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Improve Your Writing Skills: How to Make Vast Improvements to your Writing

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

How to Improve Your Writing SkillsLooking to improve your writing skills?

Don’t worry this is something I once struggled with myself.

Writing isn’t something that comes naturally to me.

I’ve had to work at it for many years and I’m still working on improving it.

The honest truth is I’ve always hated writing, yet I’ve learned a few things about how to develop this habit despite my lack of talent in this area.

Today I want to discuss a few different techniques you can use to improve your writing skills.


First, I’m going to give five tips for improving your writing.

Next I’ll talk about how to get into the habit of creating regular content for a blog.

Finally, I’ll discuss how to achieve a long-term goal of writing a massive product like an eBook.

Most of this information talks about my experiences with an online business.  With that said, I feel you can easily apply these techniques to any type of writing you wish to do.  Let’s get started…

5 Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills

Tip #1- Do your Writing in a Designated Workspace

It’s important to use a specific workspace because it creates the proper “writing mindset.”  This helps train your mind to automatically write when sitting in this location.  It’s kind of like when a professional athlete first steps onto a field of competition…he (or she) knows its game time!

A dedicated workspace doesn’t have to be in your home.  In fact, back home I do most of my writing in a local Starbuck’s Coffeehouse.  I honestly feel the writing for this blog will improve in November simply because I’ll be doing it in a regular location instead of in trains, buses, and noisy hostel rooms.

The perfect workspace should be free of clutter and distractions.  I recommend you do the following:

  • Switch off your Internet access
  • Turn off your phone
  • Tell your family to not disturb you
  • Remove any objects or images that interrupt your train of thought

I’ve learned it’s extremely important to have a workspace that allows you to concentrate only on writing.  If you want to learn more about this concept, I recommend reading my post on how to clean up your workspace (It’s surprising how you quickly you can improve your writing skills when you’re free from distractions.)

Tip #2- Use Music to Trigger a “Mindset” that will Improve your Writing Skills

Like many people, I get writer’s block.  To counteract this, I use a simple trick to trigger put myself in the mood.  Whenever I don’t feel like writing, I listen to one of fifteen specific albums on my iPod.  The trick here is to only listen to these albums when writing.  This is a basic NLP anchoring technique that triggers a specific emotional state related to a certain piece of music.  It’s kind of like listening to fast-paced music when you’re working out a gym.

Play around with different types of music and see what motivates you the best.  Perhaps it’s relaxing classical music.  Or you might work best when listening to rap or hip-hop.  As long as it helps you write then it’s a good choice!

Tip #3- Do “Stream of Consciousness Writing”

As I mentioned before, I often get writer’s block.  Another way to fix this is do what I call “Stream of Consciousness Writing.”   When you get stuck with what to say next, simply jot down whatever pops into your head.   It could be a few notes or a general idea of what should be said.  The trick is to not edit yourself.  Keep typing till you run out of ideas.

If you get stuck, here are a few things you could include:

  • Provide step-by-step instructions
  • Tell personal stories or anecdotes
  • Give a definition or explain a concept
  • Provide lists or bullet points
  • Show images demonstrating a concept

Again write whatever pops in your head.  If you can’t think of what should be included in a particular section, skip it and come back later.  The important thing is to type without interruption. This habit helps you push past those moments where you can’t think of what to say next.

You can improve your writing skills simply by not allowing “filters” to stop the process.  So keep writing even if you’re coming up with gibberish.

Tip #4- An Idea Book Helps you Improve your Writing Skills

Many people wonder how to come up with content ideas on a regular basis. The trick I use is to always carry an idea book wherever I go.  Whenever an idea pops into my head, I’ll immediately jot it down in the book.  For example, over 100 posts on this blog have been created from random thoughts that occur when I’m out doing something non-work related.

The truth is we all get great ideas.  Unfortunately, most people don’t write down these thoughts and quickly forget about them.  With an idea book, you never have to worry about coming up with ideas for content.  Even a few ideas a day is enough material for a successful blog.

