(Okay, before my Baptist friends call my Mom…B is for the things that a great writer needs to BE…S is for the things that a great writer needs to do that all begin with the letter “s.”

Writing great content requires that you “be” several different things. these include…

1.  Be aggressive.
..”Eat that frog.” Add the writing habit to your morning routine, perhaps the first thing on your schedule.  The earlier you get it done, the less the rest of your day can interfere.

2.  Be analytical...Take as much time as it takes to figure things out and create systems that work for you personally. Find a routine that works not only for reaching short-term goals, but also long-term goals.

3.  Be committed
…The new habit must be a true priority. The important thing now is not how well you do, but that you actually do do it….

4.  Be diligent…Be diligent about keeping any new habit for just one day at a time, and you’ll find yourself not even thinking about that new habit…and actually miss doing this on the days when you don’t.

5.  Be patient.

6.  Be purposeful
. Consider the following…

  • Developing this new habit will give me…
  • Developing this new habit will help me…
  • Developing this new habit will help me have…
  • Developing this new habit will help me know…
  • Developing this new habit will prevent…
  • Developing this new habit will provide me with…
  • Developing this new habit will save me…

7.  Be relevant…Stay as close as you can to products related to your new habit and people who share the vision. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, then don’t hang out at Golden Corral…Take a trip to Whole Foods instead.

8.  Be resourceful.

  • Look through Amazon...What are the the best-selling books and authors about this new goal or habit…What are the most popular items related to this goal or habit and the main companies are that make these products. 
  • Look through books…Which of these best-selling books seem worth reading or a total waste of time from what I can see on apps and sites such as Kobo.
  • Look though magazines...Which magazines are most likely to have published a related article lately..
  • Look through websites... Look at the websites of the manufacturers of the products and best-selling authors related to your goal or habit…
  • Look at blogs…What blogs, including the websites of the people on the list of best-selling authors, are worth following.

9.  Be “smart”...Know what you’re trying to accomplish and the best way to go about it so that you don’t waste all or even part of your time figuring out what you need to do.

10.  Be timely.
Decide a minimum amount of time that you want to spend on your goal or habit each day. Setting a timer forces you to stay focused, get to the point, and keep the schedule you’ve set for yourself..

11.  Be willing
…Be willing to admit that you do not know everything and to ask for advice.

12.  Be willing…Be willing to rethink, regroup, and restart. 

    Now, as you develop this writing habit, there are certain steps to consider as you write. these include…

    1. Study it……Read for the following…

    • Charts…(this shows that)…
    • Definitions…(this means that)…
    • Examples…(examples of this include)…
    • Functions…(this does what)…
    • Lists…(including the following)…
    • Parts…(this consists of)…
    • Steps…(this involves)… 

    2. Set it up….arrange the notes that you’ve collected during research together… and figure out what information you will include and what you will not in your article through either mind mapping or outlining…

    a.  Mind Mapping…Mind mapping can help you see how all of the pieces of the puzzle fit together into an article or a series of articles. Write a single keyword or Big Idea in the center of a whiteboard or piece of paper…Start linking associated ideas, words, and concepts around that keyword or Big Idea.Spend time moving topics around at will, grouping and regroupinginformation until it makes the most sense to you.Reread and evaluate the ideas you generated. List all the ideas that you actually do want to include in your paper.Cross out any ideas that you do not want to include.Group related ideas together.Arrange these groups of ideas from the most general to the most specific. Label these arranged lists with main and sub headings

    b.  Outlining…Choose three main points to focus on about the topic at hand. Dedicate one paragraph per main point….one article per main point if writing a series. Sketch outlines for each of these three sections. Start putting together rough drafts..Creating an outline will helps a writer…

    • decide if you even really wants to write about this topic
    • decide if you really can write an article or series about this topic
    • decide if you needs to wait on writing about this topic
    • keep from going off on some irrelevant tangent
    • plan ahead
    • provide even more value to the reader
    • save time, stress, and worry
    • stay organized and on track

    3. Say It…As a writer you should try to write an article that “involves” the reader by…entertaining and making your readers laugh…inspiring your readers… offering advice based on your own past experience and expertise…teaching your readers how to do something or make something. A few good prompts to now start actually writing include….

    • Few people know that…
    • Few people realize that..
    • I believe that….
    • In response to…
    • In summary…
    • It has been my experience that…
    • Let me tell you a story about…
    • This is important because…

    Choose a title...Choosing a title early in the writing process will help keep you focused on both your topic and your purpose. Create a title that identifies what your post is about…

    Write an Introduction....The first paragraph should serve as a brief and simple introduction—what topic you’ll be covering, why it’s important, how the article will help to solve a problem or to answer a question.

    Write a Conclusion...End with a call to action. Offer encouragement or tips on how to reach the goal. Sum up your main idea. Tell your readers what to do next. 

    4. Scan It...Read back through what you have written, asking yourself…
    Am I writing this from the right point of view?

