I’ll get right to the point.
I can teach you a lot about blogging and writing to build an audience online, but the following people have decades of writing experience that I think we can all learn from.
Today we’ll be looking at 7 of the smartest things ever said about writing, from some of the best writers, authors and novelists of all time.
This is the first of five posts in the “Epic Writing” series, and I’m excited to get started.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King
The idea here is simple. Read more. Reading gets your
mind going. It can spark ideas for your next blog post, video or product. Reading blogs in your industry also keeps you in the loop.
It’s a great way to figure out where your industry is and where it’s headed (by seeing what other bloggers are talking about). You can also gauge the interest in certain topics by seeing the amount of sharing and engagement these posts get.
“If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
I completely agree with this statement and it directly applies to our blogs and information businesses. This quote however, can be interpreted in two ways. One being, create content you want to read. Which is great, but can backfire on you if you’re not careful.
The second interpretation is, if you’re struggling to accomplish something in your business or life, there’s a good chance a large number of people are struggling with the same thing. If the solution isn’t out there in the form of an article, video or podcast, then the solution MUST be shared when you figure it out.
If you thought it was important for you to solve that problem, then most people would probably feel the same.
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost
This quote builds on the last one; we need to write what we feel is important. Fluff doesn’t sell. Fluff doesn’t grow blogs. Fluff is spun content that no one cares about. If you write to fill your web pages with words, then you’re not going to build the audience you want.
However, if you’re writing with the sole purpose of engaging, giving value and helping people, then the audience will surely begin to build itself. Your post will reflect the time and effort it took to create it.
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau
Aside from reading more, we must experience more. Most of my writing is based on experiences, because I truly believe that experience sells. Ever wonder why you love case studies so much? I can almost guarantee case studies are one of your favorite types of content pieces to consume.
We’re all hardwired this way. We want (and need) to learn from the experience of others. So why would you sit down and write about something you have not experienced for yourself. I wont’ get into morals and ethics, but think about this quote when you’re creating your next post.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” – Stephen King
Writer’s block isn’t real – it’s something we create in our heads. It stops us from doing the work. Stephen’s advice is to remember that the scariest part of writing is just getting the first sentence on paper (or screen). It becomes less scary after that.
I’m sure you’ve experience this before. Once you get into the flow of writing, it takes a pretty big distraction to get you to stop (at least for me it does). So don’t dread the blank page. Read this post on how to beat the blank page if you need more motivation.
“You can make anything by writing.” – C.S Lewis
I LOVE this one by C.S Lewis. It embodies what it means to be a writer in 2013 and beyond. With the internet moving at such a fast pace and the barriers to entry in this online world being completely non-existent, anyone can create anything they want.
They can create a powerful movement. They can create a one man (or woman) business. They can create a website that impacts the entire world in a positive way. They can create the life they’ve always wanted… using nothing but words.
Isn’t that powerful? Share your thoughts in the comment… I’d love to here what you think about this quote in particular.
“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway
I had to include this one in here. =)
The first draft of anything is shit means exactly what it says. It doesn’t need much explanation. But it does lend to the idea that if you value your audience, you will take your time to edit and polish up your posts.
Which one was your favorite?
Leave it in the comments..
Want to read the other parts of the series? Here they are: