How to Make Your Writing More Persuasive

First tip? Keep it simple. Write in a clear, straightforward way. (Photo: convisum)

When most people think about writing, they think of novels, textbooks, and other resources that are meant to entertain or educate.

But a lot of writing is also about persuading the reader to take an action—such as buying a product, donating to a fundraiser, or contacting someone.

When you’re writing primarily to persuade, you often need different strategies from when you’re writing to entertain or educate.

Here are five tips that can help. Continue reading “How to Make Your Writing More Persuasive”

7 Steps for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Frustrated? It’s time to get up and go for a quick walk outside. (Photo: J.R. Bale)

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
—Mark Twain

Mark Twain, who worked as a journalist as well as a novelist, should know a thing or two about writer’s block.

All writers struggle with filling a blank page or screen at some time in their careers. Reasons include anything from anxiety to exhaustion, and from distraction to confusion.

We can experience a block at the very start of a project or at its conclusion.

What every writer experiencing a block has in common, however, is the frustration that comes along with it. Here are some strategies to try the next time you’re stuck with a blinking cursor and nothing to say. Continue reading “7 Steps for Overcoming Writer’s Block”

6 Things to Check Before You Publish Your Blog Post

(Photo: ammentorp)
(Photo: ammentorp)

So you want to be a blogger?

Popular blogs are popular because they are full of good writing.

As with a good short story or article, they catch the reader’s attention because you’ve taken the time to select an interesting subject and have written passionately about it.

No one will argue that the most readable blogs are heavy on context—but just because they can point you to a multitude of underscoring sources of information doesn’t mean the author has done a good job of writing a post.

You need more. Continue reading “6 Things to Check Before You Publish Your Blog Post”