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Write in point form to break through a block

Writing in point form

There are times when you just can’t write. It’s not writer’s block, but something just as bad. The words are in your head but they come out … well, not in the way that you want them to.

That’s been happening with me lately, with my latest ebook project. I’m engaged in the subject, have a solid outline, and the ideas are in my head. But when I try to type them out, no amount of rewriting or editing brings the words together in the way that I want them to.

While trying to overcome this obstacle, I rediscovered a technique that worked for me in the past: writing in point form. Doing that gets the ideas and words out of my head and about 85% of the way to where I want them to be.

Let me share this technique with you.

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How to effectively use quotes with your writing

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When you’re writing non fiction, your voice is often the most dominant one in the piece. That’s not always a bad thing, but it’s not always enough.

Adding quotes can make your non fiction writing a bit more credible. It can give that writing a bit more depth. How? By presenting an opinion that bolsters your argument, by offering a contrary opinion or point of view, by adding something that can make your readers stop and think.

There are a number of ways you can effectively use quotes in your writing. Let’s look at three of them.

Should your blog posts be long or short?

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Over the last few years, I’ve heard people bandy about 1,200 to 1,500 words as the optimal length of a blog post. Someone once told me that blog posts of that length are the most shareable.

I’m not sure why that is. I figure that all blog posts are shareable, as long as they’re well written and as long as they contain useful or interesting information. That, to me, is the real key to attracting readers to your blog and to keep them coming back. That, to me, is the real key to making blog posts shareable.

You shouldn’t stress about stretching your blog posts out to the so-called optimal length or about cutting them down to smaller, more easily consumed size. Long and short blog posts both have their advantages.

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