Tip #5- Read Related Books to Emulate a Writing Style

Last week I was in Prague where I struck up a conversation with guy named Daniel who runs a financial blog called Derailed Capitalism.  We got to talking about writing styles and I mentioned this post.  He gave me a great idea…

Daniel explained that he’ll read up to five hours a day of books related to his market.  Most of these have the sarcastic, “in your face” writing style he prefers.  This has helped him write in the same tone and connect with his regular readership.

I’ve personally found that developing the reading habit is one of the best ways to improve your writing skills.  This is especially true if you’re consistently going through books related to your niche.  You’ll find that it’s easy to sound like an authority because you’re consistently expanding your knowledge base.

Okay, now that we’ve covered the five tips to improve your writing skills, let’s talk about how to apply them for a blog…

How to Write for a Blog

Blogging is an incredibly challenging online business.  Many people do it, but few reach the point where they earn a full-time income.  A major problem with blogging is you have to create excellent content on a regular basis.  People really don’t care what your past glories.  They want see you knocking it out of the park each and every day.  Many bloggers start off with great content, but quickly lose steam because they can’t come up with post ideas.

How to Come up with Blog Topics

One of the things I’m most proud of is the fact I haven’t missed a day of posting since February…even while traveling through Europe.  I can’t say it’s been easy.   What’s helped is I use a number of different techniques for coming up with ideas.  They include:

  • Use ideas from your notebook (we’ve already discussed this)
  • Answer questions and comments you get from readers
  • Write riff posts about something you’ve read on another blog
  • Break down a massive topic into a weekly series
  • Talk about how a current event relates to your niche
  • Take a major keyword and write “how to” article that solves this problem
  • Make a video ranting/discussing a hot topic
  • Outsource a weekly post to another writer
  • Hold a contest, run a poll, or ask a basic question
  • Write a blueprint post (2,000+ words) that solves a problem lots of readers experience
  • Set aside one day a week for guest posts

As you can see, it’s not very hard to come up with ideas for blogging.  When you put all these techniques into action you’ll never run out of ideas!  Now, the question is – “How do you turn these ideas into regular, consistent content?” To do this, I use a simple tool…

Adopt a Publishing Schedule to Improve your Writing Skills

My favorite tool for blogging is an Excel spreadsheet that’s always open on my desktop – My publishing schedule.  I use this file in a number of ways.

First it’s great for jotting down ideas when I think of them while writing another article.  Next it’s useful for planning out posts for the upcoming two weeks.  Thirdly, I use it to set reminders for any actions I need to take before an article is ready to be published.  Finally, it’s great for finding previous posts I want to link to while creating a new article.

I highly recommend using a publishing schedule with your blog.  You’ll find it’s a great way to plan out the content regularly posted to your site.  Plus, it solves the “what do I write about today?” problem many bloggers experience on a regular basis.

Use the Word Press Scheduling Feature

Another great tool for consistent blogging is the “scheduling” feature you find on Word Press.  I’ll sometimes write a post up to a week before it’s published.  With the scheduling feature, I can load articles to my site and have them be published on an exact date/time that I designate.

This one feature allows me to travel with a bit of piece of mind.  I can go offline for a day or two without having to worry about publishing articles on a daily basis.

Don’t Be a Writer, Be a Publisher

From the day I started this site, I considered myself a publisher, not a blogger.  What’s the difference?   A publisher is like being the editor-in-chief of a newspaper.  Sure you’ll be responsible for most of the writing.  But your ultimate goal is to have enough money coming in to outsource some of the content creation.

Every week I post at least two articles written by somebody else.  This helps me concentrate on giving quality content for the articles created by myself.  Some of the most popular blogs follow the publisher model.  Most were started by a single person, but now have a staff of writers that churn out content.

Now that we’ve covered how to write a blog let’s go over how to complete a massive writing project like an information product…

Improve  your Writing Skills with an Information Product

Writing an information product (or eBook) is different from a blog for one simple reason – It’s an important, but not urgent project.   With a blog, you have the regular deadline for publishing content.  But with an eBook, it’s easy to procrastinate because nobody is reminding you to work on it.  As a result, it’s very easy to never “have the time” to get it done.

