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

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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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Here’s How Veteran Search Engine Expert Danny Sullivan Writes

Authority Rainmaker 2015 speaker, Danny Sullivan

In 1996, the Unabomber suspect, Ted Kaczynski, was arrested. TWA Flight 800 crashed off the coast of Long Island, New York. Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States. The movie Jerry Maguire hit the silver screen. “Macarena” was the hottest song. And some of you were probably born.

For Danny Sullivan, 1996 was the year he published research called A Webmaster’s Guide to Search Engines.

Wait. You mean there were search engines before Google? Indeed.

Danny has been in the industry for more than 20 years, and he is arguably one of the smartest people on the planet when it comes to SEO, which is why we booked him to speak at this year’s Authority Rainmaker event.

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Here’s How Master Brand Storyteller Bernadette Jiwa Writes

Bernadette Jiwa, Authority Rainmaker 2015 speaker

Not many people can claim they single-handedly created the new marketing model for the 21st century. And did it simply with a five-column graph called The Difference Map.

Well, Bernadette Jiwa can.

Which is one reason why we are so excited that she will be a featured speaker at Authority Rainmaker.

But her list of achievements doesn’t stop there. She has created brands and unique innovation strategies. The products and ideas she has touched range from football boots to a medical journal, businesses to blogs, books to Kickstarter projects, non-profits, and more.

And she does it with stories.

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Here’s How Daniel Pink Writes

Authority Rainmaker 2015 speaker Daniel Pink

[Editor’s note: this post was originally published on February 20, 2013. We’re running it again because Dan Pink is one of our keynote speakers for Authority Rainmaker in May, 2015.]

It seems only fitting that bestselling author and journalist Daniel Pink returns to Copyblogger to reveal his secrets for getting words onto the page.

Brian Clark picked the brain of this influential thinker six years ago in a conversation that became Copyblogger’s first author interview. Brian also appeared in Dan’s first book, Free Agent Nation.

Mr. Pink is an exceptional teacher who delivers keen insight for passionate, innovative, and hungry writers and entrepreneurs alike.

Naturally, we’re thrilled he’s a keynote speaker — along with Sally Hogshead and Henry Rollins — at Authority Rainmaker in Denver, Colorado May 13–15, 2015.

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Here’s How Shane Snow (Founder of Contently) Writes

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If you are going to run a company around a slogan like “Tell Great Stories,” or rally your troops by adopting the Native American proverb “Those who tell the stories rule the world,” then it pays to build an environment that fosters great writing.

Large photographs of your favorite writers covering one wall is appropriate. As is a collection of your favorite books along another wall.

And that’s just the environment Shane Snow has created for the employees of his company.

Shane is the co-founder of Contently, a high-end brand publishing firm. In fewer than five years, Contently has courted the likes of Coca-Cola, GE, Walmart, and Google as clients, providing both software and creative talent to help satisfy media objectives.

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Here’s How Bestselling Author CJ Lyons Writes

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No matter what kind of writing you do, “write what you know” is a well-worn adage every writer finds at some point in their studies.

For content creators of any discipline, being the “likable expert” in the niche or genre you specialize in is a necessity. For fictionists, finding an authentic voice is also a vital stylistic element to establishing believability.

For pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons, not only has she sold millions of books writing what she knows, she has forged a truly remarkable trail for author-entrepreneurs.

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