Creative Writing Made Easy: Networking Times Article

Last summer the editor of Networking Times magazine contacted me on Facebook.   She had been on my blog, loved it and wanted me to write an article for one of their upcoming issues on Writing: The New Social Currency.

I was so surprised and excited because I saw it as an opportunity to reach a bigger audience and help people who have avoided getting started on a blog for their business because they think they can’t write.

Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective; you just have to write! I’m one of those “throw the formalities out the window” type of people.  I like to have fun with my blog, be myself, and talk to all of you like we were sitting across the table having a glass of wine or cup of coffee and hanging out.

That was why I chose to write an article sharing 7 tips to creative writing that is fun, easy, and will get results.  And in my typical “Heather style” I couldn’t stop with just the article (I love surprising people with fun freebies.) So I also gave away a writer’s resource at the end of the post for those who needed a little help getting started.  It includes a downloadable pdf writer’s resource that includes a copywriting cheat sheet, 45 hypnotic headlines, simple writing formulas, as well as 50 things to blog about (for home based business owners and networkers) so you’ll never be stuck with writers’ block!

I recorded a video for the Networking Times TV channel sharing one of my favorite tips. Watch the video and grab the link to the article and your free downloadable writer’s kit below. 🙂

Enjoy!
♥ Heather

September/October 2011 Networking Times Article:Creative Writing Made Easy

Gift for Networking Times ReadersTo get your free gift, please enter your name and email in the fields below and then go check your inbox. In a few minutes you’ll receive an email from me with a link to download your writer’s resource.

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Comments

  1. Congratulations Heather!! Home based business owners simply have to blog in order to promote themselves, so your gift will come in handy for them. Good idea!

  2. Hi Heather,

    I love your friendly approach to writing – that’s the way I like to roll too! Makes it more fun for me, and for readers I think.

    Very generous line-up of valuable, free advice here!

    • Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for the comment. I enjoyed your writing style today as well. It was very friendly and easy to follow. 🙂

      Heather

  3. Thanks for sharing,

    Great option for them who all are running home based business in blogging because with these kind of options they will do more work with more passion for expend their business.

    • Good point, Sam!

      Passion for what we’re writing about makes our writing better! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

      Heather

  4. Hi Heather,

    I so agree that conversational writing is the way to go with many types of writing. How else could you develop and retain an individual style? In my blog, I don’t use trigger words, but try to create scenarios that cause the readers to want to find out more, and to continue reading to the end of the story. But, people who are writing a blog similar to yours, need to have every tool available to engage readers attention.

    Lou

    • Thank you Lou,

      I appreciate your comment and thoughts. Getting people to read the next line is the goal of any copy, fiction or non fiction! You do a great job!

      Heather

  5. HI Heather, well you sure do know how to get out there and share in your ‘true Heather style’ 🙂

    What a great opportunity to write for Networking Times Magazine. Congratulations.

    I hope everything is going wonderfully. Thanks for sharing your great resource and being so helpful to those who need that extra push.

    Best

    Jayne

    • Hi Jayne,

      Thank you! I had fun writing the post and enjoyed the experience very much.

      Everything is going great. I’m finally settling in, and met my goals for the third quarter early. I’m anxious to get back into the swing of things here on CM…miss you and everyone else! 🙂

      Let’s talk soon! What does your weekend look like?

      Heather

  6. Hi Heather,
    Congratulations for your achievement:)
    Wonderful article in Networking Times Magazine. I used to struggle at writing but I found it very attractive and a powerful skill to acquire. In the beginning I was very rigid( thanks to my seo too) but now it’s getting better and more fun.As you said the key is practice. You cannot be an expert in writing after 2 articles.

    Thanks for sharing your great insights with us.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Radu

    • Thank you Radu!

      SEO can really make our writing awkward. Focusing on what’s the best content always works for me, writing naturally that will elicit emotion from my readers and then going back and adding in keywords where they’ll fit and sound natural.

      Thanks for your awesome comment!
      Heather

  7. Hey Heather,

    Great post and video! I think that writing conversationally will go a long way with helping you connect with your readers.

    I always try to use a little comedy, if it fits in the post of course.

    Perfect grammar and punctuation should be the least of your worries, although your post has to be readable, because google does not like posts that are very difficult to read, as many article spinners make articles difficult to read and since “Panda” you can really get slapped by google, even if your content is original.

    Thanks for sharing Heather and have a great day!

    • Hi Ian,

      Humor makes things fun to read!

      I agree that your post has to be good enough grammar wise to read, but I think sometimes that people get hung up on the rules so much that they tweak and perfect their posts to death and never get them out. I think that if you’re smart enough to build a home based business or small business your writing is probably good enough that you don’t need to worry.

