The Two Kinds of Knowledge Every Writer Needs


So far, Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth has asked: Do you have the right strategy? Do you have the right technique?

Today’s question is … Do you have the right knowledge?

American theoretical physicist Richard P. Feynman said:

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible.

Demian can’t think of a better way to nurture originality than that.

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Solve Your Blank-Page Problem With This Visual, 3-Step Content Creation System

A visual system for organizing your content ideas

In the movie Amadeus, the creatively frustrated composer Antonio Salieri discovers pages of Mozart’s original, handwritten compositions and remarks, with utter anguish:

He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it — as if he were just taking dictation.

When it comes to writing, do any of us know what that feels like?

Maybe once in a blue moon we are lucky enough to stumble into a Mozart-esque state of content creation — dropping perfectly formed prose into our blog or ebook without any struggle.

For most of us content marketers, this is not the case, even though we aren’t short of inspiration, ideas, or coherent thoughts.

Why? Because we’re writing backwards.

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How Demian Farnworth (Copyblogger’s Chief Content Writer) Writes


Welcome to The Writer Files, a tour of the habits, habitats, and brains of renowned writers — from online content creators, to fictionists, journalists, entrepreneurs, and beyond.

Great writing is more vital and in demand than it’s ever been.

But sometimes writers get stuck — the right words don’t appear, we get distracted, or worse, lose interest in our work — and that’s when the solitary nature of writing can become a curse.

Host Kelton Reid is here to remind you that all writers have moments of doubt, feelings of ineffectiveness, and droughts where the words won’t flow.

For writers to stay productive, creative, and sane, sometimes we just need to take a look at how other scribes find ways keep the ink flowing and the cursor moving.

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Sunni Brown Explains How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Creative Essence


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is an entrepreneur, artist, and the founder of SB Ink, a creative consultancy and agent of social change.

She has worked with companies like Disney, Sharpie, Zappos, and SXSW. Using common sense, experience, and neuroscience, she is proving that to doodle is to ignite your whole mind.

Today’s guest is also an author and aims to teach the world how to master “strategic doodling” in her latest book, The Doodle Revolution.

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How to Strengthen Your Talents


At five years old, nearly everyone is an artist. At 10, nearly none of us is.

What happened? And how can we become more talented at the things that interest us, so we can have richer, more successful lives?

Entrepreneur and business teacher Sean D’Souza of Psychotactics has thought a lot about talent — how to get it, and what keeps us from developing it.

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How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

stick figure confused by a stock photo

Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post?

You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet.

Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists.

What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online?

Sound far-fetched?

Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required. No fancy tools necessary.

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