2. Write down your dreams.
This post about not giving up originated from a rather odd dream.
3. Really pay attention to the world around you.
In fact try and start up conversations with strangers – cashiers, waitresses, the guy asking for spare change. Just be open to the world around you. You’ll be happier, more confident and more creative. Trust me, the more experiences you have, the more you have to write about.
4. Which leads me to James Altucher.
Just take in the brilliance he spews forth. He dispenses golden nuggets of wisdom quite often.
6. If you’re stuck, just sit down and start writing.
This is Josh Wilner’s method and I agree. The guy is prolific.
7. Read Stephen King’s “On Writing”
8. Join Toastmasters.
This organization has done so much for me on so many levels. Being a more creative writer is just one.
10. Read Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art”
11. Realize that just about everything Brian Clark says is true (if you are trying to market yourself online).
Read Copyblogger, nuff said.
12. Jump on over to The Sales Lion and see how successful Marcus Sheridan has become, writing like he talks. I’ve met him, and yes he’s THAT amped up all the time.
13. Write as if you were seeing the world through someone else’s eyes for a day. Pick anyone.
14. Try meditative music while you write (When you get sick of the kick-ass electronica ;)).
15. Take joy in trying to frame ANY topic so it fits within your blog’s theme.
Challenge yourself to creatively fine-tune your posts so they speak to your audience. Take great pleasure in whittling down a topic that is either fairly mundane or really out there, then putting your own spin on said topic: Look to Altucher for guidance.
16. If you watch a stellar video, listen to a super-informative podcast or see a really good movie, go back and watch, listen, but with pen in hand.
Discover the nuances and write about them. Deconstruct. Any form of media is a gold mine for blog posts.
17. When you comment on someone’s site, take the time to craft something really good.
Treat it as a mini blog post. Write out one great comment instead of five slightly average comments per day. Okay, you can write an average comment (we all do) but when a post really, really resonates with you … let it be known.
18. Get out of your niche.
Purge your reader and explore a new world of blogs. This will help you see things in and entirely different light.
19. Watch and listen to comedians.
To me, comedians are the most brilliant communicators on the planet.
They are without a doubt, the best public speakers.
They are insanely creative and they are not afraid to speak the truth.
A good start? Listen to Louis C.K., Bill Burr or watch some old George Carlin videos on YouTube.
20. Blog upside down.
21. Read Start Your Novel.
If you need an idea to jump start your writing, John will help.
22. Add fire and emotion to your writing.
Get into it, fully. Blog with emotion.
23. Use WriteRoom, so when you write, all you see is green text on a black screen.
24. Stop trying to be perfect.
Focus less on rules, more on creativity.
25. Be more descriptive in your writing.
Don’t overcomplicate things, but use more colorful language. If you need some help, check out Ashley Ambirge, she’s cool like that.
26. When you can’t find the right word, go to Urban Dictionary.
27. Figure out when you’re most creative and reserve your writing for that time of day.
28. Just for fun, write a review of your favorite series, a new movie or that great book you just read.
You don’t HAVE to post it.
30. Before you write, relieve the stress in your body.
Run up and down the steps, walk, mediate, do yoga, breath. Scream your lungs out. Just do something so you’re more relaxed when you start typing.
31. Write with good old pen and paper.
Writing long-hand sure works for Neal Stephenson.
32. Stop waiting and just do.
Like anything else, planning needs to stop at some point. Write! Ralph Dopping pointed me towards Jack White. Check it out and learn to be creative, then write the most creative post of your life.
33. Write a list post, just for fun. (Don’t stop me, I’m on a roll).
34. Read every day.
35. Just write, as often as you can.
Craig is Principal of McBreen Design. A Seattle Branding and Design firm which helps small companies bring their purpose to life with brand strategy, award-winning graphic design, and web design services.
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