We all have habits and daily routines, but we don’t always stop to think about their influence on our work, productivity, and, life in general. Still, when you think about famous authors over the years, it’s hard to miss the fact that all of them had (or still have) a daily routine that helped them come up with ideas and increased their overall writing productivity. For example, Mark Twain couldn’t write…

Lately, writing has been feeling more like a chore than a creative process. And this week has been one where I’m more interested in reading about writing better than actually writing. As a result, I’ve been in the mood to visit my favorite resources for inspiration. This is the best remedy I know when I feel like I’m about to get a really bad case of writer’s block. Here’s a…

We’ve probably all heard it before: practice makes perfect. The only way to improve a skill is to keep doing it, and you’ll get better over time. Sounds fairly straight-forward, right? Not always. Writing is a skill that often requires more than just practice in order to become more efficient, and I find that every time I write is a new, unique challenge. Even with the right process, I’ve found…

There’s no secret sauce when it comes to writing. Any writer can tell you writing is a labor of love – or rather, consistency. When I started working at FlowReader, blogging was new territory for me. Although I’d been writing for years, I didn’t have a clear idea of what it would be like to create posts on a regular basis. Churning out ideas week after week was tricky enough, but…

Awhile ago, I shared some tips for writing online and mentioned the importance of a strong headline. The long and short of it is that headlines are extremely hard to craft, even for those who have to do it regularly. And there’s a lot riding on them: they’re what pull in browsers and hopefully (if all goes well) turn them into readers. I’m always looking for a way to improve…

Meditation helps more than just your mind and body – it can also help improve your writing.   Confession: I have a hard time focusing. It’s not a huge surprise. My job as a blogger and community manager at FlowReader requires me to be able to switch between tasks and different content quickly. It’s really more stimulation than any brain needs. I am in a constant state of processing information, brainstorming…

10 Tips: How to Write for the Web

Be kind to readers – 10 tips to learn how to write scannable content for the web. A few posts ago, I wrote about online reading habits and how today’s readers scan for important information rather than reading word by word. That post covered the why, but today we’ll go over the how. I’ll get straight down to business – here’s 10 tips to help you write for the web…

We’re not reading online – we’re skimming.  I’ve been writing since I was a kid. Before I was filling notebooks with stories, I was filling paper with large scrawling lines of indecipherable letters (and later words) and taking them home where my parents would painstakingly look them over with pride. As I got older, every piece I slaved over was read by someone. My parents, my friends, my teachers. All in…

Writing advice generally boils down to 3 key things: get in the habit of writing, set goals, and despite all the debate, content is king. It’s frustrating, but true. Achieving any amount of online “success” means you will need to produce awesome content. New content not only shows that you’re active in your industry, but also helps establish you as a source of current and helpful information within your community, whether it be…