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Write or Die
Scott Berkun / @berkun
scottberkun.com
WordCamp Seattle, June 8th, 2013
YOU ARE HERE
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Pre-order now On Amazon – On Sale Sept 2013

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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.

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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  1. 1. Write or Die Scott Berkun / @berkun scottberkun.com WordCamp Seattle, June 8th, 2013
  2. 2. YOU ARE HERE GO HERE (LATER)
  3. 3. Pre-order now On Amazon – On Sale Sept 2013
  4. 4. 1. Popular vs. Good 2. Write or Die 3. Insight vs. Style 4. Pick an angle 5. Sentences 6. Paragraphs 7. How to write 1000 words
  5. 5. Scottberkun.com By the Numbers • Started 2003 • ~1500 posts • 12k daily pageviews* • 16k RSS • 20k mailing list • 17k twitter
  6. 6. Not all traffic is equal Most 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 how to write as often as you want, 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 hard 2. There is no secret, only effort 3. You must write often to write well 4. Really, stop looking for secrets 5. Don’t be precious
  16. 16. 3. Insight Style
  17. 17. Story Style
  18. 18. 4. PICK AN ANGLE
  19. 19. MY THOUGHTS ON CHEESE Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah BUT GETS LOST HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TOUCHED ON BRIEFLY HERE BUT ABANDONED blah blah Blah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  20. 20. THE SECRET OF CHEESE Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah BUT GETS LOST HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TOUCHED ON BRIEFLY HERE BUT ABANDONED blah blah Blah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah 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 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah BUT GETS LOST HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TOUCHED ON BRIEFLY HERE BUT ABANDONED blah blah Blah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  22. 22. WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR OWN CHEESE ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCE SUPPORTS THE ANGLE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah OBVIOUS OBJECTIONS READERS WILL HAVE ARE ANSWERED NATURALLY blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah THE WRITER SHOWS RESPECT FOR THE READER BY BEING CONCISE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah
  23. 23. WHY I WILL NEVER EAT CHEESE AGAIN ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCE SUPPORTS THE ANGLE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah OBVIOUS OBJECTIONS READERS WILL HAVE ARE ANSWERED NATURALLY blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah THE WRITER SHOWS RESPECT FOR THE READER BY BEING CONCISE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah
  24. 24. THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS EVIL UNCLE WITH VELVETTA ANGLE STARTS HERE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah EVERY SETENCE SUPPORTS THE ANGLE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah OBVIOUS OBJECTIONS READERS WILL HAVE ARE ANSWERED NATURALLY blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah THE WRITER SHOWS RESPECT FOR THE READER BY BEING CONCISE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah
  25. 25. 5. Sentences
  26. 26. The cheescake was mildly excited about being sort of unique and not unhappy.
  27. 27. The cheescake was mildly excited about being sort of unique and not unhappy. The cheescake was thrilled to realize she was special. The cheesecake was special. Cheesecake exists.
  28. 28. 7. Paragraphs
  29. 29. You only write as well as what you read
  30. 30. DRAFT 1 DRAFT 2
  31. 31. DRAFT 1 DRAFT 2 This is what separates good writing from crap
  32. 32. “The first draft of anything is shit” -Hemmingway
  33. 33. 7. How To Write 1000 words
  34. 34. Video and final essay http://bit.ly/1000wordslive
  35. 35. Photo Credits • Protractor: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisinplymout h/3240722779/
  36. 36. YMMV
  37. 37. Thanks. Questions? Scott Berkun / @berkun www.scottberkun.com
  38. 38. @berkun www.scottberkun.com

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