Tag Archives: Writing

3 Famous Writers on Process and Productivity

There is something both tragicomic and cathartic about trying to assume the dispositions of incredibly successful and prolific authors when you’re staring at a blank page. But what better way to procrastinate than to live vicariously through the habits and productivity secrets of renowned writers of yore. A brief tour of the scribe Hall of
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How Successful Marketing Writers Plan Their Content

I never realized just how important it was to connect content with business goals until I had a particular conversation with a client. The client, excited to get started on blog content together, had a running list of topics for me to cover. But then something strange happened. When I asked for background information on
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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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Become a Writing Champion by Turning the Hard Stuff into a Game

Over in our Killers and Poets Facebook group, we’ve been talking about a quote from my friend Susan Garrett. Susan is a multiple worldwide champion in the sport of dog agility. She’s also a brilliant animal trainer and runs an incredibly successful business. Different versions of this quote have inspired many of her friends and
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5 Things Only Serious Writers Do

Whether you’re a pro content writer, fictionist, screenwriter, academic, poet, stateswoman, or bard-preneur (h/t Sonia Simone), you’ve likely experienced anxiety or elation about any number of the habits we all have in common. Authors of all stripes share a deep connective tissue that compels them to congregate in coffee houses and taverns — across the
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3 Reasons Why Good Ideas Are a Real Threat to Good Writing

Ahh, the elusive “good idea.” Writers spend a large amount of time thinking about them and looking for them. It’s an undeniable part of the creative process. So why would I consider them such a pervasive threat to good writing? The answer is simple. Good ideas are just part of what it takes to produce
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How to Defeat the Tyranny of Bad Grammar and Worse Sales

Happy North American patriotism week! With Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day, as well as an abundance of summer sunshine, I think we can all agree that the first week of July is a fantastic time to take a few days off. 🙂 With all of this patriotic vacationing going on, we decided to extend
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Quit Trashing Your Writing Voice with This Rookie Mistake

I’ve been thinking about writing this one for quite a while, but I’ve just had a lot of other stuff going on. But I can’t stay silent anymore. We need to talk about a serious issue that’s impeding our ability to have the simplest of conversations. No, I’m not talking about the fraying political discourse.
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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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A Big Announcement, and Advice to Move You Forward

Well, our big thing this week was … pretty big. 🙂 If you didn’t catch yesterday’s announcement, our wonderful WordPress design and hosting division, StudioPress, has been acquired by WP Engine. We’re excited by the amazing possibilities this opens up for the framework and our beloved WordPress community. And, of course, as Brian wrote, it’s
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