Writing

Daniel Day-Lewis’ 4 Tips for Writers Who Aspire to Greatness

Daniel Day-Lewis’ 4 Tips for Writers Who Aspire to Greatness

Do you ever wonder how long it will take you to make it as a writer?

If you care about your craft, you probably think about this a lot. Sometimes it may even keep you up at night.

Of course, if you write, you’re already a writer. But I’m talking beyond that. I’m talking about moving people and having an audience that supports your ideas.

Writing is a tough (perhaps the toughest) creative endeavor. It takes many years to hone your skills to move people with words alone. Years of publishing posts you think are good… only to realize that you’re being ignored.

But despite all this, you’re committed. You’ve invested in building a blog and learning the multitude of tools that support and enhance your work. And you’ve accepted that success won’t happen overnight.

While facing this harsh reality, what can you do to nurture the artist within, to prevent yourself from going insane during this long, daunting journey, to remove fear from your writing and think clearly?

The answer: craftsmanship. Treating the pursuit of mastery not as a distant finish line of 10,000 hours, but something you will do until your last breath. Allowing it to transform you on every level.

We are in an amazing moment. Writing has never held more potential. Writing has never had more power. Writing has become the ultimate craft for those willing to plant their butt in the chair and expose their heart and soul.

To share stories, adventures and adversity.

To move people.

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The Brain-Dead Simple but Astonishingly Effective Way to Become a Better Writer

The Brain-Dead Simple but Astonishingly Effective Way to Become a Better Writer

Write better posts.

Go to any site about blogging and you’ll see some variation of this advice.

Need more trafficWrite better posts.

Want more commentsWrite better posts.

And on the surface, it sounds like sage advice.

But when you think about it, it’s kind of like a track coach telling an athlete:  “If you want to win an Olympic gold, run faster.”

Well thanks Captain Obvious, but the problem isn’t a lack of effort.

I mean, raise your hand if you’ve ever sat down in front of your computer and intentionally written a bad blog post.

Thought so.

Write better posts might be great advice for the occasionally lazy blogger with a gift from the writing gods, but what are the rest of us supposed to do?

You know, we mere mortals who are willing to work our butts off and spend the hours it takes to produce great content but need a little help with the how.

The good news is that those great writers and artists who seem to have had their talent handed down from above didn’t start out great.

In fact, many of them only got there by using a dumb technique that you can shamelessly steal.

And it’s so brain-dead simple, you’re going to wonder why the hell you didn’t work it out for yourself.
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The Forrest Gump Guide to Writing That Bites Readers in the Buttocks

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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.

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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