Quote – Writing is like any craft

Writing is like anything-baseball, playing, piano playing, sewing, hammering nails. The more you work at it, the better you get. But it seems to take a longer time to get better at writing than hammering nails.

— Betsy Byars

— Betsy Byars

Quote – never wait for inspiration

I am a believer in regular work, and [I] never wait for inspiration.

— Jack London

Quote – strong, effective writing is concise

Vigorous [strong, effective] writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

— William Strunk, Jr.

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Poetry – THE STREAM

I know a stream
Than which no lovelier flows.
Its banks a-gleam
With yarrow and wild rose,
Singing it goes
And shining through my dream.

Its waters glide
Beneath the basking noon,
A magic tide
That keeps perpetual June.

There the light sleeps
Unstirred by any storm;
The wild mouse creeps
Through tall weeds hushed and warm;
And the shy snipe,
Alighting unafraid;
With sudden pipe
Awakes the dreaming shade.

So long ago!
Still, still my memory hears
Its silver flow
Across the sundering years,—
Its roses glow,
Ah, through what longing tears!

— Charles G. D. Roberts

Poetry – WHEN THE CLOUD COMES DOWN THE MOUNTAIN

When the cloud comes down the mountain,
And the rain is loud on the leaves,
And the slim flies gather for shelter
Under my cabin eaves,

Then my heart goes out to earth,
With the swollen brook runs free,
Drinks life with the drenched brown roots,
And climbs with the sap in the tree.

— Charles G. D. Roberts

How being an organized writer improves productivity

Most people find organizing their writing hard, but being organized is the key to effective writing. You should always plan what you’re going to write before you begin writing. Organizing your work helps you develop order in your writing, which will help in avoiding repetition or even leaving out important points. A writing plan can be a few jotted notes to a detailed numbered outline.

Most writings, especially blog writings, have three main parts: the introductory part, the body, and the conclusion. The introductory part should inform your readers about the aim of your blog post, the contents of your post, and what you’re trying to prove in writing. The body should have all the facts, arguments, and information in a coherent order that can be easily understood by your readers. The conclusion should summarize everything by reporting your findings, your views, and your final thoughts and recommendations. 

How to Order Your Writing

There are several ways you can use to order your writing. The type of order used in your blog posts largely influences your readers since it shapes their thinking and interpretation of your work. Some of the common ways of ordering used in writing blog posts are:

  • Ascending order of importance – the most important ideas last
  • Descending order of importance – the most important ideas first.
  • Ascending order of complexity – the simple ideas first.
  • Descending order of complexity – the complex ideas first.
  • Chronological order – ordering your ideas in sequence.


Out of all these orders, the most useful ways of organizing your work are descending order of importance and categorical order. Ordering your work is useful because it allows readers to maneuver easily through the document and not to miss important information. Listing your most important ideas and arguments first increase the chances of your audience reading the article.

Being organized improves efficiency.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing fiction, non- fiction, poetry, blog posts, or any other type of writing work. Any type of writing requires you to communicate ideas to your audience clearly. To come up with an article that’s clear and compelling, you need to introduce the right facts at the right time. How you organize, and the details and how you choose to support your points can drastically affect your productivity as a blog writer. The order of your points determines how well your audience will understand what you’re saying in your article.

Being Organized Makes Your Articles Professional

Apart from the message you’re trying to convey, your reader will also get an impression of your professionalism from your work. If your work is poorly organized with ideas not listed in an orderly manner, your audience may get an amateurish impression. On the other hand, if your article has well-organized ideas with smooth transitions, accompanied by just enough details, your audience will feel confident in you and the information you’re presenting. Being organized will give your work a polished and professional look, which is very vital for any kind of writing.

Being Organized Makes Your Articles More Immersive

Every time your audience has to stop and try to make sense or understand what you’re saying, he/she is tempted to stop reading your article. This not only agitates your work but also weakens it. However, if you make your points clear and list them in an orderly manner, it will eliminate the need for your readers to stop and try to figure or relate one idea to the other. Organizing your writing will immerse your readers in your writing. 

Having a project plan ensures that you Won’t Miss Important Details.

If you’ve ever written a text to a friend about something urgent only to discover that you did not include the most important details in the text, you already know how important organization is in any form of writing work. A project plan helps in this, but in case you don’t want to use a project plan, making a small list of the what you’re planning to include in your article and the types of keywords you’re planning to use can help in keeping you on track. A project plan will ensure that your final piece won’t leave out anything that your audience needs to know or understand. This is also very important for blog posts that require a specific set of keywords to improve their SEO rankings.

Organization Helps to Avoid Repetition

Apart from ensuring that you don’t miss important points, the good organization also prevents repetition. Most blog writers are victims of redundancy, and this is mostly caused by poor planning. Most people find it challenging to remember what they’ve already discussed, especially if you’re working on a piece for several days, weeks, or months. Organizing your work using an outline or project plan will make your article more concise, thus improving productivity.

