Writers like you and me are sadly a dying breed. Print media is on its last legs, and artless action movies are becoming the preferred format of any narrative. Now, more than ever, it’s becoming more important how you promote what you write, rather than your actual words. If you have a close friend or loved one who shares your passion for writing, make sure to hold onto them! Although you’re a wordsmith yourself, you may find it difficult to buy for other writers. Here are a few ideas you might want to consider.
Maybe you walked through the door and were put off by a dirty house.
Certainly if the hosts wanted your company, they would have straightened up for you to make a good impression.
Did you want to turn and run, or at least find a polite way of excusing yourself?
That is how you make your readers feel when you have a weak introduction to your blog post– unwelcome.
If you truly wanted your readers on your post, you would take the time, the thought, and yes, maybe even the trouble, to put your best foot forward to hook them.
Your readers are your guests, they are guests on your blog.
If you want them to keep reading, you have to find a way to write a strong introduction. This post will teach you 11 ways to hook your reader.
Presenting yourself for the world to see in a disheveled outfit is the equivalent of presenting a blog post for the world to see full of grammar mistakes.
You don’t have to be a linguist or a grammarian to ensure your post is rid of grammar errors.
Fortunately, free tools exist today to help you. Grammarly is one of those tools.
Blogger Pat Flynn recommends Grammarly. He calls it The spell-check tool I use, on steroids. Through my browser, anything I write automatically goes through their database of spelling and grammatical checks to make sure I write properly.
I have invited guest author Sofie van Nierop to explain why she uses Grammarly, the value it holds for other bloggers, and how to use the site.
Have you ever felt like singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles?
Sony Records asked her to write a love song. Bareilles wrote,
Head under water…
Blank stares at blank pages.
Like Bareilles, people expect you to meet your publication deadlines. You can’t disappoint your readers who have put such faith in you.
But you have the dreaded syndrome known as Writer’s Block.
I read my guest author’s article a month ago when he first sent it to me.
My memory told me it was about how to get blog followers. After rereading his post, I see it is about engaging your readers.
I asked myself, and now I am asking you, “Aren’t they the same?”
Only visitors who find your writing engaging will want to become permanent readers and subscribe to your blog.
Richard Schulte, in his guest post, explains how you can do just that, engage your readers so thoroughly that they will quickly want to become subscribers of your blog.
The Best Links of the Week
According to Psychology Today, 20% of all people suffer from chronic procrastination.
Much is written about Writer’s Block, and how writers can attempt to deal with it. However, not much has been written about procrastination.
This is the reason guest author Pam Newberry’s article is so interesting. She personalizes procrastination as she discusses this barrier to her writing, yet we can all take a page from her book as she describes her attempts to cope with a struggle many of us have faced–how to stop procrastinating.
Reblog Thursday is occurring on Wednesday due to my vacation schedule.
The admin, D. Wallace Peach, discusses “writeritis,” a malady that plagues authors of fiction. Even if you don’t write fiction, I’m confident that you can relate to at least some of the twenty symptoms she describes.
When I wrote 17 Time-Saving Tips for People Who are Rushed, I described the frustration writers feel that their desire to write cuts into their other activities. Diana Peach explains this frustration has a name–writeritis.
Enjoy Peach’s humorous look at the obsession to write.
My apologies to William Shakespeare.
I stole a quote from his famous play Hamlet and tweaked it in my headline.
Would someone unfamiliar with his play understand the quote?
Would people unfamiliar with the colloquialisms of each other’s culture understand their blog posts?
Should you use idioms because as a strong writer you should have a “voice,” or should you veer away from them out of fear your readers won’t understand the expressions native to your country?
Have you ever experienced low energy? Have you suffered from low stamina? Have you struggled with low morale? Haven’t we all? Have you dealt with those energy drains just when you planned on writing?
In a classic I Love Lucy episode, Lucy asks television viewers if they are tired, run down, or listless. Lucy’s solution, she explains to TV Land, is to take a spoonful of Vitameatavegamin. Your solution, instead, is to read this blog post which contains the words of famous writers that have come before us.