A structured editing process can help you produce better writing faster

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Brandon Sanderson is an author who’s known for works like the Mistborn trilogy and The Stormlight Archive. He’s reached around 6 million words published since 2005 and has written some of the best fantasy novels out there.

While writing a lot helps, his editing process is part of what lets him produce so many great novels. Sanderson knows his editing process inside and out and has figured out what works for him.

What works for Sanderson might work for you, whether you’re writing novels or something else. Why not try editing like one of the most productive fantasy authors out…

You can find writing lessons in the most unexpected places

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Movies can be excellent sources of wisdom if you’re paying attention. Learn from these movie quotes and evolve as a writer. If they intrigue you, you might learn even more from watching the movies.

1. You had me at ‘hello’

There are two lessons in this quote from Jerry Maguire. In the movie, Jerry had focused more on his job than his wife, causing her to leave him. When he realizes, he comes to find her, launching into a big speech which starts with “hello.” This quote was her reply.

The most important thing you can do is show up

As a writer, you need to get your writing in front of readers. You need to…

You don’t need a lot of spare time to learn valuable skills if you are consistent

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How often do you say that you’d like to learn something new, like a language or computer programming? If only you had the time. With work, a social life, and various responsibilities, learning new skills can seem impossible.

But, you don’t need a lot of time. Not if you have consistency. Between someone who practiced for seventy minutes once a week and someone who practiced for ten minutes every day, who would learn more? The person who practiced daily.

If you have a smartphone and can find ten minutes every day, here are six skills you can learn.

A new language

There are…

Good communication requires listening as much as talking

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What is effective communication?

We communicate for many different reasons. Our society and lives are built on communication. Yet, misunderstandings happen and can make people confused or upset.

There are more aspects to communication than words. Your message is also interpreted by how you say things, when you say them, what you don’t say, and how you act while you speak.

To communicate effectively is to share not only information but the emotions and intentions behind it. For many people, this doesn’t come naturally, but it’s possible to get better at it.

How can effective communication make your life better?

Once you improve your communication skills, you might notice some of these…

When you’re looking to get healthier, every different piece matters

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When people want to get healthier, the go-to advice is: Eat healthier and exercise. This is good advice, and it works. It can be a good idea to start by only building those two habits. But your goals should not end there.

Health is complex and affected by many factors. Every good or bad habit can influence your whole life. That’s why, when seeking to improve your health, you should set your goals beyond diet and exercise.

By improving these five factors, you have a greater chance of staying healthy and living a longer, happier life.

Sleep better

It’s no secret that…

First, find out why you procrastinate, then think of solutions

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Do you ever put off writing until the last second? It’s easy to procrastinate by finding something else you need to do. Procrastination can become so ingrained as a habit that you start identifying as a procrastinator.

If you are a procrastinator, you’re probably not as productive as you could be. Think about the last writing idea you had. How long did it take you to start writing it? If you have a habit of distracting yourself with other activities, you’re missing out on a lot of writing.

There are many ways to fight procrastination. However, you won’t get far…

Writing lessons from The Art of War by Sun Tzu

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Writing can be a lot like war, only less horrible. You must fight many tough battles, withstand a lot of punishment, and play it smart. Whether you conquer writing or writing conquers you depends on one thing: are you willing to do what it takes to win?

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is famous for its many quotable lines about strategy in war. Many of these strategies apply to other areas in life, too, such as writing. …

What’s the point of moving fast if you’re going in the wrong direction?

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You’ll find tons of advice on productivity if you scroll through Medium. I’ve even written some articles on it myself. It can be easy to apply a few productivity hacks and get more done.

But are you producing results that are important to your long-term goals?

For productivity to be worthwhile, you need to direct it to your needs. You could be the most productive chef in the world and make thousands of omelets in a day. But, if no one wants an omelet, why are you making them in the first place?

What’s important to you?

Have you ever asked yourself where you…

Tired of people not clicking your headlines? Copywriting can help you write headlines that get readers to bite.

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A good headline is what gets someone to read your writing instead of scroll past it. All of your research, well-made points, and fancy phrases won’t matter if no one reads them. But how can you make a headline that converts scrollers into readers?

If there’s one group of writers who know how to convert, it’s copywriters. Their whole job is writing texts that sell. Why not learn from them? With these seven lessons from copywriting, you can learn to write headlines that get people to click and read.

Consider your target audience

The first thing any copywriter needs to know is who they’re…

Learn from my experience of winning NaNoWriMo to decide if you want to try writing 50,000 words in a month

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National Novel Writing Month. That one month of November, where a bunch of writers lock themselves in dark cellars and write. At the end of the month, a lucky few emerge victorious, exhausted, and clutching their completed novel.

Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.

For those who don’t know, the challenge of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in a single month. Or 1,667 words every day. If you manage to reach the target word count, you get to say that you won NaNoWriMo.

So here’s me saying it: I won NaNoWriMo. Some days I hit that 1,667-word goal…

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