The Writer's Cookbook

Writing, productivity, publishing.

Category: Social Media

How to Structure a Blog Post

Writing effectively is as much an art as it is a science, and blog writing is no exception.

Having a blog can be a great way to connect with your audience and share your knowledge. It’s also a way to establish yourself as an expert in a particular area.

However, there are literally millions of blogs published everyday. How do you stand out in that? How do you ensure you have exactly what your audience is looking for so that they stay on your site and don’t go elsewhere?

When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was doing. Truth be told, I’m still not sure that I do sometimes. But one thing I have learnt is that structure in a blog post is very important. Blog writing is a lot more like essay writing than it is writing fiction.

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Don’t Myth Out on Writing Competitions!

There are hundreds of writing competitions held every year, often with tempting prizes, yet many writers don’t enter.

There might be good reasons for this in some cases, but I’ve heard many that simply don’t hold water.

I’ve won 25 writing competitions and literary awards, and part of the reason why is that I’ve ignored some of the myths that prevent writers from entering and winning. I’ve also judged both poetry and prose competitions, so I know what not to do!

Give yourself the best chance by not falling for these common myths:

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Social Media for Writers: Which Platforms You Need to be on, Based on What You Write

Having a web presence is essential for all writers in the twenty-first century.

Whether you write fiction, poetry, scripts, nonfiction or all of the above, social media can help to boost your audience.

Having an already-established audience makes agents and publishers more likely to pick up your work because you’ve already got a guaranteed audience to sell your books to. It’s a tough market out there, and the more you can do to prove to agents and publishers that you already have people who will buy your books, the more interested they’ll be.

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How to Improve Your Author Brand

It’s no longer as simple as writing a book and leaving the rest to the publishers. In a world of cuts, most publishers won’t spend tonnes of money promoting an unknown.

That’s if you’re lucky enough to get a publisher, of course.

If you’re not at that stage yet you should still be thinking about your author brand. If anything, it’s more important at this stage than when you have an agent and publisher behind you. Your author brand may just be what gets you the deal. If an agent/publisher can see that you already have a loyal fanbase, you have your target audience already and you’re less of a risk for them to take on.

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How to Reach More People on Facebook

It was announced recently that Facebook’s algorithm is changing again.

Their goal is for posts by friends and family to rank highest.

That means if you have a Facebook page, it’s going to be even more difficult to be seen than it was a couple of months ago.

Experts estimate that 2-10% of your page’s fans will see the posts that you share.

And those estimates were before the changes came into play.

So what can you do?

Should you ditch your Facebook page?

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How to be Organised in Your Writing, Editing, and Book Marketing

Being organised sounds boring, doesn’t it?

Especially if you find spontaneity so much fun!

Unfortunately, when you have a lot of responsibilities—and the older you get, the more responsibilities you’ll have—spontaneity just isn’t practical.

If you want to get shit done, you need to be organised.

If you don’t, things are likely to get missed or neglected and you just won’t make the most of the precious time that you have.

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Mental Health Online: Why Your Choice of Words Matters

Social media is a very bittersweet tool that we have at our disposal. It is difficult to dismiss the positives it has brought to the world: communication with ease, instantaneous news, unison for young people, and an increase in social debate.

However, social media has its negatives. In a digital reality where everybody has the potential to make themselves heard or become part of a wider community, there seems to be a habit of devaluing serious issues, for the sake of haphazardly throwing together a post without a second thought.

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7 Jobs for Creative Writing Graduates

When I was coming up to graduating from my BA in Creative Writing, I received no guidance from the uni or anyone else about what to do next. Frankly, no one knew what to do with me. I was only cut out for sitting in a darkened room with a typewriter on my own with no money for the rest of my life…right?


A Creative Writing degree opens far more doors than many people realise. If it wasn’t for the help of some very savvy friends then I probably still wouldn’t have a clue. So, whilst I’m by no means a career expert, I do know a lot about writers and writing, so here are 7 jobs you can do with your Creative Writing degree…

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The Benefits of LinkedIn for Writers

If you want to write fiction, you may feel LinkedIn isn’t for you.

I disagree.

There are a lot of writers out there who feel that LinkedIn isn’t for them. It’s confusing, there’s no point to it if you’re not career-orientated, Facebook is better, etc.

If you’re one of these writers, you’re thinking about things all wrong.

There are lots of benefits of LinkedIn for writers. Here’s some of them.


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Are You Making These Social Media Mistakes?

‘What does social media have to do with writing?’ you ask?

We write statuses, we write text for images, we’re supposed to read the terms and conditions…social media is all about manipulating people to get what you want and bragging about how amazing your life is (isn’t). Studies show that most people put on a false front of how great their life is, and positive statuses are more likely to be shared.

However, it’s easy to make mistakes, especially if you’re a beginner to social media, or not all that bothered about it. Make sure you don’t fall into the trap of making these common social media mistakes (not following these rules just might come back to haunt you).

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