Seasonal articles are, in some areas of the web, regarded as a joke. Fine. All I can tell you is that mine have been successful, so my advice is this. Let the others go evergreen. [Tweet "If you write seasonal articles you stay in touch with where your readers and...read more
Are you ready for Christmas?
What do you mean, ‘No’?
OK, I’m kind of joking, but there are good reasons to write seasonal content, and since you almost certainly get fed up with routine writing, why not mix things up a little? Get started on your writing for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. A change, so they say, is as good as a rest, so learn to write good seasonal content for yourself and/or your clients.read more
I don’t usually ‘do’ poetry. It’s not really my thing, however a friend posted a poem on my facebook page and I remembered that back in the distant past (2012 I think) I wrote this tongue in cheek set of guidelines for proof readers.
With apologies to serious poets everywhere!read more
Writing with a co-author isn’t easy, but it can be fun as I found out when writing a book with my talented son. He’s had all the formal training, I’ve had the practical experience, so we thought we’d give it a try. Here are some of the things we learned from the experience.read more
Has this ever happened to you? You pick up a book. You've read the blurb, it sounds good, so you curl up and start reading. To begin with, everything's fine, but then it starts, like an itch, somewhere deep under your skin, or a sound that you can't quite hear....read more
Any job is easier when you have the right tools, but what do you actually need in order to work as a writer? Here’s a look a the tools I use every day. What they are, and how and why I use them.read more
Stuck for a title? Stuck for a subject? It isn’t easy to blog every single day. Here’s how I go about it, especially when I’m stuck.read more
Some people don’t write because they think they can’t. High expectations are good, but not if they stop you from getting your stuff out there where it can promote you and your business. So what can you do to improve your writing?
Use Active rather than passive language.
Write about what your readers want to know, not what you want to say.
And what ever you do, don’t …
October is the month of Halloween, so it’s time to write horror. Scary or funny? There’s often a fine line between the two, and it’s worth thinking about that. Why do people laugh at horror films? What are the cliches involved? What’s scarier, a well written ghost story or a movie? Also topics themed around the number 10 and the color yellow.read more
September is a great month for writing picturesque descriptions, but what about story ideas? Here are some that celebrate grandparents, the color blue and, of course, the harvest.read more