Using note cards to outline

Some people thrive on creative chaos. They can just plop down in front of a computer and type out an entire perfectly thought-out article without making even the simplest outline. There’re not many of them, to be honest. If you’re not one of these folks and need some planning before you sit down to do your writing, you might check

Why is writing like jazz

A good writer is like a jazz musician. Every good musician has a lot of knowledge about music. They’ve got a background in music. They know their scales and their music theory; they attended numerous classes and practised. What makes a fantastic jazz musician, though, isn’t just their knowledge of the rules. It’s about bending them to make incredible music.

How to generate blog ideas

Like anything else, coming up with blog post topics is a skill you can hone. The more you work on it, the easier it becomes. Sometimes, great ideas come unbidden. You’ll be doing the dishes, or taking a shower, or hanging out with friends, and an amazing topic dawns on you. Always remember to jot it down as soon as

Know when to give up on a blog post

It may seem counter-productive. We’re always giving you tips on how to start writing and keep going. Discouraging you from writing shouldn’t be on our agenda, right? And yet, sometimes, the best thing you can possibly do for yourself and your blog is to abandon your draft and start from scratch. Every writer does it. Quitting isn’t the worst thing

Creating a writing schedule for the New Year

The dreadful 2020 is finally over. Now that 2021 is finally here, it’s time to put your New Year writing resolution to practice. Don’t procrastinate starting your project. Procrastination is the arch-enemy of every great plan—it slowly saps away our resolve. It’s so easy to say I’ll start tomorrow; after all, just one day delay is nothing serious. But, keep

How to set your writing New Year’s resolutions

Everyone is more than ready to leave 2020 far behind and preferably never visit it again. This holiday time is vastly different for many of us and for many reasons. Perhaps, there’s going to be an empty chair at the table for the first time, with someone’s absence so palpable it’s hard to breathe. Or maybe, instead of seeing family

Find focus in a world full of distractions

In an ideal world, you’d sit down at your desk, inspired and eager to work, in a completely distraction-free setting. You’d open your laptop, and the words would just flow Real life, however, has little to do with that perfect reality. The kids are howling. The construction site down the street is drilling (again!). Someone has been calling or messaging

Create a clickable press release and boost your media presence

Sooner or later, pretty much every business owner stands before a very crucial task: writing a press release. This short communication, approximately a page long, will determine the media coverage of your event, service, or product. A news release can make or break your brand. A well-crafted one can help promote your business and build your relationship with the press.

How to stay sane – and solvent – between Thanksgiving and New Year’s

Grab your advent calendar; the holiday season is fast approaching! As you’re sipping mulled wine, eggnog, or hot chocolate, you’re probably thinking about how to promote your business in these uncertain and distracting times. Here are a few tips for getting the word out during the holidays. Adjust your promotion to the season. Perhaps longer hours are needed to avoid

How to break through to customers during the Holi-daze

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and in just a few days everyone will have a tummy full of turkey and a head full of dreams. We’ll be thinking more of time off and presents, and, between mouthfuls of cookies and stuffing, we’ll be looking for warmth and happiness vs. ROI and meetings. It’s been a hard year. Your customers