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂
      Heather

      • Hey Heather,

        I am guilty of doing exactly what you say. Trying to perfect a post before I publish it. I have since stopped doing that.

        I absolutely agree, that if you are smart enough to run your own home business, then you should have no problem writing blog posts.

        Thanks Heather and have a great day!

  8. Hi Heather,

    First of all, congratulations! That is an honor, and one that you well deserve!

    Using conversational style writing in blogging was one thing that was an adjustment for me. Unless I was writing in story form I was used to formal writing. But now that I’m used to it, I love it!

    Stacy

    • Thanks so much Stacy! I do feel honored.

      I love your writing style…it’s always so fun to read! 🙂

      Heather

  9. Hi Heather,

    Congratulations on getting the opportunity to write for – Networking Times Magazine, you deserve it.

    Thanks for sharing this great post with us.

    Dev

  10. Thank You Devesh! 🙂

  11. Hi Heather,

    I’m still waiting the email about your article resource. I already sent my name and email on the provided box at the end of this post. Maybe this could help me in writing articles coz you know, writing is really my weakness. I have some friends who are articles writer. They always invite me to join them but I always say ‘no’ cause I find it hard to write.

  12. Thanks Heather,

    I already downloaded it and start reading Quick Start Checklist. It’s very helpful info.

  13. Hi Heather,
    Congratulations!
    This is my first visit to your blog. I like your conversational writing style. Good luck with your blog.

  14. Hi Heather Stephens ,
    Congratulations on having opportunity to write for networking times magazine, nodoubt you are a dedicated and a very sincere writer. I really like the video and thanks for taking time to share this with us.

  15. Hey Heather!

    I really like the pic up the top of this blog post! Its a book that looks like art! Awesome!

    Wow you’re really providing value for your readers here! And congratulations on being asked to write for the Networking Times Magazine!

    Thats really cool!

    Nick

  16. Networking Times magazine contacted you! Wow!

    Just write! I like that.. like the Nike commercials “Just do it!” no rules, just go and have fun. Very well said! I am happy for you.

    Well you will be getting a new readership in no time. Consider me one of them 🙂

  17. Lessa says:

    The formalities can really hold things up, its a good idea to forget them when you blog I find, it gives you a load more freedom.

    Its interesting in reply to a comment earlier you say that you write content first and then perhaps focus on SEO but its something i am really glad to read as it means I am not the only one who takes that approach.

    People seem to have forgotten they are writing for people and their work needs to be read these days people write for google as much, if not more often than, for the legit readers….. the world has gone mad,

  18. Hi Heather,

    It’s been awhile since my last visit to your blog. I was busy lately but now i have a free time to read on your write up. First, i’d like to congratulate you on your new journey. I hope everything will went fine in networking times. I like your idea of ditching the rules in writing. It does intimidate me and sometimes cause delay in business. I will try your approach in writing and i hope it will work for me as well. By the way, in the video you really look happy with what’s been going on with your life. I can sense it with your tone. Keep up the good work and wish you all the best.

  19. A big CONGRATULATION to you Heather.

    You know what U deserve and thus U get it. So its facts that Talent must payed.

    Thanks a lot for this.

  20. Hi Heather,

    Congratulations I like and appreciate your services for writing your recorded video for the Networking Times TV channel is my favorite tips too.Thanks for sharing it.

  21. Hi Heather,

    You really inspired me to write more creatively. I actually have great fear of showing my skills in larger audience. Thanks for giving me a reason to move forward in my writing career!

  22. hey heather,first congrats to you for your this success.and your post is very well written,your post should be very helpful for me.
    thnks,
    Creativity comes out of your right brain and is often overshadowed by your left brain which is logical and analytical. It is your job to find ways to tap into your right brain so you can get to the creativity and tap into your inner author.
    Writing is one of the most fun things you can do to record your ideas, stories, adventures and happenings in your life. You are able to write from your own perspective and share with others how you are moving through the events in your life. You can never know how many others can benefit from your approach and problem solving abilities.

    Often we never consider that how we solved a situation might help someone else. I am always surprised at the thank your I get from other people when I share. Underestimating our influence on others can keep you from thinking that what you might say is important and that often leads to not sharing.

  23. Jenny Morgan says:

    Looking forward to receiving your writing report thanks Heather

  24. Hi Heather, thanks for sharing your tips on the video, I really enjoyed watching it and have picked up a good few ideas from what you said. Feel free to do more videos, they work well!

    Cheers,
    Elaine