• Hook Writing: 20 Great Hook Examples and Strategies to Write an Awesome Hook Essay

     

    Do you ever wish readers were more hooked on your phonics? I did. So I researched, practiced, and found a whole bunch of new ways to write a great hook for essays.

    And guess what?

    It works for me!

    Well, most of the time anyway. Other times, not so much. Those are usually the occasions I free-write and don’t follow any proven tactics. And, as expected, those are the time the articles usually flop because they had no proper hook in writing.…

  • The Carnal Power of Idea Sex

    “Don’t be surprised. There is nothing new under the sun. Only endless repackagings.” — John Piper

    I used to work for an IP camera startup almost ten years ago. Sounds a bit boring, right? It was anything but.

    I got to travel the world, learn new skills, and more importantly, bring ideas into reality by helping to improve the products. The flagship camera when I joined the new company was interesting, to say the least.

    The owner, who literally thought he had traveled through time — talk about a red flag — was as intelligent as he was strange.…

  • How ‘Transportation Theory’ Can Help Your Writing Captivate Readers

    Compelling writing can transport you to another dimension full of Gary’s.

    You come home after a long day at the office and enter your apartment building. You stroll wearily to the open elevator, looking forward to a refreshing PB&T sammich.

    Unfortunately, your annoying 13th-floor neighbor Gary has just come through the front door, noticed you, and is trying to ride up with you. You sneakily smash the ‘close door’ button as hard as you can until that sweet moment of relief hits and Gary is left annoying himself in the lobby where he belongs.

  • Anne Rice Wrote Interview With a Vampire as a Way to Deal With Her Daughter’s Tragic Death

    It’s a common trope that to create true art in this world, you have to go through true tragedy first.

    And in the case of Anne Rice, unfortunately, it seemed to be more true than ever.

    Bohemian Roots

    Born in 1941 to a Bohemian mother and a quirky postman father, Anne had a strange childhood, to say the least.

    She was born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien into a conservative catholic family in a neighborhood of New Orleans.

    Growing up with a name like Howard couldn’t have been easy, but that may have been the exact reason her mother chose the name.…

  • Increase Your Article Views 25% By Writing For a 6th Grade Reading Level

    If you’re anything like me and are obsessed with getting more eyeballs on your articles, then this post might help you with that.

    We often read a lot about various tricks of the trade to help our stories and articles perform better. This one focuses on an easy way to achieve that and explains why it should work.

    What Are Reading Levels?

    Have you ever checked what reading level your writing is suitable for?

    In this day and age of short attention spans (did you just see that blue car drive by?!

  • How Many Kindle Books Do Bestsellers Actually Sell?

    How many books could a Kindle book book, if a Kindle book could book books?

    A year or so ago, I sat down with an amazing artist to outline my first book.

    It was a great experience and was definitely worth taking time off my day job to complete it. But holy hell did I ever jump into a world of frustration and potential rabbit holes.

    And if you follow my writing at all, you know both of those things are in reality a huge plus in my book.…

  • Listening to Music Can Hurt Your Writing Productivity

    Do you listen to music when you write? It seems that the majority of writers do. But the science behind you blasting Metallica while writing (as Stephen King used to do) is starting to say maybe you shouldn’t.

    Recent studies have shown that listening to background noise — especially pop hits — can actually hinder your writing.

    “Tasks that involve language processing or decision making need your attentional focus, and when you try to do two such tasks at the same time, you end up switching your attention back and forth.”…

  • Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions: A Handy Little Writing Tool

    “Change happens in the boiler room of our emotions. So find out how to light their fires.” — Jeff Dewar

    Headlines are the beginning of the reading journey.

    No matter how you cut it, your title determines how many people read your subtitle. Your subtitle determines how many people glance at your header image. Your header image reinforces the ideas of the headlines.

    Then someone clicks, or more likely, moves on to another piece.

    These three things combined paint a five-second picture in your readers’ mind of whether or not your work is worth their next five minutes of free time.…

  • The 27 Emotions List: What Recent Science Says We Feel

     

    “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

    When talking about social media, politics, and $30 Starbucks coffees, we often feel a familiar combination of disgust and anger. But a study in 2017 came to the conclusion we have far more emotions despite what our modern internet age tells us.

    In 2017, two researchers from the University of California, Berkely, Alan S.…

  • 😎 Huge List of Unicode and Emoji Symbols to Copy and Paste 😀

     

    Here is a massive list (categorized of course) of emojis, symbols, Unicode characters, and pretty much everything else you would need to spruce up your essays, articles, and projects!

    Just copy and paste any of these symbols to use them. You can also try double-clicking a symbol to save time highlighting it.

    These symbols are almost all cross-platform, so they should work on every device and social media platform.

    If you’re looking to make a fancy name for your profile or webpage, you can also try searching for a Unicode text converter tool.…