Organizing your work Saves Time

Organizing your writing doesn’t just benefit your audience; it helps you as the writer too, knowing where you’re headed to when writing will save your time since you will spend less time revising your work. This especially comes in handy with longer articles that may have multiple plotlines and subsections. Without prior planning and organization, it’s easy for you to get lost when working on longer pieces, and you may find yourself rewriting large sections as a result. Organizing your work well can the time spent on the article drastically, which in turn improves productivity.

Organizing your work and workplace reduces stress levels.

Being organized with your writing and workplace also reduces stress levels. Just picture a situation where you need a copy of an article you did two years ago. If things are well organized and everything is neatly labeled, tracking the article down would be a piece of cake, instead of a source of stress! Organizing your work and workspace will also ensure that you don’t become too engaged in a task and lose track of time. Set calendar and time alerts to keep you on track and organize your workspace to avoid the stress of misplacing copies of your work and rushing to complete tasks after falling behind schedules.

Effectively communicating your thoughts and ideas to your audience requires good organization and structure. Knowing what to introduce first, how-to guide your audience from one section of the blog post to the other, and when your writing needs information and insights will not only make your writing powerful but also professional and fun to read. The type of writing you do doesn’t matter; organizing your work will improve productivity.

Quote – The Ills of Knowing Too Much

There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys.

–Robert Louis Stevenson

Writing tip – How inspiration improves writing quality

Everyone has different sources of inspiration. As a writer, inspiration is not optional; it’s the irresistible force that drags you the computer and influences you to write something that may change the world. As a blog writer, you must somehow find inspiration for as long as you have to keep your blog updated with high-quality content. 

There are many benefits to writing when you’re inspired. Finding inspiration for your writing work will help you generate fresh ideas, as well as maintain a smooth flow of ideas. Below are some ways on how inspiration improves writing quality.

1. The Writing and Language Will Flow More Naturally


Although there are several ways you can use to structure your information when coming up with a manuscript, your article will sound and feel more natural if you write it when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps you to write in a natural tone, with a natural flow of ideas. But remember to remain on topic as it’s easy to slip into a comfortable writing style, which may move your ideas away from your target audience. 

2. Idea Generation Will Be Easy



Seeking inspiration from your favorite writers will assist with idea generation as soon as their words start rousing your mind. The benefit of writing when you’re inspired by your favorite writers, of whom you’re well versed with their style is that you’ll be able to keep track and relate your ideas. Inspiration will let your mind wander and generate ideas related to whatever your planning to write about with ease. You can list down all the ideas and filter them based on their relevance, connections, and how they relate with your main theme. Being Inspired may even promote the generation of new and unique ideas that are better than what you might have written without inspiration. 

3. Inspiration Will Improve the Quality of Your Writings.

If you’ve ever wanted to improve the quality of your writings, the best thing to do is look for inspiration. You don’t need a specific trainer, theme, or topic to do this. Inspiration will help you generate lots of ideas and themes, and it will be up to you to choose the best idea based on your type of audience. The more you get inspired, the more you get ideas that can be developed into something unique and more complete.

4. Inspiration Increases Creativity.

Everyone was born creative, but being inspired will open your mind to a whole new world of creativity. Being inspired will make your mind wander, which will feed your mind with crazy ideas. Letting your imagination wander will give you unique ideas that your readers would enjoy reading. The crazier the ideas, the better. The more you’re inspired to experiment with different opportunities, styles, and possibilities, the more creative you’ll become. Being inspired is a great way to increase your creativity levels. 

5. Being Inspired Helps You to Stay Organized.


Writing when you’re inspired helps in keeping your thoughts comprehensible and organized. You can explain in detail the feelings and opinions you had about a specific occasion. You’ll remember the events in detail if you the inspiration to write the article was from a specific event, and you won’t lose track of your ideas even if you continue writing after a few days, weeks, or months. 

By writing articles that are particular to certain topics, inspiration can make you achieve and organize your thoughts in a better way. You can seek inspiration from life events, e.g., the time you graduated from high school or even a business you once had that failed, and the reasons behind the failure. Whatever you decide to write about, being inspired when writing helps you organize your thoughts into points and phrases that make sense and relate more to your readers.

6. Inspiration Helps in Maintaining Focus

Inspiration also keeps the writers’ mind focused on the theme. We usually think we can control our thoughts, but a recent study revealed that negative thoughts act as a barrier to self-growth. This is because the mind is prone to doubt and vacillation, which makes it prone to distraction. Often as a writer, you may feel a deep inner sensation to complete your article, the mind will go along with your ideas at first before you run out of ideas and start encountering obstacles in achieving your goal. Inspiration will keep your mind focused until when you achieve your final goal. 