While I’ve only created one information product, I feel like there’s a lot to be learned from the principles I used to create it.  Let’s talk about a few…

Use Basic Project Management

It’s important to create an outline (or mind map) of what you’ll write.  This means sketching out the topics you’ll cover plus the tools you’ll use to sell this product.  Nothing is written in stone, but it’s important to map out everything that you want to do.

After creating the outline, you want to set individual timelines for each major hurdle.  Again, it’s not important to be exact here.  The benefit here is to know how much you’ll have to do in order to complete this eBook.

What you’re basically doing here is following the principles of basic project management.  You’re setting a major goal and using mini-steps to accomplish it.  Most of the work will be done by you but there will be small projects outsourced to somebody else…like writing a salespage or creating images.

Project management is about integrating long-term goals into your daily activities.  A great way to do this is to…

Set Daily Goals for Writing

As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Unfortunately a lot of people forget this and give up when faced with the daunting task of writing an information product.

The best way to complete a massive piece of work is to set a goal for each day.  It might be a set amount of time or a minimum word length.  The important thing is to dedicate a period each day when you do your writing.

What I recommend is this – Pick a specific time for writing.  This could be early in the morning or at night or during your lunch-break at your ‘real job.’  This is another way to train your brain to quickly get into “work mode” while writing.

Furthermore, you should try challenging yourself.  Instead of simply setting a time or word goal, I recommend combining the two.  So if you can write 1,000 words in an hour, try to increase this to 1,500 words.  I’ve found this turns the process of writing into a fun game.

Track and Adjust Your Progress

The final step in this process is to track the results you’re getting.  Most projects don’t follow the original blueprint.  There will be times when you can’t write or perhaps you’ll work quicker than you planned.  That’s why it’s important to make adjustments along the way.

I suggest maintaining an Excel spreadsheet while writing your eBook.  Every week mark down the results from the week, which can include information like:

  • The total words you’ve written during the week
  • The tasks that must be outsourced to another person
  • Other related projects needed to be completed in addition to the eBook
  • How you’re progressing in relation to your original blueprint
  • Etc, etc.

You don’t have to go crazy here.  Simply keep track of the minor goals and see how you’re coming along with this project.

Final Thoughts on How to Improve your Writing Skills

Well, I hope this post has taught you a little bit about what it takes to develop the writing habit.  Like I said at the beginning, writing is isn’t something that comes naturally to me.  I’ve had to work at it for many years to get this point…and I’m sure I’ll be working at for years to come.

If you want to learn how to improve your writing skills online, I encourage you to implement the stuff I’ve just mentioned.  All of these techniques have really helped me with my writing.  Hopefully you’ll find that it works for you as well!

Take Action. Get Results.



{ 35 comments }

Murlu

Steve, this is ace man!

I’m a big pusher of stream of consciousness writing because it seem like so many people falter at just getting started; it’s better to write, write, write then figure out what you messed up a later point – it gets it all out.

I’ve been experimenting with setting core writing blocks; it’s much like the getting out of the “work” mindset during a dayjob. Normally, I’d set 3 hours in the afternoon to write but lately I’ve only given myself 1 core hour – I end up writing more in that hour than all 3!

I think a lot of hit has to do with hitting your “mode” – when you’re deep into writing you can’t be stopped so just keep plowing forward. When you give yourself the entire day to write a post you’re going to take an entire day (that same mentality of working 8 hours).

One thing I do want to start doing is tracking my work. I have a rough estimate of about 5,000 words a day so 35,000 words – just think, in a month I could write a novel haha.

Steve Scott

Your method of “core” writing time actually seems like a very good idea. It would seem like after you have done it that way and write at that fast clip you could (after 30 days once it is a “habit”) slowly start to expand the time frame and produce even more.

You are definitely correct. When you leave too much time you can certainly fill that time on any project. The hard part is getting the time right so that it is challenging, yet still doable.

