Blog Writing Tips that Cure Writers Block [Includes Printable Cheat Sheet]

3786902812_60f3ef7daa_b-1024x685“Blog Writing Tips that Cure Writers Block [Includes Printable Cheat Sheet]” by Matthew Kaboomis Loomis | 6th February, 2014 | Build Your Own Blog.

 
“Remember that scene in 8 Mile when Eminem’s character chokes up before the rap battle? The anxiety wins.

It’s part of the gig.

Performing will always come with the anxiety – for people like rappers, journalists and professional bloggers.

Now, as a blogger, you have the upper hand. Nobody’s watching you write the first draft. There is no opponent to battle with.

It’s just you and the blank page.

And here’s the better news

Writing isn’t talent alone. You don’t even have to be creative to murder the anxiety, beat the blank page, and write a post that works – a post that somebody will read twice. A post they won’t be able to resist sharing online.

You just have to know the tricks of the trade.

And because writing isn’t talent alone – there are tricks of the trade you can learn in an afternoon.

Or, in about one thousand words …”

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Blogging For Writers

“Blogging for Writers” by Amanda Patterson | 26th July, 2013 | Writers Write.

The right to write

Everyone has a story worth telling. Writing helps you tell it, and if you learn how to write properly, you could even become a successfully published author.

Everything begins with words. Words make sense of a senseless world. Psychologists agree that writing is one of the most therapeutic exercises for any human being. I believe writing every day is important because it unleashes your creativity, it shows your determination, and it keeps your sense of wonder alive. You will discover yourself through the power of words.

One of the easiest ways to keep track of your writing is by blogging.

What is a blog?

A blog is a ‘web log’ and it is, in essence, an online diary. Anyone with a computer and access to the Internet can set one up.”

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The Importance of Proofreading

proofreadingWhen advertising submissions markets, writing a blog, sending manuscripts to beta readers and/ or an edit, zipping off a tweet, updating Facebook, writing reviews or spruiking yourself and/ or a book it is crucial to use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.

What you write, and how you write it, is your branding.

Today, while researching submission markets and writerly articles, I came across several simple errors that could have been picked up by proofreading. It seems, to me, it is becoming common practice to tap something out, publish it and promptly forget it.
Readers want to read an article, book, etc. without tutting over silly mistakes, putting the book down, or leaving the website.


The aim is to entice readers to read your work and encourage writers to submit to your market.

Mistakes in writing discourages writers  from submitting to markets in case the errors, found in the advertisement, are a foreshadowing of inept editors and/ or publishers.


Nothing turns writers and readers away quicker than editing mistakes.


 Image Source: Jablonski Marketing

5 Disastrous Blog Design Mistakes — Fix These to Keep Your Readers

“5 Disastrous Blog Design Mistakes” by Carol Tice. 21st February, 2016. Make a Living Writing… Practical Help for Hungry Writers.

“If you’re here learning how to make a living as a writer, you’ve probably already got your writing skills down.

But even the most skilled writers can struggle with the design side of their blog.

Internet users are bombarded with information, and each mental transaction takes a toll on their brainpower.

Presenting content so it requires minimal effort from your audience is not just considerate — it also improves your chances that reader will subscribe and return.

What common design errors drive your blog readers away? From my experience as a user-experience expert and Web designer, these are my top five:

  1. The Wall of Text
  2. Bad Typography
  3. Low Contrast
  4. Poorly Chosen Line Length and Height
  5. Visual Clutter.”

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Building An Author Platform

“Building an Author Platform” by Chantelle Atkins.
11 January, 2016. Authors Publish.

“Building an author platform is something all authors should be concerned with. It is important for both independently and traditionally published authors. In my opinion, it should not even matter if you have not finished your book yet. You can, and should, start building that platform now. But what exactly is an author platform, why should you have one and what are the first steps to take in creating one?

An author platform is essentially your ‘brand’ or what makes you visible as you. This is increasingly created online, but it should include the real world as well. The platform is in fact made up of several things, visibility on social media being high up on the list. This is not all it involves though. There is also all of your experience and expertise, books you have written, potential books or works, on-going projects, contacts, connections, and your personality. Perhaps even more importantly, it involves your ability to market all of these things successfully.”

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The 5 Most Annoying Blogger Habits

“The 5 Most Annoying Blogger Habits” by Matthew Kaboomis Loomis. 17th April, 2015. Build Your Own Blog.