7. Being Inspired Motivates You

Having inspirational thoughts while writing your articles motivates you to complete the article in time. Being inspired while writing your articles will benefit not only you but also your audience. Although the reasons or source of your inspiration may vary, the intense need or desire to accomplish your wishes through writing is usually consistent regardless of the drive behind them.

8. Inspiration Gives Writers a Sense of Direction

Inspiration normally has specific needs, urges, or desires, which somewhat predetermine the actions and direction taken in your writing. Knowing what you want to achieve as you write will enable you to focus and compose your article in a more coordinated fashion. This will act as a guide in how you structure and express your ideas.

9. Inspiration Gives Your Writings a Purpose

Having inspired thoughts when writing will remind you of exactly what you want to achieve, you’re your writing and the best way to do it. Without being inspired, it would be impossible to stick to your main agenda. Inspiring thoughts will remind you of the purpose of your writing, which in turn improves the quality of your writing. 

10. Inspiration Gets the Job Done Within a Short Time. 

When you’re inspired, writing will be faster because the ideas are fresh and already in your mind. Although sometimes generating ideas and expressing them in words might seem difficult, focusing on the reward instead will motivate you to get the job done within a short while. Just think of the reward you’re getting from writing that blog post, or what you’ll lose by not publishing a high-quality blog post, and use them as a source of inspiration.

The need for writing when you’re inspired is important if you expect to succeed in improving the quality of your articles. The ability to think and come up with high-quality articles is critical for the success of an article writer, and finding daily inspiration before writing will help you produce high-quality blog posts for your readers. As you’ve seen, inspiration is the ‘motor’ that propels your content to greater heights. You can seek inspiration from the people around you, music, poems, the natural world, or even from your inner resources.

Poetry – A Smile

Let others cheer the winning man,
There’s one I hold worthwhile;
Tis he who does the best he can,
Then loses with a smile.

— anonymous poem, found in The Book o Virtues, ed. by W. J. Bennett

There is nothing like writing

There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight.

Warren Buffett

O TO BE AN OSTRICH

O TO BE AN OSTRICH

The ostrich
like Shakespeare
believes there is nothing
good or bad
but thinking
makes it so.

All problems
he has found
by taking his head
out of the ground
and looking
for them.

The solving
obviously
is a matter of foot
going faster than thought
to avoid
being caught.

Such logic
of conscience
may well be envied—
for who can dispute
what can not be questioned
or proved?

— Elizabeth Bartlett

THE POPLAR FIELD

The poplars are fell’d, farewell to the shade
And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade;
The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves,
Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives.

Twelve years have elapsed since I last took a view
Of my favorite field, and the bank where they grew:
And now in the grass behold they are laid,
And the tree is my seat that once lent me a shade.

The blackbird has fled to another retreat
Where the hazels afford him a screen from the heat;
And the scene where his melody charm’d me before
Resounds with his sweet-flowing ditty no more.

My fugitive years are all hasting away,
And I must ere long lie lowly as they,
With a turf on my breast and a stone at my head,
Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.

‘Tis a sight to engage me, if anything can,
To muse on the perishing pleasures of man;
Short-lived as we are, our enjoyments, I see,
Have a still shorter date, and die sooner than we.

— W. Cowper

SOLITUDE

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air
In his own ground.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire;
Whose trees in summer yield him shade
In winter, fire.

Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
Hours, days, and years, slide soft away
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix’d; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.

— A. POPE.

THE BOOK HUNTER

I’ve spent all my money in chasing
For books that are costly and rare;
I’ve made myself bankrupt in tracing
Each prize to its ultimate lair.
And now I’m a ruined collector,
Impoverished, ragged, and thin,
Reduced to a vanishing spectre,
Because of my prodigal sin.

How often I’ve called upon Foley,
The man who’s a friend of the cranks;
Knows books that are witty or holy,
And whether they’re prizes or blanks.
For volumes on paper or vellum
He has a most accurate eye,
And always is willing to sell ’em
To dreamers like me who will buy.

My purse requires fences and hedges,
Alas! it will never stay shut;
My coat-sleeves now have deckle edges,
My hair is unkempt and “uncut.”
My coat is a true first edition,
And rusty from shoulder to waist;
My trousers are out of condition,
Their “colophon” worn and defaced.

My shoes have been long out of fashion,
“Crushed leather” they both seem to be;
My hat is a thing for compassion,
The kind that is labelled “n. d.”
My vest from its binding is broken,
It’s what the French call a relique;
What I think of it cannot be spoken,
Its catalogue mark is “unique.”

I’m a book that is thumbed and untidy,
The only one left of the set;
I’m sure I was issued on Friday,
For fate is unkind to me yet.
My text has been cruelly garbled
By a destiny harder than flint;
But I wait for my grave to be “marbled,”
And then I shall be out of print.

— Arthur Macy

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