Do you track your word counts, log your hours spent writing, or keep a long to-do list of writing-related tasks?
All of these things can be helpful … but as writers, we sometimes get a bit too caught up in measuring how “productive” we are, at the expense of nurturing our creativity.
Sometimes, doing nothing—or wasting time—can be more productive than you’d expect.Continue reading
If you’ve ever read any writing advice, you’ve probably heard that you should “write at your best time of day.”
On the face of it, this makes sense: Obviously, you’ll want to write at a time when you can easily focus, and produce scores of words almost effortlessly.
Most of the advice then focuses on how to figure out your best time of day, perhaps through energy mapping or some other means.
This is helpful up to a point, but …
… it doesn’t address the huge question of what to do when you can’t use your best time of day to write.Continue reading
Have you stalled on a big project?
Maybe it’s a novel that you began a couple of years ago—and never finished. Or a blog that you started last January with great intentions—that you haven’t posted on in months. Or a side project that you keep thinking about—but never quite get around to doing anything about.
Whatever your project is, this is your 30-day plan for getting it back on track.
I expect you already know the basic structure of a blog post: introduction, main body, and conclusion.
With these three key elements in place, you’ve got the bare bones of a well-structured piece, whether it’s a short news article, an in-depth essay, or a breezy “top tips” post.
Sometimes, though, you want to do something a little different on your blog. Perhaps you’ve written a lot of “10 Ways to …” posts recently and you’d like to mix things up a bit.
A great way to deepen your understanding of structure—and to write posts that your readers will love—is to study a blog post that you enjoyed reading. Perhaps it’s a post that helped you think in a new way about something, or even a post you re-read, again and again.