Writing is something virtually all of us can get better at. Part of this improvement comes from our becoming more experienced—to put it simply, writing more makes us better. However, another part comes from others’ experience: We learn from the advice of those who’ve written more than we have.
The internet is a fantastic source of writing advice, containing seemingly endless resources and wisdom. And yet, there’s a certain problem with this abundance of knowledge: Not all of it is good for you.
On the one hand you can find excellent, in-depth articles written by people who really want to help you; on the other, catchy one-liners that sound important and wise, but can actually be unproductive, if not outright harmful. The problem is that such short and wise-sounding tips propagate virally and persist. For obvious reasons, we tend to be attracted to simple, one-size-fits-all solutions.
Sadly, these so-called easy solutions are often wrong or, at the very least, misleading or incomplete.
In this post I will visit three of the most persistent such claims about writing. We’ll see which one is somewhat true, which one is wrong, and which one is … not even wrong. The goal is not to offer you ready solutions—that would only perpetuate the “trust me, I’m a writer” problem. Rather, with this post I want to help you see how to gauge such writing claims for yourself.Continue reading
There are a couple of songs in Hamilton that I would rather skip. (Yes, Lin Manuel-Miranda devotees. Have at me.) Frankly, “It’s Quiet Uptown” is too painful for me to hear. As a father of two, I wouldn’t dare to imagine the pain of that loss.
And the other song? “Hurricane” just sounds so… meh. It’s an ominous, somber tune that heralds the coming of scandal in Hamilton’s life and career. By design, it’s one of the sadder melodies in a play packed with infinitely more memorable tunes. Whenever I listen to “Hurricane,” I try to find some redeeming quality that justifies two minutes of my attention.
Now, I may have just found it.
You see, the lyrics to “Hurricane” establish one of the main themes of Hamilton. Of course, any aficionado of the play will tell you that legacy, death, nation-building, and love are the musical’s backbone. The theme underscored in “Hurricane,” though, is a little closer to home—a humbler concept compared to those sublime motifs.
It’s writing. Yes, you heard that right. Hamilton—with all its duels, cabinet meetings, and sexual innuendos—is all about writing.Continue reading
Writers are magicians. They are artists. They are an embodiment of Apollo on earth. But above all else, writers are human beings who have mortal issues like a lack of productivity and burnout.
Professional writers who spend hours curating stories, blogs, and other content may seem to have a normal job, but what goes on behind the scenes is an unspoken tale.
Writing is a taxing job that involves creative ideation, research, and attention to detail. While many people become writers due to sheer passion, it also pays our bills!
Whether it is the turbulence of working from home or a general lack of energy, every writer needs a little boost to keep their fingers flying over the keyboard.
Here is a list of eight simple and realistic ways to help you keep your productivity up and your word count high every day.Continue reading
Have you ever stopped reading something because it was boring?
If you want to make sure your blog posts, emails, and other online content are highly engaging from start to finish, there is a unique writing style you need to know.
This style can help you connect with your readers on a friendlier, more personal, and informal level. You’ll be able to quickly grab their attention, and keep them reading until they get to the end no matter the length of your content.
So what is this style of writing?
It’s called conversational writing, and involves writing as if you are talking or having a nice chat with a friend.
According to irreverent marketer and copywriter Henneke Duistermaat, even though conversational writing feels as if you’re having a cozy chat in a café it doesn’t mean writing exactly like you talk. Instead, it’s a stronger, more concise, and better-structured style of writing.
The good news is that conversational writing can:
But it doesn’t end there.Continue reading