You don’t have to play coy.
You want to become a better writer.
In fact, you’d love to crack the code on becoming a writer with tremendously loyal readers who covet every piece you put out there.
That’s why you’re here, right? Checking out all the great ideas that Write to Done has to offer?
The problem is, you keep meaning to work on becoming a better writer,
Hemingway knew it.
George Orwell and Mark Twain did too.
And because they incorporated this truth into their lives, it gave their writing that special sauce that elevated the quality of their work.
Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, this truth will help you too.
Traveling to lands far and new is not only super-glamorous and sexy, it makes you a better writer as well.
And if you’re serious about improving your own writing skills,
You’ve written an amazing post.
But everybody knows that it’s not (only) about the quality of your content.
It’s how you sell it.
How do you sell a blog post, a book, a video—any content?
By writing an amazing headline that sucks the reader in immediately.
Big sites like Buzzfeed, Viral Nova and Bored Panda do it.
Upworthy does it. Huffington Post does it.
In the endless sea of textbooks, essays and lectures, there are obviously more than enough pages about how to write better.
Focus on the core message.
Entertain, surprise, tell a story, omit needless words.
Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Despite all this useful advice, many aspiring writers fail to heed the most important rule that is guaranteed to double your readers:
Trust your material.
At times, we need to fall in love with writing again. The video below will inspire you.
Did you enjoy this video by Ira Glass? I loved it!
Writing can be frustrating, but it can also be exhilarating.
Ira really explains so well what happens.
You have an idea.
And then you try writing it down.
But you can’t quite capture what was in your mind.
If your inspiration for writing isn’t flowing, gaze at each of these ten quotes.
Let your mind roam free and they will trigger ideas and inspire you.
As the quote by Thomas Merton above implies, we both find ourselves and lose ourselves in the creative process.
And it takes courage. Writing takes courage.
Writing changes us.
Why is she fleeing?
Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words?
In case you’re not familiar with our Writing Prompt Challenge, here’s how it works:
Now for the ground rules:
What are you working on right now?
We’d love to know here at WritetoDone!
A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?
Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?
Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you’re writing about.
No doubt you have some favorite authors.
It’s likely that one thing you love about their books is their writing style.
Many commercial authors have a very simplistic—almost superficial—writing style.
Other successful authors write in a wholly unique manner unlike any other.
There is no right or wrong, good or bad—only personal tastes. We can all name writers we can’t stomach whose books are bestsellers.
But what do you need to consider if you’re hoping to develop a trademark writing style?
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 a writer is the ability to write in a fairly conversational style.