- “Use simple words - don’t try to use vocabulary as it makes blog posts harder to read and understand. As a general rule of thumb, use vocabulary that a 5th-grader can understand.” – Neil Patel, co-founder of KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Hello Bar
- “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer
Write even more.
Write even more than that.
Write when you don’t want to.
Write when you do.
Write when you have something to say.
Write when you don’t.
Write every day.
Keep writing.” – Brian Clark, founder of Copyblogger
- “Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.” – J.K Rowling, author of Harry Potter
- “Do not imitate someone else’s style. You have your own personal style and your readers are following you because they love your style. You need not imitate someone nor do you have to write as if you are writing for a news agency. Make your writing personal.” – Amit Agarwal, founder of Digital Inspiration
- “You want to edit your own work? Assume you don’t know anything about the topic and read the content. Ask yourself: does the author sound like they know what they’re talking about? You think the readers won’t notice the paraphrased online sources? Think again! The audience can see right through your insecurities. If you’re still not an expert on the topic, become one. Read more, learn more. Then, edit the piece to make it valuable.” – Kim Taylor, professional editor from EssaysOnTime.
- “Other bloggers’ posts are often useful jumping-off points for writing your own. Some bloggers simply report on somebody’s post, link to it, and that’s it. A more strategic way to do this is to either agree with the blogger you’re citing, disagree, or add your own perspective.” – Denise Wakeman, founder of The Blog Squad
- “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one in your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day… fifty the day after that… and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s – GASP!! – too late.” – Stephen King… you know who he is.
- “Tell the truth. Never lie, mislead, or cajole. Trust is slowly earned and easily lost.” – Jeff Goins, author of The Art of Work
- “When people write on forums, they rarely do so for style or beauty (there are exceptions, of course, but they’re rare). Forumers are writing to convey information and ideas. Still, those ideas can be beautiful and inspiring in and of themselves. They can inspire more ideas in you. I’m not saying you have to read a wide array of forums every day, but if you’re looking for information, trawling some good forums isn’t a bad idea.” – Leo Babauta, the blogger behind Zen Habits.
- “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.” – William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style