Why Writers Need to Develop a Sense of Humor

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Who would you prefer to write for you: somebody with a vanilla personality or someone with an awkward, funny edge to them?

Someone who can find the unique angle that will differentiate you from the mob?

Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth goes for the awkward edge because, when getting attention and visibility online is so difficult but so important, Demian wants a person to look at what he does and say, “Hey, why don’t we position you as, like, the priest of web writing?”

That’s goofy. But it gets people’s attention. Let Demian explain.

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6 Ways to Become a Completely Original Writer

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Let’s admit it: in a world where blogs and blog posts proliferate, it’s hard to be original.

But it’s not impossible … as long as you’re willing to do a little work.

So what can you, as a web writer or blogger, do to write a post that stands out? That’s original? And will be shared broadly?

Here are six techniques to try.

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Conquer Content Shock with Illegitimate Ideas

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Here’s the thing: nobody can deny that there is more content out there than ever before. But I don’t think the challenge this creates for content marketers is any more unique than 60 years ago or 600 years ago.

In the face of so much content, yes, we are shocked — but after the shock wears off, we adapt. Because we are really freaking excited about the possibilities.

And because we, as readers, can develop skills that allow us to navigate through this world without getting swallowed alive, it’s only natural that we, as content marketers, can too.

By “adapt,” I mean find new ways to stand out with content that makes an impact. And one way to do that involves illegitimate ideas.

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How Novelist and Prolific Podcaster Brad Listi Writes

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Bestselling author and prolific lit interviewer Brad Listi was named “One of LA’s most fascinating people of 2015” by the LA Weekly. He stopped by to chat with Kelton Reid about podcasting and the secrets of successful writers.

On his “in depth and inappropriate” podcast, Otherppl with Brad Listi, he has interviewed more than 350 leading contemporary authors — including George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Tao Lin, Jonathan Lethem, Austin Kleon, and Susan Orlean — and his takeaways for writers are often priceless and pointed.

In addition to his street cred as a bestselling novelist, Brad is a screenwriter, and the founder and publisher of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.

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The Write Way to Answer Your Most Pressing Questions

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I’m going to go out on a limb here. Because what I’m about to suggest might seem a little crazy.

But it really works.

And I want you to know about this simple habit, because the sooner you adopt it, the sooner you’ll start to see what I discovered.

I stumbled upon this weird (and unexpected) benefit while I was developing a different habit.

Now the habit is a daily practice for me because of the powerful results it produces.

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How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes, Part Two

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New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon has been called “one of the most interesting people on the Internet” by The Atlantic magazine, and he stopped by The Writer Files to chat about creativity and the writing life.

Austin is the author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work!. They’re guides The Writer Files host Kelton Reid recommends to all writers seeking insights for tapping into your endless reserves of creativity and innovation.

In addition to being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS’s Newshour, and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Kleon speaks about “creativity in the digital age” for organizations as varied as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.

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