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 Qui...
betweenthebars.org
1. Writing well Is hard2. There is no secret, only effort3. You must write often to write well4. Really, stop looking for ...
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 bl...
THE SECRET OF CHEESEBlah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah bla...
(SAME SHIT, BETTER HEADLINE)Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah ...
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKEYOUR OWN CHEESEANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCESUPPORTS THE ANGLE bla...
WHY I WILL NEVER EATCHEESE AGAINANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCESUPPORTS THE ANGLE blah ...
THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS EVILUNCLE WITH VELVETTAANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCESUPPORTS T...
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 wassp...
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
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
Write or Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well
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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. 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 Die: A Masterclass In Writing Well

  1. 1. Write or DieScott Berkun / @berkunscottberkun.comWordCamp Seattle, June 8th, 2013
  2. 2. YOU ARE HEREGO HERE (LATER)
  3. 3. Pre-order now On Amazon – On Sale Sept 2013
  4. 4. 1. Popular vs. Good2. Write or Die3. Insight vs. Style4. Pick an angle5. Sentences6. Paragraphs7. How to write 1000 words
  5. 5. Scottberkun.comBy the Numbers• Started 2003• ~1500 posts• 12k daily pageviews*• 16k RSS• 20k mailing list• 17k twitter
  6. 6. Not all traffic is equalMost traffic is drive-by trash
  7. 7. 2. Write or Die
  8. 8. A blog post
  9. 9. An essay
  10. 10. A novel
  11. 11. ,,...
  12. 12. If you can’t figure out howto write as often as youwant, stop trying
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. betweenthebars.org
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 3. InsightStyle
  17. 17. StoryStyle
  18. 18. 4. PICK AN ANGLE
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. (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
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 5. Sentences
  26. 26. The cheescake was mildly excited about beingsort of unique and not unhappy.
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. 7. Paragraphs
  29. 29. You only write aswell as what you read
  30. 30. DRAFT 1 DRAFT 2
  31. 31. DRAFT 1 DRAFT 2This is whatseparates goodwriting from crap
  32. 32. “The first draft ofanything is shit”-Hemmingway
  33. 33. 7. How To Write1000 words
  34. 34. Video and final essayhttp://bit.ly/1000wordslive
  35. 35. Photo Credits• Protractor:http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisinplymouth/3240722779/
  36. 36. YMMV
  37. 37. Thanks.Questions?Scott Berkun / @berkunwww.scottberkun.com
  38. 38. @berkunwww.scottberkun.com

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