How To Write: Advice from Scott Berkun


If you’re not already following Scott Berkun on Twitter, now is the time.  He is a writer, public speaker, and creator.  He wrote Confessions of a Public Speaker as well as The Myths of Innovation and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds.  Berkun’s passion for learning is evident, and he Tweets so many wonderful things.  Yesterday morning, Berkun Tweeted the following video:


I immediately shared this gem with my fellow members of the English Department.  Berkun’s easy, comfortable presentation style will certainly resonate with our students, but his advice is also helpful for our writer/teachers, too.

Berkun presented this Ignite-style in Seattle.  Check out the live presentation here.

Berkun touches on some amazing writing advice.  My personal goal is to write something each and every day on Creating Communication, and I have for about a year now.  My fellow workaholic and superteacher, Chiara Ojeda, often asks me how I have time to blog.  For example, my laptop basically snapped in half on Wednesday, but I got a blog post in before it happened.  Chiara shrieked, “How did you have time to blog?!”

The truth is, I am constantly being inspired by the world around me.  I read a lot, so articles and books are sources for most of my blog posts.  It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again: you can never be a strong writer unless you are also a reader.  I have so many ideas and pull inspiration from so many places that I constantly have a “post in progress” on CC.  For example, I have about 10 drafts in the works at this very moment.  This makes it easy to write every day because I can either a) find something new to write about, b) work on an old post, or c) finish up a “post in progress” and make it official by publishing.  Pinterest and Twitter are excellent sources of information and inspiration.  I have a board on Pinterest called “Ideas For The Blog,” and I’ll use those for future posts.  If I re-Tweet something on Twitter, chances are that I’ll also use that article in a future blog post.

If I could offer any writing advice from my own experiences, that advice would be three-fold: 1) read as much as you can get your hands on, 2) write every single day, and 3) keep your rough drafts – even if you think they’re terrible – because you can always edit them into something wonderful.

Writers!  What is your writing process?  How do you avoid writer’s block?  Please share your best writing advice with us.

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