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Sunday, September 8, 2013
This weeks topic is on writing
After writing 24 blog posts in as many days, I’ve starting shifting beyond simple writing to being more strategic about how I write. In that process, I’ve noticed one particular area that I struggle: the first draft.
This week on Copyblogger.com, they posted 10 Rules for Writing Firsts Drafts. If you struggle with getting your thoughts out without constant editing, this is a great place to start. They also created a poster that you can print. Here’s a link so you can download it.
I’ve also started the process of improving my writing. Again, Copyblogger.com posted a great article on this: 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer. It’s easier than you think, and worth a quick 30-second read.
Writing regularly also has me thinking about how I approach my writing. I’ve recently spent some time studying other bloggers that I enjoy reading. Here’s a short list of those bloggers and a little insight as to what I’m learning from them:
- Jeff Goins of GoinsWriter.com writes about writing and publishing mainly, but I see him starting to venture out into new areas. He’s great at encouraging and his writing displays it. You’ll feel empowered after reading one post.
- I’ve been reading Michael Hyatt‘s work for a long time. What initially drew me to him was his more personal writing about 7-8 years ago. Since 2008, when he started really growing his traffic and platform, he’s gradually shifted away from the personal angle, but still offers very sound and practical advice for everyday living.
- Annie Downs is a longtime friend and I serve on the board for her company…so I might be biased…but what I love about her blog is that what you read is what you get in real life. Her style is down-to-earth and very practical about things that she loves. She’s an expert on teens so if you’re a mom or dad of girls in their tweens and teens go read her work.
- Annie Miller (aka Anne Jackson, aka Flowerdust) leverages her experiences to help people deal with their present circumstances. With Anne, you get real, honest and hard hitting topics. She’s not afraid to over-share and right when she’s got your attention, she’ll challenge you stop and think.
- Bobby Shaw – I met Bobby when he was an executive at Chipotle. In fact, he’s the guy who leaked to me that Chipotle was coming to Nashville back in January of 2009. Bobby spent quite a bit of time helping build Chipotle into what it now. This experience is fueling his new blog and is full of great insights.
Each of these writers has something unique to offer their audiences, which makes me conclude, there isn’t a perfect writing style. Everybody is unique, and that’s what makes each blog and human special.
For the first time in my life, I’m seriously considering writing a book thanks to this podcast from Michael Hyatt: Why You—Yes, YOU!—Should Consider Writing a Book. If you’re considering writing a book, you should check out his audio series: Discover How to Publish a Book and Launch Your Bestseller
Finally, I leave you with a video from author, Andy Andrews. The video title probably won’t compel you, but what he has to say will. It reminds us that what we do matters to everybody.
That’s it for this week’s edition of The Collective. As always, if you find something interesting and you want to share, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
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