Can a Bot Take Your Writing Job? How to “Out Write” Bots in the Age of AI
A bot ain’t got nothin’ on you — for now. As AI grows more and more intelligent, writers must hone their storytelling skills and the emotion-evoking word choice that is unique to human writers to stay relevant no matter how savvy bots get.
3 Outdated Grammar Rules That No Longer Apply
Do grammar rules ever become outdated? Of course, they do. Here are three examples of common “errors” that actually no longer matter.
Cross-Referencing: A Research Tool to Lay Out a Project’s “Center” and “Periphery”
Whether you’re a veteran or a novice writer, take a page from Umberto Eco’s book and learn how cross-referencing can feed and nurture the main ideas in your writing and even open up new questions.
5 Skills You Need for Long-Term Success in Content Marketing
Want content marketing skills that pay the bills year-round? Experts say these are the five areas that will set you above all other candidates and make you indispensable to clients.
7 Writing and Grammar Podcasts to Help You Fine-Tune Your Craft
Whether you listen at the gym, in the car or while you’re cleaning, podcasts are a great way to stay current on industry news and help you improve your craft. Try one of these writing podcasts that will teach, entertain and inspire you.
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Umberto Eco’s 10 Rules on When and How to Quote
Never hide behind quotes or use them to fill space. When used properly, however, quotes can emphasize your point, add validity to your argument and evoke the intended emotion in your reader.
7 Persuasive Copywriting Hacks That Will Lead to More Conversions
From driving demand through urgency and nixing neutral copy, to highlighting conversion points through simplicity, here are some copywriting hacks to gain more conversions.
Roadmap Your Writing: A Secret Title, a Fictitious Introduction and More
From secret titles to fictitious intros, learn how to create a roadmap that helps you clarify, develop and test your ideas for any piece of writing.
Feast, Not Famine as a Food Content Freelancer: Tips From a Branded Mag Editor
Audarshia Townsend, a veteran lifestyle journalist and editor of Restaurant, Inc., says branded content opportunities are on the rise for creative and resourceful food writers.
Secret Treasures of the AP Stylebook: Important Updates You May Have Missed
It can be hard to keep up with the AP Stylebook (especially when they change their stance on hyphens every year). But that’s why we’ve got a rundown of the biggest updates and important new chapters writers and journalists should know.
Cultivating Old Sources for New Stories: Treat Them Like Your First Love
Once you’ve found the source equivalent of “the one,” never let them go. With a little love and attention, they can be used to cultivate countless story ideas. Here’s how to make the most out of old sources.
How to Spin Epic Product Descriptions With ADEPT Narrative Lines (Even for a Used Couch)
How can you create a product description for any item (no matter how big or small) that connects with potential buyers on every level? With a little strategy and spin.
We Love Libraries: A Writer’s Endless Treasure Trove for Ideas
Libraries are full of unexpected books that can open up angles in your research that shift your thinking. So dust off your library card and get lost amongst the aisles.
Free-Writing and Journaling: Tools to Activate Original Ideas
What’s the difference between free-writing vs. journaling and how can they be used to help writers build confidence and generate original ideas? Learn how these writing activities can help writers in all stages of their careers.
Why Academic Humility Is an Essential Part of Research and Writing
When you decide on a topic and an angle, it can be hard to deviate. But if the evidence just isn’t there, Italian novelist Umberto Eco urges writers to listen to all voices because “even the sternest opponent can suggest some ideas to us.”
Content Around the Globe: The Travel Writing Niche (It Ain’t All Glam)
Travel writing might seem glamorous, but it’s definitely not all about mai tais and the beach. To be successful takes a bit of grit and worldly know-how. We’ll snap you back into reality, gently, with editor and writer John Newton, who’s worked for Condé Nast Traveler and AFAR magazines.