Conversational Writing: 10 Tips by Leo Babauta

Note by the Editor-in-Chief: This post was written by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits when we first started this blog. It offers the clearest instructions on how to write conversationally. That's why we decided to republish it. Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation. - Laurence Sterne While I don't claim to be the world's greatest writer, one of my strengths as ...

How to Write Faster: The Brainwave Blueprint

Just imagine being able to write faster.Wouldn't that make a huge difference?I'm not talking about becoming a writing automaton who spits out 5000 words a day.Because speed isn't everything; it has to be balanced with quality. If you write 5000 words a day but most of what you write is rubbish, then it's not worth cranking up your speed.Right? Improving your writing speed by 40% o...

5 Easy Tips to Fix a Boring Online Bio

I'd started working with two new clients in the same week.This was a few years ago, when I was a blogging and social media consultant.They both asked me smart, insightful questions on the very first day—stuff that made me feel how lucky I was to be playing in their sandbox.“I want you to help me figure out who I am,” said one, an accomplished executive coach with a highly special...

How To Supercharge Your Writing – Use This Cinematic Technique

Would you like to know how to supercharge your writing?Today, novelists are using cinematic technique to create visually dynamic scenes.Readers, used to watching movies and TV, have come to expect a more "cinematic" experience when they read.They want to watch the story unfold before their eyes rather than be told what is happening in summary or exposition.In film, the story is con...

How To Use Your Mistakes To Achieve Success As A Writer

Have you ever made a mistake in your writing?There isn't a writer in the world who doesn't make mistakes occasionally.What separates professional writers from amateurs is how they handle mistakes.Some writers see mistakes as disasters.But if you know the right way to handle them, making mistakes may actually be good for you!The more mistakes you make as a writer, the more you l...

How To Rekindle Your Love of Writing

Writing is a lonely process.It takes a lot of courage to sit down and write day after day, week after week, month after month.The struggle can continue for years, while self-doubt, criticism and fear bully you like a gang of thugs.As if that's not torture enough, you may want to move beyond writing for yourself, and pursue publication.Then, the real challenges begin: losing writing...

The Runner’s Guide to Better Writing

Admit it.You want to become the kind of writer who has the energy to turn up every day in front of the blank page and create.You're looking for a way to focus on your current writing project without getting distracted.And you'd like to finish what you're working on.If only there were something that would help you do all this...There is.It's called running.For me, the be...

How to Create the Habit of Writing

"Habits are first cobwebs, then cables." - Spanish proverb Note from the Editor-in-Chief This is a beautiful post by Leo Babauta. It was one of the first posts he wrote for WritetoDone. We've republished it because it carries an important message for all writers. This, friends, is the linchpin: if you can create the habit of writing, you've got a wonderful foundation as a writer.If yo...

How to Write a Short Story With Deep Structure (And Win a Prize for It)

Would you like to know how to write a short story that wins a prize?Of course you would!You've drafted your story, and it looks good.But now you want to fine-tune it to win a contest.How do you improve your chances?Let me tell you a secret.I've judged more than 5000 entries in short fiction awards over five years.What do I look for when compiling the shortlist?Deep ...

What Are YOUR 3 Best Writing Tips?

You and I know something about writing.We know about the joy of writing.And we know about the struggle.We know about the times when writing is difficult, and the times when writing flows without effort.But we take our experience for granted.Until...Until someone asks us for advice.Here’s a scenario:Imagine a friend drops in for a visit. ‘I hear you write,’ yo...