6 Tips To Take Your Writing Ability Up To The Next Level

6 Tips To Take Your Writing Ability Up To The Next Level

Feb 12

Even if you have a way with words, crafting beautiful masterpieces isn’t easy. There are always a few things you can learn and it could take your work to the next level, so today I’d love to share with you some great tips I’ve picked up over the years. Sleep on it When you go to sleep at night you should make sure there is a notepad on your bedside table. Before you drift off into the dream world tell yourself you will come up with great writing ideas while you sleep. If you want it to happen your mind must know in advance. Once you wake up in the morning you should write down everything you can remember. Keep doing this every day and eventually you will catch great ideas you would never have thought of when fully conscious. Write like you talk Don’t sit down at your dining room table and try to come up with a fancy way to write something. Just let the words flow out naturally like you would say them if you were speaking. You have to understand why people fall in love with a book in the first place. They want to feel like someone is talking directly to them because it’s much easier to believe in what is happening. Even if you don’t believe you’re a skilled writer you will improve overnight once you start writing the way you speak. Cut everything out When you type your first draft you’ll always try to write down as many words as possible. I guess we all do it because we want to reach our minimum word count as quickly as possible. When your book contains far too many useless words it makes for a horrible reading experience, so you must take them all out before you publish anything. Keep your sentences as short as possible, use short words, and don’t let your paragraphs get too long. Let it rest for a few days A lot of people who publish stuff online don’t wait more than a few minutes before they share their work with the world. They convince themselves they’re doing something right, but sadly it never works out that way. After you’ve written something you should always wait at least 24hrs before you edit it because you will always find something you want to change. If you’ve already published it you’ll be...

5 Amazing Writing Locations That Will Make You More Productive

5 Amazing Writing Locations That Will Make You More Productive

Feb 08

It’s sometimes hard to sit down and write, so I’ve talked about a few locations people should check out if they want to boost their productivity. Do you ever find it difficult to sit down and write? Maybe you are struggling because of the location you’re in rather than the lack of ideas running through your head. Take a look at some of these locations you might want to try out if you want to become a lot more productive. Your local library Hopefully most people have a library close to their home because it’s a great place to work. Nobody can talk too loud which means you get to work in near silence. You also have access to tons of books if you want to research anything and you’ll have free access to the internet too. If your lucky you might even be able to grab tea and coffee from a cafe or vending machine. The only bad thing about a library is the fact you’ll only be able to sit there during the day while it’s open. A special room Most of your time will be spent writing at home, but this doesn’t mean you need to sit at the dining table writing all the time. Find somewhere that makes you feel comfortable and productive. In summer you might decide to write in the conservatory so you can enjoy the sun. You could even build a special writing room in the attic if you don’t use it for anything else. If you have a special place where you can write all the time you can decorate it using colors and photos that inspire you. A nice hotel room If you have any important projects to work on for a few days it might be a good idea to book a nice hotel room. You won’t even need to cook food because you can have it delivered straight to your room. There is also a good chance you’ll be a lot more productive because it costs money to rent a hotel room and if you sit around doing nothing you’ll be throwing it down the drain. Just remember to take everything with you otherwise you might have to take a trip back home. Coffee shops Some people love working in coffee shops even though they’re usually quite noisy. It might be because the noise relaxes them after a...

5 Ways To Set Up The Perfect Writing Space At Home

5 Ways To Set Up The Perfect Writing Space At Home

Feb 01

People will enjoy their writing more if they set up a special writing space at home, so I’ve given them a few tips that should help out. If you love writing at the moment you’ll love it even more once you set up a special writing space at home. This will be your sanctuary where you can escape from the world to lose yourself in your words. Here are a few ways you can guarantee your writing space is perfect. Choose your space wisely You can’t start setting up your writing space before you choose where it’s going to be situated. Think very carefully because you don’t want to change your mind a few months down the line. You want to choose the place where you’ll be most productive. That might mean being out of the way so everyone else in your family doesn’t bother you. Think very carefully about setting up your writing space near a window because you won’t want to stare at a wall for hours each day. Check what you’ve already got Before you start shopping for new writing supplies you should check what you’ve already got lying around the house. I know you’ll be excited and you will want to spend all your money on new notebooks and pens, but do you really need them? It’s just an easy way to waste money because the supplies you already have will work perfectly well. Once you’ve checked what you already have you can go out and buy everything you still need to get. Treat yourself to new toys Your writing space won’t be special if it’s just an old desk in the corner of your spare room. If you have the money you might want to go out and buy a nice desk. Get yourself a new computer if the one you use right now is getting a little old. Have you read anything about those standing desks everyone is going crazy about? If you write standing up it will be much better for your health and you’ll be more productive, plus you can lower the desk when you get tired. Make sure there is lots of light When you write at home you might not stick to daylight hours. If you already have a full-time job it will be impossible because you’ll need to sort out dinner when you get home. By the time...

