Posts Tagged ‘writing tips’
Plagiarism has been a longstanding issue, not only in the blogging scene, but also in the academe and in journalism. We cannot ignore the fact that writers draw inspiration from others. Even respected author Chuck Palahniuk has said, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”
There is a thin line between inspiration and plagiarism, but where do you draw the line? As a blogger, you might not even be aware when you may be committing plagiarism. There is so much information to be had, with practically everything at your fingertips. How do you know you are drawing inspiration from the works of others and not merely copying?
The writing zone. We all wish were in that zone every single day, don’t we?
I suppose this is especially true for people whose main source of income is writing. Whether it’s a blog post, a piece of copy for a client, or an article for marketing purposes – it doesn’t matter. When it comes to making a living out of writing, getting in your writing zone will certainly make life easier. You know, that state of mind wherein words flow naturally, and you feel like you can meet all your writing deadlines without breaking a sweat!
Unfortunately, entering your writing zone is not always easy. Read More
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Alicia Rades, a freelance writer and blogger with a passion for giving useful writing tips. When she’s not working for clients, you can find her updating her blog at TheWritingRealm.com or working on other fun writing projects. Connect with Alicia on Google+.
You spent hours slaving over that single blog post.
You back hurts, your head aches, and your fingers need a rest.
Despite that, you’re darn proud of the post, so you schedule it, share it on social media, and sit back to watch the traffic come in.
Seriously? Where are you going wrong? Do all pro bloggers have magic wands to help drive traffic?
Sorry to disappoint, but they don’t have magical powers (that I know of). However, they are masters of spell-binding headlines.
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Your headline is vital. With hundreds of bloggers throwing thousands of headlines at the same readers each day, you need yours to stand out. If your headlines don’t capture readers’ attention and pull them in, people aren’t going to bother reading the awesome things you have to say. Read More
You’ve heard all the usual tips about giving your blog the edge – write quality content, pay attention to your blog design, be active on social media, and so on. You can go on and on with these tips, but I believe it all boils down to a fundamental factor: your writing.
You do not have to be the best writer in the world. You don’t need to be grammar perfect. You don’t need all the big words. But you do need to find that way of writing that will catch your readers’ attention AND keep it, too.
If you need more specific, actionable tips, here is a handy guide in the form of an infographic.
Blogging is exciting, especially if you’re covering topics that you truly are interested in – and if you are new to it. After a while, though, even if you may have an inherent passion about the topics you write about, you will find that dry periods occur more than you want. After all, how many ways can you spin a topic? How many angles can you approach a niche from?
One thing you have to realize is this: blogging involves some effort.
You may have regular bursts of inspiration and productivity, but if you’re in it for the long haul, you will have to consciously work on things.
If you’re in a rut – or something of that sort – you might want to take steps to supercharge your blogging this year. Here are three really simple ways you can do this. Read More
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Wracking your brains for your next topic is obviously a challenge often faced by regular bloggers. Creative though you may be, great idea don’t always come so easily and regularly as a blog requires. There are, though, plenty of places to find inspiration, if only you know where to look. Read More
Coming up with fresh headlines for your articles day after day can sometimes become a little tiresome. It is very easy to put a title which comes into your head without actually spending time thinking about how powerful it is. When it comes to drawing in visitors to your sites the headline is perhaps the most important part of the content. After all it is this tag line which will be shared on your social media sites and perhaps in your email marketing too. If the headline fails to attract the right attention not many people will want to spend the time to click through and see if you have something which is worth reading. Read More