It doesn't matter if you're a veteran writer or an aspiring one, there is always room for improvement. I'm a big believer in this and even had an editor at a newspaper tell me once, "you'll be dead before you fix everything about your writing."
A morbid outlook? Perhaps. But yes, becoming a better writer is a lifelong process.
I certainly don't take my own growth for granted, and I feel it is my responsibility to share with other writers and editors what I've learned – especially since I started Edit This®. I've written 22 blog posts over the years with tips, tricks, and life hacks, and lucky for you, I've placed links to each one of them below.
There's a myriad of strategies for writers looking to be more organized, and what works best for one may not benefit another. Before you sit down to craft your next blog, article, or book, read this blog post. A video is below, too.
This is a bit late if you're just now reading this one, but it's great advice for next summer. Some tips include getting your portfolio ready and interviewing as many veteran writers and journalists as you can. Click the link to learn more.
I've had plenty of mentors give me great advice, and I know I'm a better storyteller now than I was even a year ago because of it. Still, you can never hear too much encouragement – especially from colleagues in the writing profession.
Oh no, not another blog post about time management. If you're saying that to yourself as you read this, I know how you feel. But in all seriousness, I think it's a good idea to share how time management strategies can change over time.
For me, writing by hand often makes the writing process easier. I can write down entire articles or just collect my thoughts well before I start using my laptop. This blog discusses how sitting down with a pen and paper first can really do you a ton of good.
With patience and a keen eye, you and your editor can shorten practically any sentence by removing what I call "empty calorie" words and phrases. These also are called "filler" or "weasel" words, and they contribute nothing to your writing.
My thirst to be a better writer knows no limits. Like a kid who already knows how to ride a bike, I want to learn how to pop a wheelie. This blog post is chock full of ideas and tips to improve your writing.
Interviewing is about preparation, listening more than you speak, and striking a balance between doing your job and having trusting conversations that put everyone at ease – even when you're asking sensitive questions.
I have tools and resources in the old toolbox to keep me working efficiently, help block distractions, and make sure my writing sounds good. Check out my favorite essentials.
Obviously, you want to write clean and keep mistakes to a minimum. But all writers should embrace situations where readers point out errors that slip by. Here's why.
The great folks over at Grammarly put together a quiz that helps writers all over the world determine exactly how introverted or extroverted they are. Read this blog and take their quiz to see where you fall.
No matter how much we love to write, writers often find themselves searching for the necessary inspiration to jump-start that next big project or stay motivated to finish it.
A few years ago I began seeking out ways to better prepare myself for random moments of clarity. This is not always an exact science, but I'd like to share with you a few simple tips that have worked for me.
I've spent a lot of years writing for newspapers, and that industry is definitely a scary one given the lack of job security these days. Here are a few ways to make yourself indispensable as a writer, no matter where you work.
I know this title may seem like I've lost my mind, but I'm really just being positive. There are plenty of posts out there that talk about beating writer's block, but very few of them attempt to find the value in it. This blog post does.
I shared this blog post to show that while writer's block can be a royal pain in the you know what, we all have more control over it than we think we do. Sometimes all it takes is to step away and draw a rainbow fish.
This blog post goes over the benefits of being an extroverted writer, including the ability to pull inspiration from anywhere, and the willingness to educate other writers.
Rookie writers aren't the only ones who need a good editor. Veteran writers make mistakes, too, becoming so invested in their work that they overlook grammatical errors, holes, or even shortcomings in their writing style during the editing process.
Some of the best journalists, writers, and storytellers are those who spend more time perfecting their active listening skills rather than passively listening or being more concerned with what the next question is on their notepad.
A great lede sets the stage, it hooks the reader with crucial information, and it makes an otherwise mundane article stand out. I'd go so far as to say in readers' eyes, it separates a good writer from a great one. So how do you know you're doing it right?
We are storytellers, and we want to get the story right in every possible way. So God forbid if there is even the tiniest mistake. Mistakes happen, and this blog provides tips on how to handle perfectionism.
This was one of the first blogs I ever wrote, and it still has some great advice in it. There are plenty of articles with tips on how to be a better journalist, and they all offer great advice. I think it boils down to five basic principles.
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