MADD: A Writing Disorder That
Stifles Your Creativity

MADD

Do you:

  • Make careless spelling and grammatical mistakes?
  • Forget the point of your post?
  • Find yourself checking your feed reader, instead of writing?
  • Struggle with organizing your ideas?
  • Start a blog and then quit after a few weeks?

If you do, then you may be suffering from a writing disorder that affects millions of bloggers worldwide. You might’ve thought you were undisciplined, easily distracted, or a poor writer, but that’s not necessarily true. It might not even be your fault at all.

You could be experiencing MADD: Muse Attention Deficit Disorder.

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3 Writing Lessons I Learned in
Dog Obedience School

Golden Retriever Puppy

If an alien were to look down from outer space and analyze the hierarchy of animals on the earth, who would be at the top: humans or dogs?

Think about it.

We bathe and groom them. We rub and scratch them. We supply them with food and water. In return, all they do is smile and wag.

Who’s really in charge?

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Master Your Muse and Multiply Your Blogging Effectiveness

Muses

Silence.

It’s frightening for a writer. Not real silence, of course, but the eerie quiet inside your head, the mysterious absence of words. You think and think and think, but it’s like turning on a light switch when the lightbulb is blown. Nothing happens, no matter how hard you try.

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7 Warning Signs That You’re Drunk on
Your Own Words

Wine Bottle

This is a guest post from Jon Morrow.

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You sit down in the computer for a few minutes, hoping to whip up a quick blog post. Then an idea hits you. It’s vague at first, but it has a certain sparkle of possibility. You start constructing a post, becoming more convinced with every word that you’re onto something.

The feeling grows and grows until your fingers are flying across the keyboard. The words are flowing, and you’re saying exactly what you want to say, exactly the way you want to say it. You bring the post to a close with an ending that you can only describe as, “Perfect,” and then pause to read what you’ve written.

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How to Create a Blog That
People Really Digg

Digg

Have you ever noticed that some blogs seem to rise to the top of Digg over and over again?

You might think that they’ve discovered some magic formula for getting attention, built a “Digg culture” on their blog, or they just get all of their friends to Digg their posts.

And they might.

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