If you’re reading this post, you’re undoubtedly one of the approximately 80% of Americans who want to write a book. You’ve probably had an idea floating around in your head for years. Maybe it’s your life story or a memoir. Perhaps it’s a business book that showcases your company or a how-to book explaining your favorite hobby. Or maybe it’s a work about a specific historical event or era.Read More
You know there’s a story inside of you. A meaningful story, not just a fluff piece. Something that will inform, inspire and intrigue others. But every time you try to put it down on paper, you come up empty.
It seems that no one else has this problem. New authors crop up every day, causing you to wonder what it is that they know that you don’t. How were they able to take their ordinary life and turn it into something people are eager to read?
Whether you’re a professional blogger, copywriter or ghostwriter, you’re getting paid to compose well-written articles and books that garner likes, shares and ultimately, sales. If you’re an entrepreneur with an important message to share or an individual writing an autobiography, then you want to ensure that your readers enjoy and benefit from your message and story.
So how can you create a stand-out piece of work that’s not dry, boring or confusing? Follow these seven techniques:
Remember the days of letter writing? Long before email, we typically wrote notes, postcards and letters to our family and friends. There didn’t have to be a real purpose behind them, other than to let the recipient know we were thinking of them. Taking the time to simply write a few lines showed that they were important to us.
If you’ve ever been on social media, then you’ve probably noticed the overwhelming majority of personal posts from people who seemingly lead perpetually blissful lives. You know, the ones who constantly write about their fantastic job, perfect kids, exquisite meals and fabulous vacations. As a friend of mine once said, “People only post their highlight reels on social media.” What she means is that people tend to freely write about the positive aspects of their lives, but rarely share any of their challenges.Read More
I never thought I’d find myself inside of a prison, yet there I was for the second time in my life. The somber sight of those seemingly endless coils of barbed wire that surround drab clusters of old brick and cement block buildings always seemed to imply that I was to stay out as much as the inmates were supposed to stay inside.Read More
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Dalene Bickel is an author, book coach and speaker who helps aspiring authors successfully write, develop and self-publish their books.
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