttal to that question, so I’m going to stop you again.

It was a trick question. If you’re a writer, there is always something to write about because of the way you view your experiences in the world.

Writers are fascinated with their experiences.

Today, I’m going to explore the outlook that helps you become a writer and how strong writing enables sharper content marketing.

Why you should write about everything that happens to you

A bee was trapped in my fireplace … Someone cut in line in front of me at the grocery store … I was stuck in rush-hour traffic

Those are the types of experiences I used to turn into stories when I first started writing. And my writing style still includes relevant anecdotes that support the main message I want to communicate.

But in the early days of my writing journey, there wasn’t always a main message I wanted to communicate. I wasn’t creating content intentionally yet; I just needed to develop my writing voice and get used to typing words on a keyboard on a regular basis.

Even if you’ve never written anything before, that is the first step to take to become a writer.

As a side effect, you’ll strengthen skills that pair well with content marketing.

You’ll discover your brand of effective content

Content with no personality looks like a dictionary entry written by an anonymous person, but content with too much personality can look unprofessional.

Both extremes will damage your content marketing efforts, but it can be helpful to use those extremes to find the middle ground of effective content.

The more you write, the more you’ll be able to recognize the difference between generic content that could have been written by anyone, directionless content, and focused, engaging, goal-oriented content.

Your writing practice builds self-confidence that helps infuse your content with the right type of winning qualities that differentiate it from your competitors.

You’ll appreciate the details that separate remarkable content from dry content

When you embrace the art of carefully crafting your stories, vagueness becomes your enemy. It doesn’t serve you. You’ll crave vivid and sensory words.

Clear and detailed descriptions stamp your content with your unique brand. In order to sculpt those clear and detailed descriptions, you’ll naturally take on the responsibility of editing your writing.

As you write and rewrite, your editing skills will help you recognize and correct common mistakes you make.

You’ll develop the empathy that produces content that connects

Be kind and gentle with yourself when you make writing mistakes. Compassion for yourself will lead to compassion for others that radiates throughout remarkable content.

I used to cringe whenever I read a piece of my writing that was older than six months. I was embarrassed and saw opportunities to make it better — or wished that I didn’t write about the topic because it no longer interested me.

Now I’m not as hard on myself and appreciate the work I produced at that time.

Also, when you write about your experiences — especially experiences that involve other people — you have an opportunity to view situations from a perspective outside of your own mind. Take a moment to see the other person’s point of view.

Responding with empathy benefits content marketers who aim to relate and connect with their audiences.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t write about an experience

Sometimes you’re tired and don’t feel like writing. Sometimes you want to do something else. But you may feel pressure to write anyway.

I support regular habits that promote productivity, but I like to view those habits with flexibility. It’s okay if you don’t do something you intended to do on a certain day or at a certain time.

That self-confidence I talked about above will also help you overcome stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed because you’ll be confident that you can handle the work you need to do. You’ll feel capable, and you’ll know your writing task will get done well at the right time, even if it’s not when you originally planned to do your work.

Surrender to the evolution

The topics that interest you when you first start writing will change.

Sometimes your evolution will be gradual, and other times you’ll change directions abruptly because you’ll want to experiment with something new.

As you evolve as a person and a writer, you’ll become more selective about your content topics, but your refined palate and discerning taste will only ripen once you commit to writing.

Viewing experiences as potential stories is one way you can get started.

Work with life

Your writing is art; it’s supposed to be indulgent. I give you permission to dissect your existence.

When you feel good about yourself and the choices you make in your life, your confidence will spill over into your content, which puts you in a better position to attract the right audience for your products or services.

Do your experiences influence your writing and content marketing materials? How do you determine what is worth writing about?

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