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Here are 10 timeless blogging tips to help you improve style and substance, straight from the pens of humanity’s finest authors.

1. Cut the boring parts

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~ Elmore Leonard

There’s no point in publishing content that isn’t useful, interesting, or both.

2. Eliminate unnecessary words

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very.” ~ Mark Twain

People use words like “really”, “actually”, or “extremely” because they think it makes the words more forceful. It doesn’t.

3. Write with passion

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~ William Wordsworth

If you’re not excited about your writing no one else will be.

4. Paint a picture

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~ Anton Chekhov

Simply stating something is fine, but when you need to capture attention, using similes, metaphors, and vivid imagery to paint a picture creates a powerful emotional response.

5. Keep it simple

Vigorous writing is concise. ~ William Strunk, Jr.

It is most effective to express yourself in the simplest possible manner.

6. Do it for love

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay. ~ Mark Twain

When you’re just starting out it’s hard to decide where to begin. Just start writing. The most valuable benefit is the feedback.

7. Learn to thrive on criticism

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. ~ Ray Bradbury

Learn to make the most of the insults and distrust the praise.

8. Write all the time

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed. ~ Ray Bradbury

You must commit to writing daily, if not you shouldn’t have a blog.

9. Write what you know … or what you want to know

Learn as much by writing as by reading. ~ Lord Acton

It makes sense to write about your area of expertise. If you don’t have one, reading and writing is the best way to develop one.

10. Be unique and unpredictable

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. ~ Oscar Wilde

Following what works will only get you so far. Experiment with new styles, even if it means taking criticism.

 

These great authors were penning these thoughts from the 18th – 20th century.  Each morsel of advice is just as relevant in the 21st century as it was in their time.

 

Until the next time…

 

Scott and Heidi