Big Words In Our Writing – To Use or Not to Use?

Big Words In Our Writing – To Use or Not to Use?

Big Words In Our Writing - To Use or Not to Use? A common question among writers is: Should I use big words in my writing? The answer depends on the word and the importance of using it. Is the word critical to your message (i.e., a technical term)? If so, is there a way you can define it? Unless your readers possess your expertise, most readers won’t know technical terms so they’ll be grateful when you define them. If the word is not a technical term, that’s where we can get into some hot water. Avoiding big words because you don’t think your readers will know them is like avoiding calling someone because you think they’re too busy. How do you know whether or not your readers know the words you want to use? Even if you research your ideal client, you know where they hang out, and you listen to them talk, you’re only seeing a part of them....
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How to Get Really, Really Good at Writing and Become a Great Writer

How to Get Really, Really Good at Writing and Become a Great Writer

How to Get Really, Really Good at Writing and Become a Great Writer Want to get really, really good at writing and become a great writer? I hear a lot of complaints about writing… how hard it is, how boring it is, how it takes so long, how they're just not interested in what they're writing about. The list goes on and on. I think every writer has struggled with at least one of these problems at some point in their writing career. I know I have, especially when it comes to writing for my blog. The number one trick to solve this problem is simple: do a lot of writing. How do you get so good at skiing that you think black diamonds are a cake walk? Practice. How do you increase your endurance to compete in the Olympics? Practice. How do you learn how to write a great novel? Practice. How do you… Okay, you get the idea. It's a simple answer, but becoming a great writer requires...
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5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers

5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers

5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers The internet age has paved the way for better storytelling. Boring, lame stories in both fiction and nonfiction don't cut it anymore. Competition has increased, fueling the need to stand apart from the crowd. If you want to get heard, you have to tell a great story. Unfortunately, poor stories are everywhere. Writers get rushed and marketing departments churn out subpar materials, adding to the slush of bad writing on the internet. With all of the information available to us, there really is no good excuse. Telling a great story through writing takes time and effort. And it's certainly not something you can learn overnight. But here are some keys to great storytelling skills... 1. Make It Relatable  Stories that aren't relevant to readers fail to gain traction not just in print but on the internet as well. They risk damaging a writer's reputation because if the writer managed to write a great headline or...
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