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I Should Hate This LinkedIn Post, but It’s Actually the Greatest

As an exacting writer and a proponent of a slow and strategic marketing, I should be having an aneurysm (Ann-eurysm?) over how a single, sweary, typo-infested LinkedIn post slopped together in 20 minutes sparked a flurry of online engagement and … Read More »

Dear Name Redacted: Typos Happen [Questions from Readers]

Dear Name Redacted: Why Typos Happen, Dammit [Questions from Readers]

This is an occasional series based on actual emails I receive, and my actual responses.  Everybody Writes is just shy of its second birthday. Since its birth, I’ve heard frequently from readers who have highlighted the same few typos in … Read More »

Calling BS on Facebook’s Edict That Writing Is Dead

Facebook is predicting the end of the written word on its platform. And perhaps suggesting that words more broadly are doomed. “The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is … Read More »

Content Marketing Grows Up: My Prediction for 2016

Content Marketing Grows Up: My 2016 Prediction

Content Marketing wakes up one morning in a place it doesn’t recognize, and tries to piece together what happened last night… and all the previous nights, too. (Because, if it’s being honest, last night wasn’t an occasional bender—it had become … Read More »

5 Keys to Developing a Strong Tone of Voice in Your Content Marketing

One of the biggest branding mistakes that companies can make is to not pay enough attention to their tone of voice. “Voice” sounds high-minded, doesn’t it? More suited for the literary world rather than the business world? But tone of … Read More »

Love Rolls Downhill

Love Rolls Downhill

“Are you going to write about this, Mom?” my daughter Caroline asks me. (She knows I’ve written about her brother.) The question is half tease, half challenge. I can’t tell whether she wants me to write, or not. Maybe she … Read More »

MarketingProfs B2B Forum Essay Contest

Enter This Essay Contest and You Could Win a Free Trip to Boston from MarketingProfs

You can be a good writer without being a good marketer. But I don’t think you can be a good marketer without also being a good writer. Which is why we’re excited to announce the First-Ever MarketingProfs Essay Contest in connection … Read More »

8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

What writing tools will help you produce your best work? Last week, two interviewers asked me about the tools I’d recommend for writing. One of them asked about writerly things I might covet the way some people do—like first editions … Read More »

A Writing GPS: Step-by-Step Directions for Writing Your Next Piece of Content [Infographic]

A Writing GPS: The Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Next Piece of Content [Infographic]

The writer Andre Dubus (House of Sand and Fog) has described writing as inching your way along a very dark, very long tunnel: you can make out the next few feet in front of you, but you’re not quite certain … Read More »

50 Shades of Mediocrity: Does Content Have to Be Good, or Just Good Enough?

50 Shades of Mediocrity: Does Content Have to Be Good, or Just Good Enough?

When a franchise like 50 Shades of Grey enjoys crazy success, is it a signal that content doesn’t have to be good to be crazy-successful? Popularity is only one measure of success, of course. And for most of us in … Read More »

The One Thing All Creative People Do

The One Thing All Creative People Do

The one thing all creative people tend to do is reject the notion that “creative” and “artistic” are the same. In other words, creative people know that creativity finds expression in many ways. Because you can be a creative team … Read More »

Win a Free Copy of the New ‘Everybody Writes’ Audiobook

The Everybody Writes audiobook is fresh out of the recording studio! This means that you can now listen to all 8 hours and 44 minutes of the Wall Street Journal bestseller while you are in your car, working out, walking … Read More »


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