Great blogs are captivating, ever-changing, ever-evolving works that continually feed their visitors with wonderful content. They reach into the hearts and minds of their audience – whether it is excellent content that educates or witty material that makes people laugh.

There is, however, the other side of the blogging tracks, so to speak. The vast darkness of cyberspace that is littered with half-done, boring, terrible content.

Don’t let this be you.

This article will explore the top 5 most annoying blog habits to help you know what NO’T to do when writing a blog article.

Let’s begin…

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11 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Returning To Your Blog

“11 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Returning to Your Blog” by Amanda Patterson . 9 November, 2015. Writers Write.

There are so many blogs out there. I visit a lot on books and writing, and sometimes it’s difficult to know which one to choose. I may be drawn to a great headline or a topic that is close to my heart. I am often driven by impulse and I happily click on an irresistible image or interesting subject.

Once I’m on your blog and you have my attention, please don’t disappoint me. If you do, I will probably not visit your site again. Life is too short for many things, including bad coffee, bad people, and bad blogs.

I’ve put together a list of the 11 reasons why I never return to a blog.

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Seven online tools to help you generate blog content 

“Seven online tools to help generate blog content” by Amanda Patterson. The Media Online.

As a blogger, I have to find ways to create content on a regular basis. Sometimes it feels as if I am in a creative rut and I need a little help, writes Amanda Patterson.

I have found that these seven blogging tools have saved my sanity on several occasions.

1. Portent Title Maker. When I need to find a unique title for a blog, this is perfect. For example, I typed in emails and the prompter gave me these suggestions:Why Emails Are SexyDarth Vader’s Guide to EmailsWhat Experts Are Saying About Emails

2. HubSpot’s Blog Idea Generator. When I need to kick-start my creativity, I use the Blog Topic Generator to come up with customised topics. I have to type in a keyword and the tool generates engaging titles. For example, I entered a few keywords (writing, emails, business) and these are the ideas it generated for me:5 Tools Everyone In The Writing Industry Should Be UsingWhat Will Emails Be Like In 100 Years?The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Business10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About WritingWhy We Love Emails (And You Should, Too!)

3. Ubersuggest. UberSuggest is a free keyword suggestion tool that makes use of Google Suggest. Type a term into the search box, choose a language and a source and this tool will provide suggestions for it.  You will get thousands of keyword ideas from real people who are using these keywords in search engines. If you are organised, you can generate ideas for blog posts in advance and put your ideas in a blogging calendar. For example, ‘How to write a book’ generated 361 suggestions.

4. Canva. If you want to create customised professional images for your blog and social media posts, you should try this tool. There are thousands of stock images to choose from, and you can add different elements (such as text, banners and buttons) to create customised images. I created this blog post title image with Canva.

5. Buzzsumo. If I want to find out which content is being shared the most on any website, this tool lets me find it. You can use this to generate more of the same type of content in the future. For example, these two posts have been popular on writerswrite.co.za in the last few months. The first post has generated more than 60 000 shares and the second post more than 11 000 shares. The statistics show you where the posts have been shared. (Note: The posts have been shared more over a longer time period.)

6. Pixabay. If you need free images for your blogs, Pixabay has over 460,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations.

7. Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that allows you to share free media content, from songs and videos to scientific and academic material.I hope these tools help you to generate content for your blog posts.Amanda Patterson is the founder of Writers Write. If you want to learn how to write for social media, e-mail news@writerswrite.co.za for more information.

Source: Seven online tools to help you generate blog content | The Media Online

4 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Title For Your Book

Just as a great cover will help sell a book, so will a great title – Source: http://blog.karenwoodward.org/

“4 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Title for Your Book” by Karen Woodward. 13 May, 2013. Karen Woodward.

That’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days, researching how to create the perfect title. I’m kicking myself for not doing this while Chuck Wendig had his Titular Titles flash fiction challenge.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far. A great title is:

1. Easy To Remember

There are few things more frustrating than someone telling me the title of a book they think I’d love and then not being able to remember it at the bookstore!

Help readers out, make the title of your work memorable. Yes, I know, that’s easier said than done but there are a few simple tips.

Alliteration

Have you ever noticed that poetry is easier to memorize than prose? It has rhythm, meter.

Maryann Yin gives these titles as examples: When Crickets Cry and Wildflowers from Winter.

Short

This isn’t always true, but I think it’s best to try and keep a title to four words or less.

For more tips on choosing a title: Karen Woodward: 4 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Title For Your Book