5 Amazing iPad Apps That Will Help You Write On The Go

5 Amazing iPad Apps That Will Help You Write On The Go

Dec 07

Writers don’t need to worry about being away from their computer these days if they have an iPad. I’ve talked about a few apps they will want to check out to make everything so much easier. If you plan on doing a lot of writing on your iPad you will probably want to know about some of the fantastic apps that makes everything so simple. Here are a list of the best ones which cover all of the features you’ll be interested in. Writing Kit (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/writing-kit-research-write/id426208994) Writing Kit is a great tool to use when you want to research information as you’re writing because it has a great built-in browser you can use. You will also be able to write things in markdown easily which means it can easily convert to simple HTML. For someone who publishes things on the web it ends up saving you so much time. It also syncs with Dropbox so you never lose anything by accident, plus it supports TextExpander which will speed up the writing process even more. Byword (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/byword/id482063361) Byword is the complete opposite of what we’ve just talked about because it’s one of the most basic writing apps you’ll come across. This is actually one of its main selling points and it’s aimed at people who don’t like distractions while they’re trying to work. You can also write in markdown and you can export everything to PDF or HTML documents. If you have the premium edition you can automatically publish new articles online to places like WordPress and Tumblr. Scriviner (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scrivener/id418889511) Once you start using Scrivener you know you’re serious about writing. Instead of using the app to write small blog posts and Facebook updates you would use it to write novels and screenplays. You can use it to write drafts, organize your book into chapters, restructure your book as you write it, plus a whole lot more. The only downside is the fact you’ll need to play with it for a while before you fully grasp its true power because it’s a little more complicated than other apps. Blogsy (https://itunes.apple.com/app/blogsy/id428485324?mt=8) If you’re a blogger you will love Blogsy because it allows you to post straight to your blog from the app. It’s also compatible with nearly every blogging platform including all the main ones you’ll probably use anyway. You have a full text editor where you can write all your...

5 Big Reasons Why Short Articles Could Be Hurting Your Chances Of Success

5 Big Reasons Why Short Articles Could Be Hurting Your Chances Of Success

Oct 11

When you begin your journey to internet riches you want to update your blog as often as possible. I’m not going to get into whether or not this is the right approach to take, but if you do decide to go down this route something always seems to happen. After a while you decide you don’t want to spend a lot of time writing articles and you’re lucky if most of them are over 500 words long. This could actually hurt you and you would be better writing longer articles. Let’s look at a few great reasons why you should spend more time making your articles a little longer. People will want to share it Writing a long article takes time and your readers will usually appreciate it much more. It’s the only reasonable explanation as to why longer articles always get more shares. A 200-word article might only take you a few minutes to write, but it seems pretty pointless when nobody who lands on your site will care about it. When people share your work it generates hundreds of backlinks in different places around the web. Google loves long content If you were to look closely at the top results in Google you would notice 99% of them don’t consist of articles with hardly any words on the page. Most of the time there are over a thousand words on the page, but this does include words not included in the article too. That means at the very least you should be looking to write something longer than 500 words. If Google likes something you should always do your best to give it to them. More long-tail keywords Even when you rank for massive keywords it’s probably not the reason why your website receives so much traffic. The real secret to your success is all the little long-tail keywords you rank for. Even if you get a dozen visitors per month from each one it’s still going to add up to a huge amount of traffic later down the line. When you write longer articles there is obviously more chance of ranking for additional long-tail keywords. More engaging to readers The only reason you write articles in the first place is because you want your audience to fall in love with your writing. If they don’t enjoy reading your articles there is less chance of them coming...