Latest Posts by Sarah Peck


10 Fast Ways to Become a Better Writer (Even When You’re Burning the Midnight Oil and Can’t Afford an Editor Just Yet)

In the world of online and email communication, writing powerful copy makes all the difference. Writing doesn't just communicate ideas; it generates them. If you're bad at writing and don't like to do it, you'll miss out on most of the ideas writing would have generated. ~ Paul Graham The sun's been down for hours and you are alone with a warm drink next to your laptop. You're burning the midnight oil again in the back room, building your online business, and you know you need to put another post up on your blog, but you're just not sure what, exactly, to write about. The struggle of building your business and hustling on the side is that you don't always have the time and luxury to write whenever you want, and while the idea of editors, proofreading, and revising your essays sounds great—you need to write something and write it now. For people working a full-time job during the day, juggling families, and responding to other demands, having ample time to fill notebooks, draft, and re-write sounds like a pipe dream. How can you quickly improve your writing? What tools are there beyond grammar and spellchecker to make sure you're doing your best work? Sometimes we need tactical, specific, and immediately useful tips to make our writing better. Most writing tips, for me, always seem to feel good - and then I struggle with the actual writing and re-writing. How do you transform the writing tips of Stephen King, Stephen Pressfield, Seth Godin, and Ray Bradbury (amazing storytellers, all) into actionable outcomes? Here are 10 of my favorite strategies that help when you're self-editing, scrambling to make ends meet, and holding both a beer and a coffee in your hands while trying to write-and want to do your best work.