This post is a teensy bit longer than usual--and it’s not about writing. If you want writing-related content, perhaps check out this post: The Cure for Crappy Copy. It’s a good one. Read More
Otherwise, settle in and keep reading.
A few weeks ago, I shared a master list of everything that’s helped me freelance and write for the past four years on Twitter.
The title of today’s writing lesson is inspired by the book 10% Happier, which I’ve been listening to lately on audiobook. Read More
Dan Harris (the author) talks about being a fidgety skeptic in regard to meditation...and that got me thinking:
That’s how I feel about a lot of sales-oriented writing.
Fidgety. Skeptical. It just doesn't work for me.
My fourth year of freelancing just wrapped up, and it’s time to look back on everything that happened in 2017. Read More
I do these reflection posts each year, so you can read recaps from 2015 or 2016 if you’re interested.
Here’s what this year was like.
Today’s not so much a writing how-to in the traditional sense; it’s more of a how-I-do. Read More
Cue the Montell Jordan!
Ahem, sorry about that.
Anyway: I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that help me write in hopes that maybe they’ll help you, too. Even if you’re not a writer, some of these items could make a nice addition to your workspace.
Curiosity is one of the most prevalent writing tactics we see today. Read More
Many writers leverage what’s called a “curiosity gap” to drive click-throughs. But they take it to an outrageous level.
And sometimes, the curiosity gap ends up being a curiosity CANYON.
You click through to the article or email, only to discover that it over-teased and under-delivered.
In the survey I put out last week about this newsletter, one thing that became pretty clear was that you guys want more long-form, actionable writing lessons. Read More
So with this being prime selling season, I thought it only made sense to share my best tips on...well, selling. With words.
I’ve written fairly consistently about this topic for the past four years, so I’m breaking down some of my most valuable articles on the topic (and linking to them) in a TL;DR format here.
If there’s one question I get asked more than any other, it’s this: How do I reach my target audience and get them to hire me? Read More
So that’s what we’re covering today.
The approach I’m outlining below is applicable to almost any niche and for any type of freelance work. If you want the long-form version, you can read it here. Otherwise, I’m doing the shortened version below.
Let’s get to it.
Writers often struggle with a common issue: Putting their thoughts into concise sentences. Read More
Instead of communicating with a tight, to-the-point narrative, they fumble around. They add unnecessary words and write long, rambling sentences that cloud up the overall idea.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The story of how I helped Paul Jarvis revamp The Creative Class, a course about the business side of freelancing. Currently open until 10/17. Read More
When we talk about writing, we often think only about words.
But the more I write, the more I realize that punctuation…it’s huge.
It determines how your words are read, understood, and interpreted. Read More
I’m not talking about proper grammar, either. I don’t care so much about that.
This is a conversation about how punctuation influences the style and voice of your writing. Let me illustrate with an example:
Summer’s over. Read More
Usually this makes me sad.
I think, “Where did the time go? I didn’t do all the things I wanted to do!”
But this summer, I feel like I finally got it right. I allowed myself to enjoy the flexibility of freelancing.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about quality vs. quantity when it comes to writing. Read More
The reason: I did some math recently.
If I’ve been averaging 3,600 words per week for almost four years now, that means I’ve written more than 691,000 words.
Um…that’s a lot of words. It’s kind of hard to wrap my mind around.
Know what? Read More
There are a few writing and grammar mistakes that are a lot more common than you'd think. We see them all the time (and don't even realize it.)
The thing is: If you're making these errors on a regular basis, your co-workers and peers have probably noticed. That's not a good thing.
Several readers have asked about my daily writing routine, so today, I wanted to share it with you. Read More
Now, keep in mind that just because this routine works for me, it doesn’t mean it’s going to for you.
Sometimes I see these types of posts and it gives off the impression you have to mirror another person’s routine to achieve the same results. Not so.
Writing anything is difficult when you don’t have clear direction. Read More
If you don’t know whom you’re writing for (or how the writing voice should sound, what your goals are, etc.) you’re kind of just winging it every time.
But successful writing doesn't ever "wing it." It's strategic, clear, and powerful.
That’s where a messaging strategy document comes in handy. I recently put one of these together, which is why it’s fresh in my mind.
So, I’ve been working from a home office for about four years now. Read More
I love our little house, but sometimes…I don’t.
Working in the same place day in and day out where I also spend my non-working hours can get a bit monotonous.
Ever feel like what you’re writing is just kind of...bland?
Writing ruts happen to the best of us.
- Maybe it’s because you’ve been writing about the same topic for so long.
- Maybe you’ve become immersed in your niche, and you’ve lost external perspective.
- Maybe you’re just real tired and need a lil’ nappy.
I got a little behind on posting this, and I haven't done that for more than a year. Writing here is important to me, so I always try to work ahead and schedule things out...even if I'm going to be away. Read More
This week, I wanna talk about books on writing. Read More
The business world needs better writers, as indicated by studies that show writing training is a billion-dollar industry and research that shows writing is a skill desired by 73% of hiring managers.
The other day, I tweeted something that got more engagement than anything I’ve ever tweeted before.
It said: “Freelancer math: Connections + conversations + being nice = $” Read More
I think it was popular because it distills a fairly complex concept into a simple idea, which is: