Learn to Write from the Best Bloggers (Without Spending a Cent)

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I have a confession to make. I love young adult romance novels. Sometimes, they involve werewolves. (Oy vey, I can't believe I just shared that with the world.) Anyway... When I was younger, that's all I read: romance novels. And…

Don't know what to write about? Start with a photo.

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One of my favorite places in the world to write is Stella's Coffee Haus in Denver, Colorado. Tables, dogs, and fire pits litter the front porch. I've sat there for hours, reading or writing, with my goldendoodle, Kaia, sitting near my feet. In…

50 Fantastic Ways to Make Your Writing Remarkable

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I've been writing for over 20 years. And, like children pick up beautiful shells on the beach, I've collected little bits of wisdom. Some of them come from the sunny Creative Writing classroom at Denver School of the Arts, others from…

How I Tripled my Blog Traffic with Pinterest in Less than a Month

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A few weeks ago, I became OBSESSED with Pinterest. I heard a lot of people talking about it. How pins have a much longer shelf-life than tweets or status updates. How Pinterest drives more traffic than Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn combined. I…

Change This and Make Your Writing Way More Powerful

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Passive voice leaches power from your blog posts. When you write with passive voice, your sentences contain words like “were” “are” “is” “had” or “will be.” A sentence written in passive voice isn’t bad, but it doesn’t…

She helped hundreds of writers improve their craft. 4 ways you can bring her classroom into your blog

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I was in 10th grade when I met the Creative Writing teacher that would change my writing, and my life, forever. I had been writing for years, ever since I was 12, when I wrote a short story about a girl who falls off of a raft, is dramatically…

9 Fears that are Keeping You from a Blogging Breakthrough

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Have you ever read a blog that just crackles with authenticity and awesomeness? A blog that you immediately love, and follow, and want to come back to again and again? And then, after finding that blog, you think, I wish my blog was this…

The 5 Steps You Must Take to Shape Your Writer's Voice

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Let me just put it out there: I hate the term Finding your writer's voice. I've included it in a bunch of recent blog posts anyway, because so many people seem to use it. But I don't agree that you "find" your voice. That makes it seem like…

4 Fantastic Tools To Keep You Writing Consistently

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I hear so many bloggers say they struggle with writing consistently. It's hard to sit down and write day after day. That's why we need support, and tools, to keep us going. Here are 4 that I've found enormously helpful in my writing and blogging…

You Need These 5 Creative Writing Techniques in Your Blog (Especially #3)

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I've heard many people say that the best writers aren't necessarily the best bloggers. Blogging is supposed to be conversational. And all of the tools and tricks we learned in our high school English classes don't apply here. Well,…

The One Resource You Need to Claim Your Writer's Voice

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Listen to me read this 3 minute post. When I was 20, I shaved my head. I was in India, and I didn't tell anyone back home about it. My parents only realized what I had done when they were walking toward me in the airport. From afar,…

Nail These 4 Core Elements for a Powerful Blog Voice

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People always say, You have to have a unique voice for your blog to be successful. And you have to blog A LOT to figure that voice out. Which is good advice. But what if you want to define your blogging voice now? Can it be done? I think…