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 ...

Writing Prompts: What Story Does This Picture Tell? [Scene Stealers]

What story does this picture conjure up in your mind? Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words? In case you're not familiar with Writing Prompts, here's how it works: We set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post  Now for the ground rules: Your story must be 350 words or less. Your work m...

7 Barriers to Writing You Can Leap Over Today

It wasn't supposed to be like this. When you aspired to become a writer, you imagined crafting pages of immaculate prose, publishing work that gets better with each read, and your peers telling each other, "Now there’s talent!" Instead, when you try to write, you feel paralyzed. You don't know if what you’re saying makes sense, and every moment you spend with your work is a struggle....

Persuasive Writing: The Key to a Stellar Writing Career

I'll wager that when you think of the word persuasion you get all kinds of negative thoughts and feelings coursing through your brain. You equate persuading with pushing, manipulation—maybe even lying. You may go to great lengths to avoid taking any action that might be viewed as persuasive—just so no one thinks badly of you. What if I told you that thinking that way could literally c...

The Winner of the WritetoDone Flash Fiction Contest 2015

A complete story in 500 words? Is it possible? The winning story of the WriteToDone Contest (read it below) shows what a talented writer can do with 500 words. The contest was judged by the WTD team, Mary Jaksch, Editor-in-Chief and Vinita Zutshi, Associate Editor,  together with Head Judge,  Dr. John Yeoman of the Writer's Village. The judges considered the following questions and a...

How to Write Faster with Scrivener: 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...

How to Create a Sustainable Writing Income [Interview with Danny Iny]

Creating a sustainable writing income is a struggle. I'm sure you know that! But maybe it's important to look at some less-obvious applications of your writing skills. Check out what Danny Iny has to say about this in the following interview. As you may know, Danny is a blogger who started four years ago with no connections and no subscribers. He's now become one of the most succes...

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 Be Creative and Find Your Brilliance: 10 Superb Articles

Have you ever wished you were more creative? Of course you have! I mean, who hasn't? The problem with creativity is that it can get crushed so easily. A negative remark from a teacher long ago, or an insensitive quip from a friend can be all it takes to stymie your ability to create. Luckily, there are ways to restore your innate creativity. In this post you'll find ten of the ...

How Dreams, Goals and Habits Make You a Wildly Productive Writer

You can be a wildly productive writer. And if you are already a wildly productive writer, then you can take your game to a whole new level. There are three keys to wild productivity: Dreams Goals Habits To put it simply, dreams fuel the fire, goals are the stepping stones to your dreams, and habits are the routines and rituals that support you along the way. Where people fall d...