50 Fantastic Ways to Make Your Writing Remarkable

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I've been writing for over 20 years. And, like children pick up beautiful shells on the beach, I've collected little bits of wisdom. Some of them come from the sunny Creative Writing classroom at Denver School of the Arts, others from…

Change This and Make Your Writing Way More Powerful

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Passive voice leaches power from your blog posts. When you write with passive voice, your sentences contain words like “were” “are” “is” “had” or “will be.” A sentence written in passive voice isn’t bad, but it doesn’t…

She helped hundreds of writers improve their craft. 4 ways you can bring her classroom into your blog

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I was in 10th grade when I met the Creative Writing teacher that would change my writing, and my life, forever. I had been writing for years, ever since I was 12, when I wrote a short story about a girl who falls off of a raft, is dramatically…

The 5 Steps You Must Take to Shape Your Writer’s Voice

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Let me just put it out there: I hate the term Finding your writer's voice. I've included it in a bunch of recent blog posts anyway, because so many people seem to use it. But I don't agree that you "find" your voice. That makes it seem like…

You Need These 5 Creative Writing Techniques in Your Blog (Especially #3)

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I've heard many people say that the best writers aren't necessarily the best bloggers. Blogging is supposed to be conversational. And all of the tools and tricks we learned in our high school English classes don't apply here. Well,…

The One Resource You Need to Claim Your Writer’s Voice

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Listen to me read this 3 minute post. When I was 20, I shaved my head. I was in India, and I didn't tell anyone back home about it. My parents only realized what I had done when they were walking toward me in the airport. From afar,…

Nail These 4 Core Elements for a Powerful Blog Voice

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People always say, You have to have a unique voice for your blog to be successful. And you have to blog A LOT to figure that voice out. Which is good advice. But what if you want to define your blogging voice now? Can it be done? I think…

10 Questions That Will Help You Unearth Your Unique Voice

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How do you know if your writing is moving you toward unearthing your unique writer's voice? It isn't easy. I don't have a microwave-ready solution. But I can provide a few questions for you to ask yourself when you struggle with how…

How to find your writer’s voice: 20 writers weigh in (+ an awesome infographic)

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Your writer's voice can sometimes feel like this elusive, nebulous thing. Many writers say that  you don't know when you'll find it, but when you do, it's like love at first sight - you just just know. I believe you can cultivate your…

Why You Shouldn’t Just Write Like You Talk

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Do you have a dog voice? No, seriously, do you? I do. It's pretty bad. I call my dog pooneetchk baby and other ridiculous things I am embarrassed to share. And my dog voice is only one of the many ways that I talk. When I used to…

An easy 5 minute exercise to help you tackle blogger’s block

So you've created your blogging plan. You have a good idea to write about. You sit down, open your blogging platform, create a new post...and then what? You can read lots of articles about the perfect blog post (like this one from Buffer,…

Try this writing hack on your website content. Your readers will thank you.

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There's a simple technique you can do today to make your writing better. It doesn't take much time, and doesn't require much work on your part. What is it? Being more specific. Here's what I mean: Nouns and verbs can be vague and…