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Five Tips for Greater Clarity in Blogging

People overwrite and under-explain.
You should write as you speak (with fewer grammatical errors, certainly) and make sure to describe what you mean in clear terms.
Sounds simple, but many people don’t practice these two principles. I know a few who speak well – their everyday English is correct, conversational and compelling – but when they set [...]

Listing Toward a Blog

Think lists.
I know, we live in an age of BuzzFeed lists, listicles in magazines, top-10 lists of all sorts from best- or worst-dressed most highly paid, biggest sellers, etc. But people like lists, and they get readers’ attention.
So every once in a while, give yourself a list blog.
This has three advantages (note the segue into [...]

Tips to Writerly Productivity

I’d written about how important commitment is to writing.  Not only do you need the desire to do it, you need to keep a schedule in order to get something done.
This is less a matter of finding time (you can never find it) but of making time, and making the most of the time you [...]

You’re More Original Than You Think

Don’t think about jumping on a bandwagon.
Build your own.
If you’re considering following what’s been popular, don’t. That’s what publishers, television stations and movie studios do. So put away your first chapter of George Washington, Zombie Killer, and The Blood-Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne, Vampire Vixen, and think of something new.
It’s a new year, it’s a clean [...]

Where Ideas Come From

Professional writers, especially novelists, are often asked where they get their ideas.
Ideas come from other ideas. You see connections and you train your mind to weigh in on those connections. One thing leads to another, and an idea grows out of the possibility for expressing a similarity or a difference between what you’ve observed.
For someone [...]

Should You Publish a Full or Partial RSS Feed?

If you’re not familiar with RSS, watch this video.
One common question is whether businesses should publish full or partial RSS feeds.
In a full feed, RSS readers can read entire articles in their reader without having to click a “Read More” link that takes them to the full article on your blog.
In a partial feed, obviously, [...]

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