As for getting into a flow while writing. I know what you mean. When I am on point I can churn out a lot of stuff, even though I am a pretty slow typist.

Sounds like you have a great ideas on writing well and writing fast.

What I really need is to get that point across to my favorite fiction writer. The guy writes novels that are simply amazing. I expect it to take a while to finish but he normally spends 2-3 years per book with the last book spanning about 5 years in the writing now.

Reading HIS blog I can tell the guy is easily distracted and I want to shake him and say “sit down and write!!!”

Sean Mathena

Great article! I love the scheduling feature in Wordpress. Having a regular job in addition to the blog, my writing is done pretty sporadically. If I have some time available I will create several posts and schedule them in the days to come just in case my time gets short.

I also use an idea book, and it has saved me more times than I can count when I get stuck on what to write.

As far as guest posts, how long did you have your blog up before you started getting some submitted to you?

Sean

william

Hey Steve,

I might drop my AP English class for regular english so I can have more time for IM. I am wondering though, are regular school writing skills good to have, or is that not helpful at all in IM?

Also I’ll just transfer this question up here :What do you think about me going ahead to get my business license and set up my sole proprietorship this year even though I do not yet know if the academy will allow it? I am told I have to talk to the highest rank at the Academy.

Side Note: I learned that for internet marketing I must have the required business licenses or it will not be legal. Did you know about that and when you first started did you get all the licenses first?

Steve Scott

Well If I remember AP English it was a lot of “writing” so the more you do of that the better. Of course you also learn technical aspects of writing too. Sales pages and articles are a lot different from technical writing, but it is important to know what rules you are breaking and why.

What I would do is make use of your English teacher. Write a few pieces. Ask for a half an hour of their time and sit down with them, explain what you are trying to do and ask for pointers. Most Teachers would be glad to take some time out and really give you some good pointers. The may not know IM per se. But they surely know writing and have at least taken some classes for writing with the intent to sell. You may ingore some of what they say, but it is not a resource to ignore completely.

As for the importance of a license, as a pure affiliate it really is not needed. If you offer your OWN products on the internet it can certainly become a lot more important really fast. I would say at a minimum having an LLC would be pretty essential.

It is important to protect yourself if you are selling anything as the vendor. I have mentioned it before, but I got sued once. I was selling all the “evil eye” charms I got shipped from some lady who made them in Romania (probably a witch or vampire) Anyway I had a nice little business going until I got sued because the basic “evil eye” image she was using was too close to the likeness of someone else trademarked design.

Suffice to say I don’t sell those any more.

Now…having spent time in the military. It may be a hard sell to have them “let” you do anything. First of all make it clear that in no way will you every mention you are currently in the academy. Even a tenuous endorsement like that is a big “no no”. It is often easier for them to say NO than it is to halfway approve something and have it bite them in the ass.

The problem is this. If for some reason you are sued, as unlikely as that should be, it would normally be no big deal. You deal with it and unless you are doing something shady worst case scenario is usually just closing up shop. But with the military it can be a newspaper headline, “Airforce student sued over blah blah”

Of course if the article mentions your URL, that can be great for you (lol) but it could ruin peoples careers if they had authorized it. That is why they are all passing the buck up high. Chances are they see nothing “wrong” with it but it takes some balls to say ok

Karen

Wow, lots of very valuable information and insights here, Scott.

Can you suggest a couple of the tracks that help you get in the mood of writing. I usually just have the radio on, but I’m always interested in what other writer’s use.

I think that having a messy desk and not being inspired by it is one of the things that has really hindered my writing. I’ve been thinking of getting a better designed writing surface and more comfortable chair that will want me to spend the necessary hours in front of my computer writing.

Having the ‘publisher’ mindset from the beginning is an excellent idea. I’ve always thought of myself as a writer and my site as a business from day one (rather than a blogger with a blog) and that mindset certainly helps you approach your writing as a professional.

I remember you telling me that you haven’t missed a post since February so you are certainly walking the talk when it comes to hitting the ‘publish’ button. The best thing is that you are providing so much value with your articles day after day. I commend you for that as it’s really making a difference for a lot of people.

