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A masterclass in writing well – author Berkun has had a popular blog since 2003. He’ll offer no-nonsense advice about the forgotten core of what makes a blog, and books, succeed: good writing. ...

A masterclass in writing well – author Berkun has had a popular blog since 2003. He’ll offer no-nonsense advice about the forgotten core of what makes a blog, and books, succeed: good writing. From picking great topics, to writing drafts, to steel-eyed editing, to discipline and motivation, you’ll get a pro authors best lessons on the craft of writing. With plenty of time for Q&A.

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  • Write or DieScott Berkun / @berkunscottberkun.comWordCamp Seattle, June 8th, 2013
  • YOU ARE HEREGO HERE (LATER)
  • Pre-order now On Amazon – On Sale Sept 2013
  • 1. Popular vs. Good2. Write or Die3. Insight vs. Style4. Pick an angle5. Sentences6. Paragraphs7. How to write 1000 words
  • Scottberkun.comBy the Numbers• Started 2003• ~1500 posts• 12k daily pageviews*• 16k RSS• 20k mailing list• 17k twitter
  • Not all traffic is equalMost traffic is drive-by trash
  • 2. Write or Die
  • A blog post
  • An essay
  • A novel
  • ,,...
  • If you can’t figure out howto write as often as youwant, stop trying
  • Writers who wrote in Prison• Ezra Pound• Oscar Wilde• O’Henry• Daniel Defoe• Marquis De Sade• Voltaire• Cervantes (Don Quixote)• Machiavelli• Thoreau• Nelson Mandela• E.E. Cummings• Martin Luther King• Marco Polo
  • betweenthebars.org
  • 1. Writing well Is hard2. There is no secret, only effort3. You must write often to write well4. Really, stop looking for secrets5. Don’t be precious
  • 3. InsightStyle
  • StoryStyle
  • 4. PICK AN ANGLE
  • MY THOUGHTS ON CHEESEBlah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahBlah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blahblah blah blah blah blah BUT GETS LOST HERE blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TOUCHEDON BRIEFLY HERE BUT ABANDONED blah blahBlah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  • THE SECRET OF CHEESEBlah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahBlah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blahblah blah blah blah blah BUT GETS LOST HERE blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TOUCHEDON BRIEFLY HERE BUT ABANDONED blah blahBlah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  • (SAME SHIT, BETTER HEADLINE)Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahBlah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blahblah blah blah blah blah BUT GETS LOST HERE blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TOUCHEDON BRIEFLY HERE BUT ABANDONED blah blahBlah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  • WHY YOU SHOULD MAKEYOUR OWN CHEESEANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCESUPPORTS THE ANGLE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blahOBVIOUS OBJECTIONS READERS WILL HAVE ARE ANSWERED NATURALLY blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah THE WRITER SHOWS RESPECT FORTHE READER BY BEING CONCISE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah
  • WHY I WILL NEVER EATCHEESE AGAINANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCESUPPORTS THE ANGLE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blahOBVIOUS OBJECTIONS READERS WILL HAVE ARE ANSWERED NATURALLY blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah THE WRITER SHOWS RESPECT FORTHE READER BY BEING CONCISE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah
  • THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS EVILUNCLE WITH VELVETTAANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCESUPPORTS THE ANGLE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blahOBVIOUS OBJECTIONS READERS WILL HAVE ARE ANSWERED NATURALLY blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah THE WRITER SHOWS RESPECT FORTHE READER BY BEING CONCISE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah
  • 5. Sentences
  • The cheescake was mildly excited about beingsort of unique and not unhappy.
  • The cheescake was mildly excited about beingsort of unique and not unhappy.The cheescake was thrilled to realize she wasspecial.The cheesecake was special.Cheesecake exists.
  • 7. Paragraphs
  • You only write aswell as what you read
  • DRAFT 1 DRAFT 2
  • DRAFT 1 DRAFT 2This is whatseparates goodwriting from crap
  • “The first draft ofanything is shit”-Hemmingway
  • 7. How To Write1000 words
  • Video and final essayhttp://bit.ly/1000wordslive
  • Photo Credits• Protractor:http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisinplymouth/3240722779/
  • YMMV
  • Thanks.Questions?Scott Berkun / @berkunwww.scottberkun.com
  • @berkunwww.scottberkun.com