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Why You Should Add Images To Your Writing (Particularly Online Content)

 

Writing well is one thing. But for today’s online audience, it’s not enough. When most people see a wall of text in their browser window, they immediately switch off. It’s just too much information for their minds to absorb all at once. 

For that reason, breaking up your text with images is generally a good idea. If you look at most online articles, you’ll see that writers invariably chop them up into sections, with relevant images giving users time to pause. 

“But,” you might say, “my writing doesn’t need images. It’s already descriptive enough by itself. Plus, I am not referring to anything pictorial, so using images is moot.”

That might all be true, but images still play a critical role for the following reasons:

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Author Tweets of the Week (9-29)

It’s been over a month since we’ve enjoyed the beloved Author Tweets of the Week together. Sorry about the long break in this series!

 

 

This is a great place to start. There is no better time to write than right now. Remember to write today friends!

 

 

Great advice from Nora Roberts, and thank you @RyderHClancy for sharing. If you don’t write it, you have nothing. There’s nothing to edit. Even if what you’ve written is garbage, it’s still better than a blank page. Keep writing!

 

 

Speaking of editing, I thought this graphic from @byMorganWright was on the nose. Writing a book, or a story, or an essay never goes as planned, does it? It always feels like it will, but it rarely (if ever) does. Finishing any writing project takes perseverance. As my father used to say, it takes sticktuitiveness. It’s not going to be smooth sailing, it won’t be a perfectly paved path, so be patient and persevere. You’ll get there! You’ll finish the project you’re working on! Keep up the hard work!

 

 

There’s at least 60-some of you that are excited about my upcoming book on creative writing. I’m excited too! I’m hoping it will be available for preorder in the next 2-3 weeks. Send me an email if you want more info. Keep your eye out for the release soon. I think you’ll love it. Early drafts have received really great feedback. People are saying it’s inspirational and very helpful for writers. Can’t wait to share it with you and hear your thoughts!

 

 

I don’t even have much to say on this one. It speaks for itself. Have truer words ever been spoken?

 

 

Love this. Writing is one of the only professions you can simply become just by doing it. You can become a writer just by sitting down and writing. You can become an artist just by creating art. I’m an attorney. I couldn’t just say I’m an attorney now and start practicing law. I also have an engineering background. I couldn’t just say, “Hey guys, I’m an engineer now!” and start soldering away on circuits.

But guess what? You can do that with writing. Isn’t it great? The only thing stopping you from being a writer today is you. Don’t get in your own way.

 

 

Have you noticed a theme today? Write! Practice writing!

 

 

I loved this. Made me chuckle. @byMorganWright making the Author Tweets of the Week twice this week. Well done!

 

 

Love this tweet from NBA star Andre Drummond. Take time to appreciate who you are and how far you’ve come. Smile today. Smile at yourself. You deserve it.

You work hard friends. Be proud of yourself! I’m proud of you!

 

Happy writing! Be kind to each other. Have a good weekend.

 

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

 

Author Tweets of the Week (7-14)

 

I apologize for the sporadic content, friends. July and August are always a little slow. We won’t have anything next week, but good news! We have Tweets of the Week!

 

https://twitter.com/crassusmedia/status/885076382837080065

For those of you that subscribe to Nothing Any Good, you received this quote as part of a personal email I sent out to all my subscribers. If you don’t subscribe, why not? Wha are you waiting for?

 

https://twitter.com/SheaSerrano/status/880157816434159616

Truth.

 

 

I liked this a lot. Thanks for sharing @JamesLeeSchmidt. Become intimately familiar with the eraser friends. Learn how to wield it well and it will become your greatest tool as an author.

 

 

I don’t think I would actually enjoy this restaurant, but I love the idea. It’s a pretty cool picture too.

 

https://twitter.com/BrianOMarra/status/885128038089994241

Don’t wait. Just write. Don’t wait for that inspiration. If you do, you’ll find yourself writing very infrequently. If you want to be an author, you have to go take it, not wait for it to happen to you.

 

 

Remember this each and every day. Remind yourself of this constantly. Say these words out loud.

 

Amen! Let’s go friends! Let’s be foolish.

 

Happy writing! Be kind! Have a good weekend.

 

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

 

8 Tips on How to Overcome Writer’s Block

We have all experienced it; the dreadful feeling of staring at a blank page wondering if you’ll ever be able to come up with anything new again.  You were on a roll once, but now, even coming up with a coherent sentence is a daunting task.

It gets grimmer with each passing second, and terrifying with each passing minute.  If you are superstitious, you may even feel cursed, having to deliver the essay, article, or book on time, while doomsday draws closer.

If you are experiencing this, have no fear. Below are 8 proven ways you can overcome writer’s block.

 

Tips for Writer's Block

1. Go for a nature walk

Science has recently begun proving that going for a walk in the park or woods has a calming effect. People living in natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones.

2. Write at a different place

Colors affect our moods. When you need to get in the mood to write, working in a new environment may bring new ideas.

3. Recite motivational quotes

If you aren’t an avid reader, recite your favorite quotes over and over again. Quotations are short, insightful, and full of inspiration.  A book may take an hour or two to lift you up, but an affirmation only takes seconds.

4. Go for a jog

Stack up the endorphins. Replace stress, fear, and anxiety with happy hormones.  Exercising also boosts you psychologically.

5. Meditation/Prayer

Whether you are religious or not, prayer and meditation have been proven to have healing effects. Releasing your fears to a higher power is one of the simplest proven ways of lightening your burdens, especially if you don’t have anyone you can trust.

6. Mentorship

Professional athletes, celebrities, entertainers, and business executives will be the first to tell you that having a mentor or trainer goes a long way toward helping you accomplish your goals. A life coach, for example, is trained to help you overcome your fear of failure so that you can achieve your dreams.

7. Work on something else

Sometimes all you need to do when you are stuck is work on a different project. When you return to it your mind will be fresh, full of new ideas.

8. Face Your Fears

The majority of fear’s strength comes from making itself out to look larger than it is. When you face your fears, you take away their power; they become weaker, and you become stronger.

 

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Matshona Dhliwayo is a Canadian based Philosopher, Entrepreneur, and author of books such as The Little Book of Inspiration, Creativity, The Book, 50 Lessons Every Wise Mother Teaches Her Son, 100 Lessons Every Great Man Wants You to Know, and Lalibela’s Wise Man. You can find all of his books available at Amazon.

 

 

 

 

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