An idea book or even just a file with great titles is key, as is reading a lot. You never know where you will be inspired to write.

Thanks for this,
Karen

Steve Scott

The music for me is stuff that I do not listen to otherwise. Nothing current or among my general “favorites” it is more like soothing backgound music (better than elevator music though) . A mixture of jazz and classical mainly, that I can only half listen to but still gets me in the “mood” to write. Some of my favorite stuff is brazilian jazz, samba stuff by the likes of Astrud Gilberto. But that is getting to the point where I almost “listen” too much. The best stuff will give you a NLP cue without you really realizing it is on.

I am glad that you liked all the ideas. I think there is a lot of value approaching things from a “publishing” viewpoint, even if you currently do 95% of the work yourself. Whittling my work down has helped a lot to make things more managable.

lesley

Steve, that was a great post with a lot of useful stuff in it. I am a firm believer in having a calendar with topics decided well in advance. I think I’m unusual in that I find music doesn’t work for me. I always end up listening to it rather than writing, so I write in silence which my family tells me is very depressing!

A comfortable chair is essential, but I also find that a supply of suitable biscuits plays a part. I can’t write when I’m hungry.

Many writers are pretty chaotic, and this is somehow accepted as part of the ‘artistic temperament’ If you do find it difficult to set goals, there are writers groups that can help. If you have to tell someone else how you’re doing, you are more inclined to stick to your planned output.

Thanks for mentioning my ‘poem’ in your Sunday roundup!

Steve Scott

Lesley,

You probably are not unusual. If people put on their “favorites” it is easy to get distracted. I have a lot of mellow tunes that are great “background music” Like Enya that I would never listen to except while writing. This makes it work. But if people put on their “favorite” stuff it is way to easy to get distracted.

Setting goals, PARTICULARLY if someone is the “artistic temperment” type is extremely important. As Murray pointed out inn his comments If you let your have too long to accomplish something the time you spend on it will increase to fill that time frame.

I was very glad to include your poem. I really liked it when I first read it, and this was the first Sunday selction I have written since then that I thought it would “fit” in.

Fan Aslam ( twitter franalm)

Hi Steve:

Enjoyed reading this blog post. It is a piece of content writing. Information about blog writing is useful to me too.

Yes your Consistency is comes as number one quality and the rest under that. I haveto keep it in mind and add more to my writing attitude.

Thanks

Fran Aslam

Thu Nguyen

Definitely wonderful Steve!

It’s really those who says they aren’t writers that they are. 🙂 Now you didn’t give us the link to cleaning our space. LOL I really enjoyed this article and read it word for word as not only is it from personal experience but there’s practical advice, a blueprint for us to all fit into our blogging efforts. Like yourself, I started off blogging and content was a barrier through which I had to constantly plow through.

Daily, quality articles were my goal and as I went on, it’s like you said, the challenges run dry. But anyway, through trial and error, I’ve figured out how to get it going like yourself to plan ahead of time, schedule them and what’s more, test the various times of posting to see how they convert. Thus, that there is where I may fluctuate but purposely.

Furthermore, I’ve learned a few more things to think about and work into my schedule here. Thanks so much for sharing with us this awesome post!

You keep on rocking!
Thu

Steve Scott

Thu,

Thanks for pointing out I missed it. I am pretty bad at internal linking. I know I need to do more but forget too often. To have written a nice internal link in and forgotten to link it. Grrrrrr Appreciate the heads up.

You seem to also be a very regular blogger. No shortage of ideas yourself! In the long run, as long as the quality is good I think this helps a lot. More content for people to “discover” on Google. More content to internally link (when you remember >.< ) and the more you do it the easier it really becomes...

Steve Scott

Oh I did fix the link too….thanks again

Thu Nguyen

Hehe, reading it now. You’re right, the benefits are from both ends. You yourself get better and also the search engines love you more!

Cheers for that!

