Let’s start with the bad news: the vast majority of online content never gets noticed. Period, end of story, thanks for playing… goodbye and goodnight.
Of course, if you’ve spent any time in the overcrowded world of online writing, you’re already acquainted with the pain of obscurity.
Few experiences are more disheartening than laboring over a masterpiece – outlining, crafting, writing, editing, rewriting and rewriting and rewriting – only to hit publish and be greeted by the universal sound of digital crickets.
Sometimes I get stuck.
I stare at the blank page and the blank page stares back at me.
Know what I mean?
To find out how successful writers like Leo Babauta, Nina Amir, and Barrie Davenport unblock their creativity and become insanely productive, read on.
I’m delighted to welcome Leo Babauta back to WritetoDone! As you know, he is the original creator of this blog.
How to Boost Your Creativity Like Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net
There are so many great benefits to mindfully exercising,
Overwhelming, isn’t it?
You love blogging, but the amount of time it takes to do it efficiently is daunting.
Successful blogging does require a great deal of time.
Researching, writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and responding to commenters are all necessary blogging tasks.
However, you pay the price in order to accomplish them efficiently.
Time with your family, time for your job if blogging is a hobby,
Like being on automatic.
You just get into the car, start the motor, step on the accelerator–and the car starts moving.
You don’t stop the car every time you decide whether to go into second or third gear (at least, I hope you don’t!).
But when we write, the process can be labored and slow.
Writing is simple.
You just put words together with a fancy keyboard (or if you’re super cool a typewriter) and you’re good to go.
That’s the easy part, but being a writer? Now that’s different.
Anyone can put words together, but putting them together in the perfect order, selecting the right terms, organizing it effectively, and all those other responsibilities aren’t as easy.
It depends on the genre.
In an all-action thriller focused on pace and plot, everyone but the key players can be wafer-thin. They’re disposable.
The same is often true of detective fiction, even the quality sort. In John Dickson Carr’s famous ‘locked room’ mysteries, the only rounded character is the sleuth, Gideon Fell, and he’s larger than life.
You want to write.
But you’re not sure if that makes you a writer.
And you don’t just want to be any kind of writer; you want to become a good writer.
It’s an exciting goal, but what’s the pathway?
How to you get there?
We’ve collected 50 inspiring quotes from writers for you. These writers share their experience of how to become a good writer.
Have you been sitting in front of your computer for what feels like hours?
You know the feeling.
Typing a few words, deleting them, groaning in frustration, getting a couple of sentences down only to decide they’re not quite right…
You’re about ready to tear your hair out.
You recognize what’s happening, of course. Your inner perfectionist is rearing its obnoxious head,
So you want to become a better writer?
It’s a noble ambition.
Writing is a demanding craft and if you want to get better, you must practice every part of the craft.
If you’re writing fiction, for example, you’re probably more concerned with telling a great story than the copywriter who lies awake at night worrying about call-to-actions.
But, what if you want to improve your fiction writing skills,
Take a look at the image above.
What’s the story?
Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?
Here’s how it works:
Now for the ground rules: