When you pay writers a living wage, you can attract people who write well without training. I've no problem attracting top-quality talent. If someone doesn't measure up to my quality requirements, he doesn't get a second assignment.
Another "course" to give writers is useful, mentoring edits. Every article I publish goes back to the writer for an Author Review. Because I attract experienced people, the queries usually are minor. But even so, when I make a change ("I moved this section to the top") I explain why I made the change. An author who pays attention improves, or at least learns what makes this editor happy. They also love knowing that someone is finding and fixing their imperfections. End result: There are writers who have followed me around for 15-20 years.
Fair point. I don’t think editing and revisions etc will ever go away, just thought there might be a course that shortcuts that feedback loop in the beginning by showing techniques upfront of how to improve. Lots and lots of copywriting courses teach this stuff so I was hoping to find something similar for blog articles. It doesn’t seem like it exists tho :(
There are plenty of courses about how to write better -- or at least how to get the first draft on paper. (I took a couple of them at Masterclass.) But I've never seen a good guideline to "now, turn that draft into an article someone wants to read." You need an editor to do that, because by definition it needs another pair of eyes.
Which is not to say that you can never judge your own work. You have to learn what you regularly do wrong, and correct it before someone else sees it. However it was an editor who sensitized me to the fact that I nearly always over-used "really" (which was a really good thing!); after that, I erased it before I submitted the article.
Don't delete anything.
Start a document. Begin writing. You aren't allowed to edit anything. _Just write_.
Editing happens later, much later. You can always improve the prose you put on the page, but you can't fix something that doesn't exist.
Also: It's okay to keep your crappy stuff. I recently found my poetry journal from 1971. The poetry is as bad as I thought it was. But I look at it, and say, "Gosh, look how far I travelled!" And I also see the bright lights in my work; as with so many other things, the stuff that I thought was terrible wasn't so bad, and the real mistakes were the parts I admired.
I knew a now-famous author who initially wrote a few short stories when the spirit moved her. She realized that if she wanted to make a living at it, she had to spend time doing it. So she forced herself to sit in front of the screen for an hour a day. (With no connectivity. Nothing but a printer.) She told herself: I'm not allowed to do anything else for an hour. And, she said, she went through a few stretches when she had no idea what to type. "But eventually," she said, "I got so bored that I just started typing, as something to do. Eventually it turned into something."
She's now written something like 200 books, and has won several awards, and makes quite a good living.
tl;dr Just write. Don't edit.
The link is just to a video too which autoplays. I hate it when I want to actually READ an article and then the link just shows a video. It's like, I'm not at home right now, I don't want to waste time buffering this dumb video. Don't people READ anymore. Damn.
I feel that way too. Don't they know I'm scanning reddit while half-listening to a conference call I dialed into?!
Yeah, I'd say it's fine to name your pets after sport figures. But with your kids, you don't want to be too obvious, because you never know if they'll do something really shitty that you don't want to be associated with.
I have spent my entire life spelling my name, IRL. I wouldn't give a kid any name that requires spelling or explanation. (Though a middle name is fine.)