Zarko

Hi Steve, these are all great advices, although they will work for some and not for all if people are not sure about what motivates them the best thing is for them to experiment.

I am a great music lover, I can’t live without music, but in my case music distract me when I’m writing, so that is something that we pick up with experience and more time we spend writing.

Steve Scott

You are certainly right. Listening to music while writing particularly may not be for everyone. People certainly do develop their own styles and triggers to writing. It could even be something silly like you wrote a good piece wearing a silly hat. If you continuously wear that silly hat only when you are seriously writing, it can help you as a trigger to write well.

Everyone will have a personal “thing” for that, but if you can get one you can take advantage of it.

Jazz Salinger

Hi Steve,

Another epic post full of great advice. I love your ‘stream of consciousness’ writing idea to kickstart your writing when you’re stuck.

My biggest problem though is learning to write in a way that lets my personality shine through a little more. I find it really hard not to bore my readers to death.

I’m going to try your tip of reading more of people who write in a style that I would like to emulate and see if that helps. Here’s hoping.

Steve Scott

Jazz,

Don’t worry, you aren’t boring! Finding a real comfortable “voice” that really connects with your audience is something that must writers struggle with and I think continue to refine over time. It is an ongoing process and I think people get better at at.

Personally I try to write as if I am shooting the shit with a buddy at the bar trying to explain the point. Except maybe I filter out some foul language and the occasional vulgarity. It is odd though, I often “see” myself explaining things to guy friends, but according to all the stat trackers the majority of my readers are 30-40 yr old women. Odd thing, that.

Jazz Salinger

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’m hoping I can find an answer to this problem soon.

I like your idea of writing as if I’m trying to explain something to a friend. I hadn’t thought of that but it would definitely put more of me into a post.

It’s interesting to note that I really enjoy reading your posts and I fit into your reader demographic.

So, either you know how to talk to women or we’re more like your guy friends than you ever imagined. 🙂

Thanks again for the great tips.

Michael

Steve

I could not have said it better myself. I agree with all your recommendations and tips, but what resonated with me the most is your take on ‘set daily goals.’ This is instrumental to the short and long term success of any writing project. Stephen King in his epic “On Writing” made special note of the fact that he sets himself the daily goal of, if I recall correctly, 10,000 words a day. He won’t stop until he reaches that goal. And yes, I agree we should always write first and edit later.

Thanks for this mate. I really enjoyed it.

Michael

Steve Scott

You can’t get a lot better than using a guide by King to live by. The guy is able to write amazing amounts of stuff and keep it all interesting. Of course my opinion is that some of his BEST stuff was written a while back, but I just think that is partly because he lacks an editor with balls. The material is still good it just isn’t as “tight” as it used to be. But that is just my opinion and I digress…

Regardless King is one of the best writers alive. Truly the “Hemingway” of this generation so his opinion on writing matters, big time. If he said paint yourself yellow and run around the house naked to break a writers block, I would seriously try it.

10K words is one hell of a lot. But done stream of consciousness with good editing and rewrites later, it is very doable.

Slava

Steve,

that’s a brilliant “blueprint” post 🙂

I have to say that I did struggle with writing a lot. It was unbearable. First of all, it’s not my native language. Secondly, I can even barely write in my native language.

For me – there was only one simple thing that worked – it’s copying. I sat down and copied word-by-word bloggers and magazine columnists that I liked. Of course I never planned to publish it – it was just that – an exercise. Even though that didn’t make me into George Orwell or Emily Dickinson, but still my skills improved very fast.

And the second part of my progress I’d attribute to notepad (“idea book” in your terms). That is really helpful!

For me those were two things that made a guy who couldn’t tie two words together into.. well, a guy who can sew whole bearable sentences 🙂

Thanks for the tips – usually I only take just one advice from multi-advice posts (I don’t think you can really implement more than one at a time anyway) and I’m going to take one that recommends READING more books from great authors.

Thank you for that 🙂

Steve Scott

First of all let me say you write VERY well for someone for whom English is a second language. I can usually pick it out by an “odd” word usage here and there, but I really had no idea.

