Creative Work, Blogging, Writing and Resistance

Writing on the Web

Everyone encounters resistance when it comes to blogging, writing, and creative work. When it comes to doing work – putting words on the page… or electrons on a screen – you can’t escape getting stuck. Work requires you to actually do something.

5 Simple Ways to Write Better Emails

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It might be a tough thing to consider, but, by some estimates, six percent of our total working time is wasted , simply because we have to wade through murky writing. Writing subject lines is, of course, an art. Want to get better at writing shorter emails?

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You Need to Work on Your Writing

Aberdeen CMO Essentials

Having read that John Maeda considered writing, not coding, the true “unicorn skill” that designers needed to cultivate, Ken wrote a response. As he puts it, “Our finest works of literature remain, now as ever, our best writing instructors.”

The 24 Best Online Writing Tools and Apps

Webbiquity

The upshot of all this is that content marketing success relies on great writing. Here are two dozen tools to assist with everything from improving grammar and avoiding cliches to writing better headlines and more readable text. Works with English and most European languages.

Why Writing Like You Talk Works Better for Your Brain

Writing on the Web

Works Better for Your Brain" alt=" Why Writing Like You Talk Works Better for Your Brain" />. I don’t have a million dollar research grant, but let me share what I’ve learned as my writing has adjusted. This style of writing allows you to engage more personally.

How to write 3,000 words every day when you don’t feel like it

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Since a lot of you out there are also creating content for a living, I want to show the major ideas that help me write hundreds of posts and up to five novels a year. She often ended up writing the essays herself because she didn’t want me to fail.

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Behind the scenes: How to write a business book

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It is my best book, perhaps my best work of all-time. How I write books The main idea — The most challenging part is coming up with an idea that is truly different and exciting to my readers. It’s “old school” but it works extremely well!

Four Strategies to survive automated writing and content bots

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Automated writing! Essentially, computers work for free, all day, without breaks, illness, or vacation time. A strategy for surviving automated writing. If you want to survive the robot-writing apocalypse, there are (at least) three paths of safety: 1.

How Authentic is Your Blog Writing?… And,How Do You Write Authentically?

Writing on the Web

But how authentic is your blog writing? And, how do you write authentically, anyway? Let them know what kinds of people you work with, and how long you’ve been helping them. The problem is that when you try to write authentically, it’s difficult to know what exactly to do.

How to Make Remote Work Actually Work

Hubspot

One of my favorite things about working remotely -- which I do a few times a month -- is the freedom to get comfortable. When I work from home, I'm usually find myself in one of three positions: sitting up at the table, laying down with my laptop, or buried in a pillow avalanche on my couch.

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10 Great Writing Books & Tools For B2B Content Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

Below are some great classes, books, and other resources for B2B content marketers who want to hone their writing skills. Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, by Ann Handley. Yes, this is a creative writing book , but hear me out. Work Flowy.

Back to Basics: How to Write Effective Headlines

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Your heading (headline, title) is the single most important thing you write on the Web,” says Gerry McGovern in his book Killer Web Content. Today, let’s take a little time to give headline writing the attention that it warrants. How to write an effective headline.

The Anti-Blog Post to Writing Better Blog Posts.

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I don’t always like his work, heck, I often don’t even understand it. But there’s something magical about the way he writes. Everything he writes comes from him — his one-of-a-kind experience — the way he sees the world. I can’t read your blog.

Unusual writing advice from a person who shouldn’t give writing advice

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I constantly strive to create a more compelling writing style. If we humans want to compete, we must establish an entrancing voice that bonds people to our writing. And it worked. I’m rid of my horrendous writing (English teacher: “Mars, you make too many mistakes.

Does Native Advertising Work?

Content Standard

Instead, I write an inspirational article about the cutting-edge value of contemporary widgets and throw in some stuff about hipsters using them now too. For those who are unfamiliar, let me explain: imagine your team is working with a journalist to create your next native ad.

Success Secrets of a Writing Career: WOOT & WOOF

Writing on the Web

WOOT & WOOF" src="[link] width="226" height="300" title="Success Secrets of a Writing Career: WOOT & WOOF" /> Some say success for a writing career is a question of attitude. There is no secret ‘law of attraction’ for achieving a writing career.

Use the Science of Emotion to Write Better Headlines

ScribbleLive

Perhaps the most famous is Robert Plutchik’s wheel of emotions: Writing in the January/February 2001 issue of “American Scientist,” Plutchik presented this visualization as a means of describing the “relations among emotion concepts, which are analogous to the colors on a color wheel.

Is Your Content Writing Appealing to Thinkers AND Feelers?

Writing on the Web

Is your blog content writing appealing to both thinkers AND feelers ? When I’m blogging, I like to cite studies whenever I write about a concept, to prove my point. In The Collected Works of C. So when I write, I picture my reader.

How to Write Headlines That Get Shared And Drive Traffic

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Well, good headlines don’t have to be hard to write, but every extra minute you can put into making them great will pay off. That’s why old-school copywriters – of the postal mail era – spent half their writing time on their headlines. Write 25 headlines for every one you need.

How to write your first speech

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While crafting your talk, it might help to write it out. Even if you never go back to the script, writing it out helps to (a) find the ideal language and (b) determine what doesn’t fit, given the time you have to present. By Tamsen Webster, {grow} Community Member.

