A “Cheat Sheet” For Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

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9 Essential Books That Will Transform Your Writing Forever

9 Essential Books That Will Transform Your Writing Forever

Admit it.

You have several half-read writing books stacked up on your nightstand, several more squirreled away in a desk drawer and a dozen more on your Amazon wish list.

You scrutinize all the books that “customers also bought” looking for those one-of-a-kind books that will transform you into a great writer. You jump “inside the book” to read the table of contents and credits and page through the free preview.

Searching for the magic formula.

The formula that will erase the silent self-doubt. The nagging thought that you’re not quite good enough as a writer.

Books have an uncanny power to teach us, to transport us, to move us light years beyond our ordinary lives. If we could only find the right books, the tried-and-true books written by trusted masters. So we keep looking.

And once in a while you find a writing book that speaks to your heart and gets to the core of what you’re struggling with right now. It changes you. It changes your writing. It changes your life.

Because mastering the craft of writing depends upon your continuing education as a writer. It means you regularly upgrade and fine-tune your skills.
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21 Dumb Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your First E-book

21 Dumb Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your First E-book

Admit it.

You’ve thought about writing an e-book.

In fact, you’ve already imagined the front cover.

You can see the main title, and underneath, your name.

And when you picture it, you feel a ripple of pride.

An e-book would be a big step up for you as a writer.

Because while blog posts are a great way to express your ideas, you can’t help feeling they’re a little, well, fleeting. Lightweight even.

Whereas an e-book is more substantial. It’s taken more seriously. It has more gravitas.

And having an e-book with your name on the front transforms you from a mere blogger into that more impressive beast – an author.

But how do you become an e-book author without falling victim to the same mistakes that sabotage the attempts of so many other bloggers?
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Why You Don’t Have Enough Time for Your Blog (and What to Do About It)

Why You Don’t Have Enough Time for Your Blog (and What to Do About It)

We hear one complaint from our readers time and time again.

It appears in a variety of flavors:

“I’d like to start a blog, but I’m too busy.”

“I want to grow my blog, but I just don’t have the time.”

“I wish I had more time to dedicate to my blog, but it seems impossible right now.”

In fact, lack of time was the number one frustration cited by respondents to our recent reader survey.

So if you’re feeling it too, take heart in the knowledge that you’re not alone.

But even though “lack of time” is often the excuse for a lack of progress on your blog,  it’s rarely the true cause.

To discover that, we need to dig beneath the surface.
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How to Profile Your Ideal Reader with (Perfectly Legal) Surveillance

How to Profile Your Ideal Reader with (Perfectly Legal) Surveillance

You’ve heard it countless times.

Know your readers.

That’s the secret to creating a blog that thrives.

But if you’re just starting out, there’s a problem with that advice:

How can you get to know your readers when you don’t have an audience yet?

Maybe you’re at the beginning of your blogging journey, with no traffic and no list. (Or your list is made up of just your mom, dad and cousin.)

Or maybe you haven’t even started your blog yet.

What do you do then?

Well, if you’re like most new bloggers, you make assumptions. You guess.

“That blogger tripled his list by jumping on Instagram. Think I should try it, too.

“But wait — my blog audience is mainly women, so maybe Pinterest would be a better choice.”

That kind of guessing is like throwing darts blindfolded and hoping you hit the bull’s eye.

Sometimes it works. Usually, it doesn’t.

Fortunately, there’s another way…
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10 Writing Tips You Absolutely Won’t Have Heard Anywhere Else Before

10 Writing Tips You Absolutely Won’t Have Heard Anywhere Else Before

Aren’t you tired of the same old writing tips?

You know, tips like:

  • Write every day without fail.
  • Find your best time of day to write.
  • Avoid distractions like Facebook and email.
  • Use a timer to work in short bursts, followed by a break.

Yes, they’re tried and tested. But chances are, you’ve either taken all of these on board already — or you’ve given them a go and found they simply don’t work for you.

And that’s why you need to try something different — a new approach to jolt your writer’s brain out of its rut and send it reeling in promising new directions.

So here are ten writing tips I bet you won’t have heard before. (If I’m wrong, tell me in the comments!)

They cover every stage of the writing process, from coming up with ideas to proofreading the finished product to staying motivated for the long haul.

Ready to be surprised?
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