Are You a Talented Professional Writer? Read This …

the difference is strategy, perception, and a higher pay grade

Copyblogger loves writers. We always have.

For more than nine years now, the writer has been the most important person we write for. Week in, week out.

I’ve written about making a living as a professional writer.

And I elaborated a bit on that, unpacking some of what it takes to move from “good writer” to “smart, well-paid content marketer.”

It’s why we created our list of Certified Content Marketers.

And it’s why we open that program periodically to new writer applicants.

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Why Your Mom Was Right About Blogging

When it comes to blogging, Mom knows best

It’s a good thing your mom taught you everything you need to know to become a well-respected, successful blogger, isn’t it?

What’s that?

Your mom never taught you anything about blogs? Because blogs didn’t exist when you were growing up?

I beg to differ.

I’m going to bet that she really did teach you everything you need to know. She just may have forgotten to say “when blogging.”

Let’s take a look.
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5 Ways to Write a Seductive Sentence

seductive-sentences

Here’s the thing: Your sentences don’t have to say much. They just have to say the right things.

When you are trying to get people to respond to your articles, subscribe to your email newsletter, buy your products, or donate to your cause … you need to write seductive sentences.

And you need to do it naturally. Here’s how to do that.

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What to Do When You Absolutely, Positively Must Know If Your Content Will Rock

nobody knows anything ... except the audience

Ever had a great idea, and then started to doubt yourself?

Or maybe you’ve already executed on that great idea, but you’re hesitating to launch. Maybe it’s an article, or an ebook, or a new product or service.

How can you be sure it will work? Should you ask for feedback?

I’ll answer both of those questions in this article, but first I need to tell you a couple of stories from the nutty worlds of music and film.

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Proof That Grit Is the Only Way to Reach Your Potential

grit

In our culture, much is made of natural ability. But natural ability is nothing without grit. In fact, without grit, natural ability can actually be wasted.

Recent science tells us that grit can accurately determine who will graduate from high school or West Point or even win a spelling bee. In other words, grit is an indicator whether or not someone will reach his or her potential.

But what is grit? Where does it come from? Can you develop grit if you don’t have it? And what does this have to do with content marketing?

Fortunately, these are the questions The Lede hosts Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth tackle in this week’s episode of The Lede. Not to mention, there’s a fun Grit Quiz you can take to determine how much grit you have.

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How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Verbs

dumb-verbs

Sentences are pretty simple little things. Noun and predicate. So why do we screw them up with lame verbs? Good question.

Even in the complex sentence, we still depend upon the noun, we still depend upon the verb. So those constructions better rock.

And because the difference between a brilliant sentence and a bad sentence usually boils down to the verbs … your verbs need life.

They should vibrate. Tremble. They should carve a vivid picture in the head of your reader.

In other words, they should be active. And fierce. They should growl, hiss. Leave an aroma.

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