    • Am I writing this with the right tone of voice?
    • Do all of the ideas in the article make sense?
    • Do any sections or sentences need to be explained further?
    • Does the article have a specific purpose?
    • Does the article accomplish its intended purpose?
    • Have you made your best points obviously stand out? 
    • Is any additional information needed?
    • Is it appropriate for my target audiences?
    • Is it clear?
    • Is it organized?
    • Is there any irrelevant information that should be deleted?
    • What is my “bottom line”? 
    • Am I satisfied with my conclusion?
    • What would you say is the most successful part of your article? Why?  

    One of the first steps in carrying out a business plan is learning the skills and tasks needed to carry out your business goals.

    In the case of blogging, the primary skill that most of us need to learn more about is writing…after all, who wants to take the time to read a poorly written blog.

    There are many resources that will help you improve your writing skills and become a better blogger…This post will highlight several such websites…

    1. 750 Words

     The primary goal of this website is to get writers into the daily habit of writing.every day.
    This site gives writers the opportunity to write Morning Pages, three pages of writing done every day about anything and everything that pops into mind. ..a concept that originated with the book The Artist’s Way, first published in…

    Writing Morning Pages helps clear your mind and gets the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. 

    According to the website, the standard accepted number of words per page is 250 words…making three pages about 750 words.

    This site tracks your word count at all times, lets you know when you’ve passed the 750 mar, awards points based on your writing, allows you to compare your points with the other 300,000-plus members, and gives you an analysis of the feelings, themes, and mindset of your words each day.

    2. The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) was founded in 1967 as a nonprofit organization created to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, encourage and advocate for new writing programs, and provide publishing opportunities for young writers.

    Their website includes an extensive database of literary programs, grants, awards, contests, publication opportunities, and conferences throughout North America. 

    The AWP Conference and Bookfair is the largest literary conference in North America and features over 2,000 presenters and 550 presentations, readings, lectures, panel discussions, book signings, and receptions. Each year conference attracts more than 12,000 attendee and 800 exhibitors.

    The first conference was held in 1973 at the Library of Congress, with help from the National Endowment for the Arts. The next conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from February 8–11, 2017.

    The Writer’s Chronicle, a magazine published six times a year, has been an important asset to writers for the last forty years.

    The magazine features in-depth essays on the craft of writing; a listing of grants, awards, publication opportunities available to writers; a list of upcoming conferences for writers; exclusive interviews with accomplished authors, and news on publishing trends.

    Each year AWP sponsors six contests…

    1. AWP Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. 
    2. Donald Hall Prize for Poetry is an award of $5,500 and publication. 
    3. The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction 
    4. The AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction 
    5. The AWP Prize for the Novels
    6.  The AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature 

    3.  The Authors’ Nook is a blog written by Ben Schmitt—a blogger, copywriter, and screenwriter—that offers great writing advice with a dose of humour.

    4.  Backspace is an online writers organization with over 1,800 members, including several dozen New York Times bestselling authors,cthat seeks to help writers help other writers through discussion forums, an online guest speaker program, question and answer sessions, articles from publishing experts, and actual conferences and events. Backspace was included in Writer’s Digest Magazine’s ‘101 Best Websites for Writers’ list from 2005 to 2012.

    5.  The Blog Starter is a website run by Scott Chow that shares his knowledge from twenty years of experience starting blogs and websites. his ambition is to show other people exactly how to start their own successful blogs.

    6.  The Crafty Writer offers a free online, self-paced creative writing course that consists of eight sessions… 

    • Releasing your Creativity
    • How to write a short story
    • Writing from a point of view (POV)
    • Bringing your writing to life
    • Writing characters
    • Writing dialogue
    • Poetry: how to write poems
    • Markets, competitions and opportunities

     7.  Daily Writing Tips delivers a daily article to your inbox or RSS reader…about topics including grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, and vocabulary..

    8.  Grammarly is an online grammar and spelling checker that helps users find and correct writing mistakes. 

    Grammarly provides expert help and instant feedback on the accuracy, impact, and credibility of text that you copy and paste into their online text editor. 
    After checking for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, Grammarly flags these errors, suggests corrections, and explains the reasoning behind each correction.

    The Grammarly website also offers…

    • Access to the Grammarly Facebook community and Twitter accounts
    • Grammarly Answers, an online community for writers to ask and answer questions on English writing
    • Grammarly Handbook, an online guide explaining English grammar and style
    • Grammarly Words, an online dictionary-thesaurus hybrid
    • The Grammarly Blog full of fun grammar tips and discussions

    9.  inkPageant is a database and search engine for blogs and blog posts related to writing. The site strives to help writers improve their writing skills and reach their goals…by gathering the stories of the experiences of other authors and advice given on their own blogs. 
    10.  Positive Writer encourages writers to stay positive during those days of writer’s block, self-doubt, rejection, waiting, and disappointment.

    This award-winning, highly acclaimed website was created by Bryan Hutchinson—a writer whose work has been published in newspapers, national magazines, books, and on world famous blogs.

    Articles can be found on this site that to encourage, inspire, motivate, and advise writers…such as this article,  39 Great Books on Writing.


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