The Death of Copy Writing

Tomorrow People

Work with content that connects across all the relevant marketing channels to create one strong strategy. The first step to making your copywriting work harder. Is copywriting really dying? After all, it plays a central role in creating a company’s brand and credibility.

Lifehack: How to write a book and actually finish the job

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Writing a book is really hard work. It is just about the hardest work I have ever done. If you’re not planning to work your ass off, you are not going to be able to finish a book. You have to learn to write non-linearly. Writing a book is really hard work.

Crafting content that works

Biznology

For too many marketers, content marketing doesn’t work. Here’s a guide to crafting content that really does work. Most of all there’s establishing and writing with a particular personality. The post Crafting content that works appeared first on Biznology.

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Why You Should Write Quality Blog Content

Writing on the Web

While that may sound obvious – (“Of course, why would I write something ho-hum boring?”) If you want to get found, get known and get clients online, you need to write and publish quality blog posts that resonate with your readers.

Better Blog Writing: Getting Hooked by Your Own Hook

Writing on the Web

The client needed a post that day, and I needed to write and edit what she’d given me quickly. But a little caffeine and dopamine in the brain can fool you into thinking your writing’s great – and never mind it’s missing the point. It must have been the coffee.

How to build a killer content team

Biznology

A content strategist understands SEO, analytics, content marketing strategies, and sales writing (yes, sales writing is its own skill set). The key is: you need a smart person on staff who can pull everything together, check the work, and measure the results.

How to Simplify Your Writing

Hubspot

I love reading simple writing. And it doesn’t force me to work hard. But simple writing is easier said than done. In this article, I''ll go over what I mean by "simple" in writing, and then give you eight tips on how to simplify your writing.

10 Embarrassing Writing Mistakes I See Way Too Often

Act-On

Do you hate to write? And while it’s hard to name all the reasons people dread writing, there is one common cause: Fear of making a mistake. According to the National Commission on Writing , bad writing costs American companies as much as $3.1 You’re definitely not alone.

When all the hard work on social media … just doesn’t work

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Nobody has worked harder to build a digital consulting business than Ray. And, it didn’t work. “They” say write what you know. The following post is about the choice I made to leave my company, NewRayCom to work in a Call Center. And, it didn't work.

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Please Don’t Mistake Blog Writing for Book Writing

Writing on the Web

Blog writing isn’t the same as book writing. An interesting post from Jane Friedman called “ Please Don’t Blog Your Book ,” gives four reasons why you shouldn’t use your blog to write a book. Here’s why.

How to Write Headlines That Get Shared And Drive Traffic

Act-On

Well, good headlines don’t have to be hard to write, but every extra minute you can put into making them great will pay off. That’s why old-school copywriters – of the postal mail era – spent half their writing time on their headlines. Write 25 headlines for every one you need.

12 Tips for Writing With Unforgettable Personality

Hubspot

A writing personality is just as real, unique, and nuanced as your personality in everyday life -- expect you only release it when you create content. Want to let yourself shine through in your writing? Check out these 12 methods for writing with unforgettable personality.

Business Blog Writing: Must You Write It Yourself?

Writing on the Web

Do you do all your own blog writing? If you’re a lawyer, financial adviser, doctor or consultant, should you write your own blog ? They expect to read what you write to get familiar with you before they call or consider hiring you.

How to Write an Expert Ebook

Writing on the Web

They ask me for help, to ghost write either for or with them. I thought I’d put my best steps for writing an expert ebook into a blog post here, and create an ebook later. If I were to write an ebook about how to write an expert ebook … how would I do that?

Trade Shows Can Work!-new idea!

Your Sales Management Guru

Trade Shows Can Work-new idea ! NOTE: Several weeks ago I wrote a blog on “ Why Trade Shows Don’t Work” , shortly after a good friend, Todd Schnick, wrote me a note to discuss how he makes trade shows work!

Voice from the trenches: Midway through writing a book

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I’m writing a new book. It can lead to a speaking career, the opportunity to write a book, or a chance to run for political office. I’ve met the most inspiring people who literally started with nothing and worked hard to become known and successful. The impact of writing a book. There is no work I do that is more difficult than writing a book. I’m about 75 percent through the first draft, but then the real work begins.

Tips on Writing a Great Blog Post:Give it a Rest

Writing on the Web

It’s the rainy season here in Mexico – a great time to do a lot of reading, writing and recovery – at least, that’s what I told myself when I scheduled my shoulder surgery. But I’m having trouble with my blog writing. I had altered my writing process.

11 Actionable Writing Tips [+Examples]

Writtent

To keep ahead in the blogging rat race, you need to be constantly improving your writing. Here are 11 actionable writing tips to help you do just that. Write in Solitude. The space in which you write has more to do with the quality of your output than you think.

Everybody Writes — My Interview With Ann Handley

B2B Marketing Insider

Ann Handley – writing in her “Tiny Little House” A few years ago I went to a MarketingProfs event and met someone who literally changed my life. I told her where I worked. Why did you write it? Other books on writing already exist.

5 Writing Hacks to Resuscitate Your Content Marketing Efforts

KoMarketing Associates

What I mean by that is this: If you feel your writing has gotten stale or you’re stuck reinventing the wheel, it’s always a good idea to go back, take a look at what’s working (and what isn’t), and make a fresh start.