The Bufferchat community gathered to share writing and blogging tips at this week’s Bufferchat. What are your favorite tools? How do you get unstuck? and more!
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Where do you find your writing or blog post ideas?
- “When I’m traveling; trying new foods and meeting new people tends to lend itself to adventure!” @lauralawson
- “Talking to colleagues, answering customer’s questions and sharing my experience. Also here http://buff.ly/1PQU87E ;)”
- “My interactions with clients are a big inspriation – finding answers to unique challenges acts as a catalyst for blog ideas.” @SageBolden
- “My writing is a mix of what I know & what I want to know. My own questions are often inspiration for my next piece.” @meganELboe
- “I’m an artist & have learned that inspiration can come from anyone, anywhere, any moment. Just have to be open!” @CMGRmelissa
What apps or tools do you write in?
- “Collaborate in
@googledocs, focus and edit with @Grammarly, prep and publish via @wordpressdotcom” @erinicole
- “Google Docs,
@Evernote, @FinalDraft, Hemingway App, 750 Words, and a good ole fashioned @moleskine & pen.” @emilyesteck
- “I use Sublime text to write. It’s made for writing code, but adds no style elements to the text, which is AWESOME.” @lisettevdvalk
- “Can’t beat pen and paper though! I think that’s where my jotted ideas really come to life.” @TwinFin_
- “I write direct in wordpress if it’s a quick hit. TextWrangler for distraction-free writing, no wifi. G-Docs if collab-ing.” @JacobWakeUp
What advice do you have for staying focused while writing?
- “Set a timer for 30-40 minutes. Listen to music w/o words (Spotify has several deep focus playlists).” @CorinneL
- “Lately, we’ve been testing the
#Pomodoro technique. Or, sometimes we just turn a computer’s wi-fi off temporarily.” @MediumBlueSEM
- “Get your initial draft out first. Don’t start editing every paragraph right away. Get your structure down to not lose ideas.” @MilwaukeePPC
- “Quiet environment and a clear, motivated mind do wonders. Also, airplane mode. Get started and get in your groove.” @chrisd008
- “I use
@noisli to focus, and shoot for 20min bursts of solid writing.” @FelixSTL
What makes a really engaging piece of writing?
- “Use the thesaurus. Quirky use of words can make a piece stand out. But be sure you are using words correctly.” @dailysuitcase
- “HONESTY! Just sharing your heart/story/experience from a real + vulnerable place.” @lauralawson
- “Writing that makes a point. It makes the reader do or rethink something. The reader says, ‘I get it. He wrote it for me.'” @JeremyDBond
- “Make people feel like they are actually there, living it with you. Think visual and lots of details.” @lafitara
- “Use images and other media, use “You” > “I”, focus on font (spacing &
#readability), tell a good story, solve problems, GIVE.” @AmandasAbroad
How do you get feedback on your writing? Any great tools for this?
- “Join (or create) a writing group where you share articles! Also, after you finish, let it sit for a few days, then review.” @izzydoesizzy
- “Also tell ppl you relish feedback & you’d be much happier if they have something to critique than if they just say it’s good.” @WeintraubL
- “You can ask your readers. There are tools like
@Atomic_Reach‘s Writer, @grammarly and @HemingwayApp.” @lizdaponte
- “You’re able to share an unpublished
@Medium article link to your peers- they can leave notes/comments. pure awesome.” @chrisd008
- “How my audience reacts to it. Data is a story about your writing/content. Be humble enough to read it & act accordingly.” @CarrieKintz
What tips do you have for writing consistently?
- “Build a habit of writing DAILY. CONSISTENTLY. 5 Minutes a Day. Start there!” @jjwongster
- “If you are the kind of person that needs External Accountability, 1st step is make sure someone knows you are writing.” @abbraga
- “Beware of burnout—if you can only write for 1 hr of quality writing, don’t write for 3 hrs. Know your strengths/weaknesses.” @emilyesteck
- “Schedule it into your day & once you get a daily posting streak going, you won’t want it to drop!” @sarahblackstock
- “Don’t make it a compulsion. Writing on something that is close to your heart brings the consistency, automatically.” @TheCoolZephyr
Who are your favorite writers or bloggers?
#bloggers / #writers : @problogger @tferris @DannyBrown @kevanlee @ThisIsSethsBlog @zen_habits.” @SocialDave
- “I’ve always loved
@donaldmiller‘s stuff, his @Storyline blog is pretty on point.” @lauralawson
- “I just started working with
@ashleighsnotes and @sunnybonnell and I LOVE their blog posts!” @Matt_Aunger
- “Favorite blogger/writer Maria Popova
Thank you so much for everyone who joined in on this great chat!
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