When a reader says they love the way an author writes, they usually are talking about much more than the author’s style. For example, a fan of Ernest Hemingway might love Hemingway’s economy with words, but also the way he brings characters and places to life and how he views the world.
A distinct voice makes your writing resonate with readers. Even if you’re writing about a topic that has been discussed by others a hundred times before, your unique voice and perspective bring something new to the topic.
Readers who fall in love with your writing voice become your…
The “Ladder of Abstraction” is a writing tool that will help you to make your writing more emotionally impactful and meaningful to your readers no matter whether you’re working on nonfiction or fiction.
I first came across this writing tool while reading Jack Hart’s book Storycraft (that’s my affiliate link). Hart was a managing editor at the Oregonian, the pacific northwest’s largest newspaper. He also helped guide several Pulitzer prize-winning articles to publication.
In this book, he shares everything that he learned during his career as a journalist. While the book is aimed at people who are writing nonfiction, I…
Last year, I compiled two articles sharing writing exercises from famous authors. Writing exercises give you a fantastic way to strengthen specific skills through deliberate practice. They can also help you spark new ideas for stories or memoir essays or blog posts (very helpful if you’re struggling with writer’s block!).
In response to the articles, a reader asked if I had ever read Ursula K. Le Guin’s book Steering the Craft, saying it was filled with a powerful set of writing exercises too.
(That’s my Amazon affiliate link above — I’ll make a small comission if you buy a copy…
This past year, I finished writing a novel. Back when I was working on the first draft, a fox somehow got into the second chapter. I hadn’t planned it. He appeared for only a few fleeting paragraphs before darting off.
I wasn’t sure why he was in the story, but I decided to keep him. And I ended up writing him another appearance in the final act.
Fast forward many months later and many drafts later. I was debating whether I wanted to eventually self publish the novel or first try to get it traditionally published. …
“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”
— Blaise Pascal
I love reading the journals and correspondence of famous writers. It’s a wonderful way to get a peek into their writing process and often you’ll discover exquisite gems — fantastic advice you can use to become a better writer.
That quote attributed to Blaise Pascal is one example. It’s an excellent reminder to examine your writing and see if there are any parts you could leave out — unnecessary repetition, irrelevant tangents, etc. Unfortunately for Pascal’s friend, Pascal didn’t have time to edit his letter…
To kick off the new year, I’m excited to announce the release of my new online course: “Email Marketing for Writers: Grow Your Email List Fast.”
A few years ago, I wrote a little eBook about how to grow an email list. But a lot has changed in the marketing and blogging world since I published that book.
So I’ve updated and expanded it and turned it into a brand new course (now with a section on how to make money from your list).
2021 is right around the corner and for most of us it can’t come fast enough. We’re ready to turn the page on 2020 and start afresh.
However, it’s worthwhile to take a step back and put these past twelve months in perspective. At the end of each year, I do that by writing up a personal year-end review.
This exercise helps me set myself up for success in January. I reflect over what I achieved during the year, what obstacles I faced, and what lessons I learned. …
Happy December! I hope you’re having a lovely holiday season. I have two things to share with you today.
I recently started making YouTube videos. In this video, I share a powerful strategy that will help you overcome writer’s block and fear of the blank page when you sit down to begin a writing project.
Happy December! Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner, and that means the gift-giving season is here.
Maybe you’re looking for a special gift for a friend or family member who is a writer. Or maybe you’re looking for a gift for yourself. After all, it’s been a crazy year, and you deserve something special too.
In today’s post, I’ve put together a list of lots of different gift ideas that would be perfect for writers. I haven’t used all of them myself, but after reading the reviews, I am considering adding several to my own Christmas list.
November is only a few days away, and that means that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo!) is nearly here.
If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo before, it’s a month-long event where writers challenge themselves to pen a 50,000-word novel (about the length of novels like The Great Gatsby or Fahrenheit 451).
The goal is to begin writing on the first of November and finish by midnight of November 30. You can plan and outline your story as much as you like beforehand, but the actual writing of the story can only be done during November.
Maybe you’re thinking, “Whoa, that…