That is a pretty big achievement! So your method worked wonders! I can’t even speak another language with any fluency, so I am very impressed.

Glad you liked the post and thanks for the comments!!!

Have a wonderful week!

Warner Carter

Hi Steve

I just stumbled across your blog from finding your 41 niches book somewhere.

To get into the mood of writing I find the best way is to start writing. To the degree I just make myself clear away the distractions and make the time to sit down and write I make progress. If I wait for some mood then forget any real progress.

I wrote a post about how people cannot know if they can write unless they are writing. Something changes in how thinking takes place when people write. Its the same with reading, playing a musical instrument, and lots of activities.

Only when I am writing can I have the experience of a well turned phrase flowing out of me. Only when I am writing will some funny story come to mind to be transposed and expressed.

If anyone wants to write more, write better, make more money writing, then the only thing they can do that will really make a difference is to just sit down and write.

If you are feeling blocked then just write about that feeling and transcribe your own thoughts as they occur then and there. The block will be gone almost immediately. After all you are writing and when you continue to be writing your own thought flow you will gain understanding of your own process. There really is no block at that point because now you are writing and ideas going on in your brain will naturally be drawn out as you continue writing.

Steve@Lifestyle Design

Warner,

Glad you stopped by. I made the 41 niches book for a lead magnet to get people to come here, so I am glad to see it is working.

I hope you found the content of the 41 niches book to be good. 🙂

You are absolutely correct. The best way to improve writing is to sit down and do it! Just like anything there is a degree of “natural talent” but most of it is improved by simple effort.

I also agree that many times the way through a block is to write. It may even be to write something unrelated, but when you are writing you can easily get into a “zone” where things come more easily.

Thanks for dropping by and for a great comment that really added to the conversation!

Have a wonderful week!

Ben

This is a wicked round up of writing advice Steve. Thanks!

Anchoring emotional states is such a great way to produce consistant results in anything you do. And the great thing is you don’t just have to use music, you can use anything. When you understand how to trigger the anchor the rest is easy. Nice tip to include here my friend!

Steve@Lifestyle Design

Thanks Ben!

I appreciate your kind words.

Yup, music cues are just one form of anchoring and Neuro-Linguistic Programming that can be used. From comments some people have issues with writing and the distraction of music (which is understandable) so I probably should have been clearer on that topic. Thanks for bringing it up and clarifying 🙂

Frank

Steve,

This is awesome. There is enough information in this post to keep me busy for a month. There are some excellent tools and techniques that you have shared that I have never considered. Using music to create a writer’s mindset was my favorite.

I actually spend a lot of time doing writing exercises where I have to describe a picture I am looking at with words. It is challenging but also alot of fun. It gives you ways to describe scenry while using an alternative point of view.

Steve Scott

Frank,

I am glad you enjoyed the post!

Writing is like any other skill the more you play with it the better you get. Your exercises sound like an awesome way to do that!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a great comment!!

Shane Ryans

Steve, these are great tips. I am lucky. I have always been able to do stream of consciousness writing and get good grades with it. Guess born with gift of bs. ha/ha

Jiyoon

Hi Steve,

This is so helpful! I am going to “favorite” this so that I can take a look at whenever I need to. I especially liked the idea of having a designated workspace!

Alex @ Increase Traffic

Thanks for posting very helpful topic for blogger, it is not only helpful for blogger but also it is helpful for other writers as well.

But as we are on internet (interacting in commenting stuff) so most of the benefit would be availed by the blogger I think as well.

darren

” Writing skills is the only way that can proof if your work is legit or valid for various reasons. It is only good that writing ability have good quality.

Joe

Steve,

I think your best point is near the end of this post.

Set Daily Goals for Writing

Or put another way.

Write
Write
Then write some more.

I’ve noticed that the quality of my writing improved by just spending a few minutes each day with my hands on the keys.

As always, a great post!

Steve Scott

Joe,

For sure. 1200+ words a day should be a MINIMUM! Like you said, you can vastly improve with practice.

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