How to write your way out of the chokehold of shoulds

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Two of the most damaging words in the English language are “I should.” I should be able to… I should be more like… I should be focusing on… I should feel… I should. I should. I should. All of the shoulds are so loud at…
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8 Reasons Writer’s Block is Kicking Your Butt (and how to defeat it)

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I am a writer. It’s a core part of my identity. But lately, I've been struggling with writer's block. And today when I woke up, I knew. I knew that I needed to jump back into it. I was kick of writer's block kicking my butt. So I sat…

How to Write Unforgettable Blog Posts

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Before we get started, here’s my warning: Writing powerful posts has much more to do with you than it does with anything I share here. There are no formulas you can follow to make you a powerful writer. A decent writer, sure. An engaging…

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Write Your Truth

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Does this sound familiar…? You carve out some precious minutes of your day to write a blog post. You make a cup of delicious coffee to sip while you’re writing it. Then you open your laptop and get ready to write a brilliant blog…

How to Fall Deliriously in Love With Writing (Again)

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Pour yourself a cup of steaming coffee (or tea) and make it strong. Pull up a chair (one of those cozy ones that you can really sink into). Take a seat. Get comfortable. It’s story time. This story is about me (and I want you to read…

43 Creators Share How to Find Your Voice Online

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Do you feel like you've found your voice online? Many say it's a lifelong task to truly find your voice as a blogger, business owner and creator. I've been writing since I was 4 years old. I would tell my mom stories as she dutifully wrote…

9 Secrets to Writing Like a Pro

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Want to become a better writer? Even though it may seem difficult to write well, there are a few simple things you can do to dramatically improve your writing in a short time. These principles apply to any genre. Whether you are blogging,…

How to Write a Terrific Tutorial Post

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In first grade, each of my classmates and I had to go up to the front of the classroom and guide our teacher through a tutorial. I remember watching one of the boys teach Rondi how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I am pretty…

How to Delight your Readers with Every Blog Post

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I took the picture above at a restaurant that specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches. From the front of the restaurant, it just looks like a little divey place. But being Yelp addicts, my husband and I couldn't pass up a 4.5 star grilled…

The incredibly powerful results of writing your story

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Every Tuesday evening for the past 5 weeks, I've met with 7 other women in a writing group. We sit around my friend Rachel's low table in her apartment in midtown Miami. We eat fruit off of small ceramic plates. We write, and then we share,…

6 essential writing lessons from Kaia the goldendoodle

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My friend Taylor makes fun of me, because she says I think my goldendoodle, Kaia, is my real child. And I do love Kaia. A lot. She just makes me happy. If you have a dog, you know what I mean. It's not just that she's always excited…

How to Slay the 5 Monsters That Creep into Your Blog Posts and Leach Their Power

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Whether you're dating, making friends, or writing, there are always a typical cast of characters that make life difficult. In dating, it's the guy who wants to hear himself talk, the loser who still lives with his mother, and the guy who…