I believe great writers are made, not born, so even if you’re not a natural at writing, you can get better. You can be good. The trick is to do as much writing as you possibly can. Take on writing projects. Ask for writing projects. If you dread or fear writing, the advice I am giving you can be hard to take, but the only way to get better at writing is to do lots of it.
We need to try building things. Probably, at first, bad things. But the lessons learned while building those “bad” projects point the way to the better version that comes next. Together we can shuffle toward a better way, taking steps forward, back, and sometimes sideways. But history tells us that we do get there.
My advice to those of you who are still looking for an idea is to solve a problem that you yourself have. Then you’ll know it’s something at least one person really wants. And when you’re part of the target market, you’ll have insights about it that you wouldn’t otherwise.
Not to mention that you’ll be far more motivated to make it work. 🙂
A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do.
Personal blogs are a great contemporary successor to the commonplace book, especially for capturing and sharing ideas and content that you find around the web.
Write a post in advance of your WordCamp presentation. It gives the audience a follow-up resource, sends direct traffic to your site, and has long-term SEO value. Best of all? You won’t have to write it after the event!
WordCamp Hamilton 2016 has come and gone. Once again we were hosted at McMaster Innovation Park, a wonderful venue that’s perfectly situated just off the QEW. It’s a quick bus ride from Toronto — just take the 16 Hamilton Express from Union Station — and the GO stop is just up the road from MIP. (Tip: It’s the second stop on the route.)
In the past, my WordCamp experience would’ve ended at the after party. I would’ve had a quiet trip home and left it at that.
Not this time.