Writing

The Forrest Gump Guide to Writing That Bites Readers in the Buttocks

Forrest-Gump

Southern Gentleman (John Worsham): “It was a bullet, wasn’t it?”
Forrest: “A bullet?”
Southern Gentleman: “That jumped up and bit you.”
Forrest: “Oh. Yes, sir. Bit me directly in the but-tocks.”

BANG.

One moment, you’re checking your email or surfing the web or browsing through the aisles of Barnes & Noble, minding your own business, doing nobody any harm, and that’s when it happens…

You read something that jumps up and bites you in the buttocks.

It’s so beautifully written, so painfully true, you can’t help feeling like you just got shot. No, it’s not a physical wound, but you can feel the ideas kicking around inside you, and you know somehow that they’ll stay with you for a very long time.

Maybe you even wonder how you can write like that yourself. So few can.

With blogging in particular, most writing is pitiful, full of shallow ideas and poorly told stories. The posts are hardly memorable, much less capable of making readers feel like they just took a physical blow.

The good news is Forrest Gump is here to help. Here are some of the best lines from the movie, along with advice on exactly how you can up your game: More

5 Strange and Wondrous Techniques for Spicing up Your Writing

5 Strange and Wondrous Techniques for Spicing up Your Writing

Happens to the best of us, you know.

We’ve all been told to let the words flow loose and easy and free, but instead, we stiffen up like a British banker before his annual rectal exam.

It feels horrible too. Instead of enjoying writing like we’re supposed to, we end up gritting our teeth through the entire experience, knowing something just ain’t right but feeling so uncomfortable that we can’t help sounding like a robot.

The good news is that deliverance is at hand. Like any good friend, I hereby pronounce myself ready to pry said stick out of your posterior, curing you of robotitus once and for all.

Let us begin. More

Why Your Blog Is Going Nowhere (and the Truth about Getting Traffic)

Why Your Blog Is Going Nowhere (and the Truth about Getting Traffic)

Note from Jon: This is a post by Johnny B. Truant. Aside from being a close friend, he’s also one hell of a writer, and I don’t say that lightly. You should listen to everything he says, both here. In fact, do yourself a favor and grab his How to Be Legendary e-book. It’s free, and you can dissect everything he’s doing to learn the proper way to succeed online. Worth every minute.

Ever feel like your blog is stuck in quicksand?

You’re writing lots of posts. You’re promoting them. You’re responding to each and every commenter like they’re your best friend.

But it’s not working. The more you work, the harder you struggle, the deeper you sink.

Why?

Well, it might be a little tough to swallow, but here you go:

You could suck at writing.

That’s not the only reason people fail. Some people are just lazy, thinking it’s going to happen without doing any work. Other people never learn how to promote their posts. Still others are totally anonymous, and they need to improve their connections before they can succeed.

But there are also bloggers who do all of that right, and they’re still stuck.

They are working their butts off, doing everything imaginable to promote their blogs, and they’re even networking masters who know everybody, but they’re still failing. And it’s because they suck at writing.

Think about that for a second.

You build it and they come … but it sucks, so they leave.

And another potentially great blog bites the dust. More

The CSI Guide to Finding Your Next Killer Idea – A Guide for Bloggers

The CSI Guide to Finding Your Next Killer Idea – A Guide for Bloggers

You know how it is…

Your blog post is well overdue. You sense your readers are waiting, but you can’t come up with anything fresh to offer them.

You’ve been writing for so long about the same topics, you just can’t think of anything new to say. It’s kind of like you’ve reached the bottom of the well, and now all that’s coming up is mud.

To cap it all, when you do get a cool idea, something that sounds fun to write about, you look around and discover an A-lister just delivered the final word on it. Doh.

Frustrated, you decide to flip on the old boob tube and relax for a bit. Maybe inspiration will strike while you’re watching the latest episode of CSI…

Sounds unlikely, right?

Well, I would’ve thought so, too, but that’s exactly what I did the other night, and I noticed something surprising. More