7 Uneasy Coercion Tactics That Will Force You to Write

Writing is tricky and delicate work. Sometimes all the ideas are there but the writing isn’t.

When this happens, I usually seek some unconventional solutions to give me a boost, but they don’t always work. That’s when I turn to coercion tactics.

You know—stuff that gets results but nobody really talks about how it’s done. Kind of like waterboarding, but for writers.

Here are a few not-so-gentle techniques that should do the trick: [Read more...]

How to Write a Powerful and Influential Letter That Will Change Your Life

There are times in life when you absolutely need the right words to get you through tense or troubling situations. This is where knowing how to write a powerful letter can do some serious damage in your favor.

Writing a solid letter is by far one of the best ways to get your point across in a clear, organized and razor sharp manner. Unlike talking, writing allows you to collect your thoughts and feelings into an official, permanent statement. Later down the line nobody can deny what you’ve said because it’s been written down.

To date, I’ve written about ten very memorable letters that have helped me capitalize on rare opportunities or overcome high-pressure and abusive situations, such as: [Read more...]

The Obvious 3 Part Solution to Better Blog Content

Internet marketing is designed to promote your content, but creating content has little to do with internet marketing.

Great content relies on the combination of good writing, editing and publishing. And the better your content, the less marketing hype you’ll require to sell it.

Sounds pretty simple, but not too many bloggers or internet marketers have a basic understanding of this stuff. With that said, let’s go over these basics to get you familiarized:

Writing

You either love writing, hate it, or you’re somewhere in between. But it doesn’t really matter how you feel because as long as you’re a blogger you pretty much have to write content. [Read more...]

3 Ultra Simple Productivity Tools for Writers

I’d like to share a few awesome productivity tools that are helping me get things done on a daily basis.

I’ve tried using programs like ToodleDo, but the learning curve is just too high—so many features it just ends up boggling your mind. Ironic, eh?

These tools on the other hand are so simple in their design and interface that it takes literally minutes to get acquainted and comfortable using them. Two of them are free and one is a paid iPad app.

Teux Deux. Introduced to me by Seth Godin, TeuxDeux is a to-do list with very little frills. All you do is add your tasks for a given day and check them off or delete them when you’re done.

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How to Make the Best of 100 Words

Pretend that fate depends on the integrity of these 100 words.

Focus on the essence of a single idea. Be as clear and direct as possible, using just enough words to say what’s important. Ruthlessly eliminate fluff.

Don’t be afraid to let your personality illuminate your message. Your readers thrive from the connection you make with them, no matter how small.

Use the 100 word format when pressed for time. The verbiage is just long enough to say something meaningful, quickly.

It’s also an honest way to keep good on your daily writing commitments.

If you have any leftover words, you’ve succeeded!

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