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.
5 Classic Magazine Content Formats to Borrow for Your Blog
If readers aren’t sticking around as long as they used to, it might be time to shake things up. Take a page from print’s book by using one of these classic magazine content formats for your blog.
How to Turn Your Vacation Into Money With Travel Writing
Flight mishaps. Romantic getaways. Thrilling adventures. Here’s how to find the sellable story in your next vacation so you can turn it into cold hard cash.
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How Index Cards Can Help Writers Organize Ideas and Improve Storytelling
Index cards — they’re not just for college students anymore. Learn how they can help you organize ideas, map out your thoughts and enhance storytelling.
A Little Refresher on the Complexity of Adverbs (and When Not to Use Them)
Adverbs. Love ’em or hate ’em, they can be the gateway to bad writing if you don’t use them appropriately. Take a little refresher on this oft-maligned part of speech.
A Writer’s Work Plan: Diagramming and Mapping Out Your Mind Before Writing
Is there a method to your madness? If you’re struggling with organization, writer’s block or simply writing too slowly, mapping out your thoughts can help.
How to Write More Engaging Content
Pithy nut grafs. Scannable text. Emotional appeal. Great content goes much further than simply being well-written. Use these 12 tips and tricks to create more engaging content every time.
Research Like a Pro: The Professor’s Guide to Smarter Writing Research
Tired of Google Docs littered with haphazard links and random quotes? A professor shares his best tips for conducting strategic writing research that results in faster, stronger work every time.
Don’t Edit Your Own Work (But Double-Check These 9 Things Before You Press Send)
It’s the rule: Don’t edit your own work. This doesn’t get your out of the responsibility of being both the first and last eyes on your piece though. Catch the fly balls, so your editor can worry about the trickier plays. Double-check these nine things before you click submit.
How to Blend Your Voice With a Brand’s Voice
Excellent writers can write for anyone, but finding the middle ground where your voice suits the voice of your client can be tough. Writer Chels Knorr, who’s worked with many name brands, shares her tips on striking the right tone and balance for any client.
5 Writers Share How They Switched Their Freelance Niche (And How You Can Too!)
Dreaming about switching your freelance niche but can’t seem to make it happen? These writers’ success stories will be just the kick in the pants you need.
8 Proven Ways to Make Readers Pay Attention to Your Promo Writing
Have a new product coming out or exciting company news to share? These proven tips will teach you how to write promo copy that grabs (and holds) readers’ attention.
Business Jargon to Consider Retiring (Seriously Park the Nouning and Verbing)
Help stop senseless business jargon! Lena Katz crowdsourced people’s most hated words and categorized them in terms of ridiculousness, so you can judge whether you really want them seeping into your content.