For those of you who are too busy to go through this lesson, here’s the secret to great writing according to Stephen King:
Take out the bad parts.
If this sounds like useless advice, you have yet to understand that great writing is all about rewriting. And you rewrite by taking out the words that aren’t necessary.
So, if you...
Developed by Sir John Whitmore in the 1980s, the GROW model has been essential to countless business coaches around the world, and today we’re going to use it as a framework for blogging success.
Goal – What does success look like for you?
Setting a goal seems like a basic thing...
Do you want to improve your game as a blogger?
I know, silly question.
Well, in that case, there’s some good news. Well, about 50 of them.
Fifty ways that will help you become a better blogger.
1. Set a schedule for release.
Keep in mind that it has to be realistic. If you only post once a week, fantastic....
The most common question I get asked by fellow bloggers is, “How do I get more readers?”
Honestly, I’d like to tell you that building a community around your blog is as simple as writing great content, but the bitter truth is that growing a blog, especially in the years to come, will be a bit more nuanced than that....
In March 1963, American mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz published a paper in which he established the basis of chaos theory.
He argued that a tiny change in the initial conditions of a weather model can create a significantly different outcome. Later, Lorenz described what would be forever known as the butterfly effect: ...
A big part of what makes a blockbuster article stand out from the crowd is the fact that it elicits a powerful emotional reaction.
Not only that, but it seems as if the author is in tune with the reader’s emotions, understands their fears, challenges, and objections.
One sure-fire way to better understand the emotional undertone of...
At least once a year someone out there publishes a long article announcing the imminent demise of the blog. More bloggers than ever are giving up, content saturation is alienating a lot of readers, and the rise in popularity of different mediums will be the final nail in the coffin.
It’s always been like this.
Out of all...
Sometimes, the art of blogging becomes a messy affair; a tangled web of thoughts and ideas, and this can hurt us more than anything else.
Especially when we're starting out, when we have yet to develop much-needed instincts we can trust to guide us towards success.
Without this sort of mental clarity, most of our efforts are destined to...
Tell me if this has ever happened to you: it’s Monday morning, and you’re ready to get some writing done. In your head, you’re already publishing a blockbuster article. The only thing that’s missing is the red carpet.
But then you sit at your desk. That damn blank page reflects the image of a creatively bankrupt...
Alexander the Great was a supremely talented battle tactician. Yet, his often convoluted strategies were used only to mask a simple endgame. He deployed his significantly smaller army in a way that would allow him and his best cavalry to break through the enemy’s battle formations and try to capture or kill the Persian emperor.
Everything you write, from a tweet to a 10,000-word essay, needs to pass the 4 Cs:
Is it clear?
Is it concise?
Is it compelling?
Is it credible?
As far as unconventional content creation formulas go, the 4C’s acts more like a series of content creation principles, but it does provide one with a basic framework for writing...
The human body is a wonderfully complex mechanism, complete with gauges, systems, and a support structure.
It is, in fact, so brilliant in its execution, that we can learn and use some of the same principles to write the perfect blog post.
Most of you know about the structure of a blog post: headline, introduction,...