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Promoting your creative writing takes a different kind of writing skill — more akin to the world of marketing, copyrighting, journalism, or PR.

Do effective writers all share the same secret?

Let me know if this is you: when it comes to your creative writing, you’re assured, prolific, and generally — creative!

But when it comes time to write ABOUT your writing you freeze up. You stare at that blank space (whether it be a press release template, an empty tweet box, the bio page on your website, etc.), and suddenly you feel like a fraud, a hack, a has-been or a never-was.

Did you just feel the muse leave the room?

If so, Daphne Gray-Grant has shared some advice that may help you more easily transition from being an interior author to an empowered PR machine without losing the inspiration.

Check out “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers” for the full details. For my recap in a nutshell, see below.

Common traits of effective writers


  1. Separate the writing and the editing process.
  2. Focus on the most interesting elements.
  3. Tap into the power of metaphor.
  4. Do adequate research.
  5. Learn from the writing of others.
  6. Write in small bursts.
  7. Read their work out loud.

What habits and tricks have worked for you? Did they come naturally, or did you have to practice, practice, practice? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Chris Robley

About Chris Robley

Chris Robley has written 502 posts in this blog.

is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

9 thoughts on “PR Daily’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers

  1. Hi Chris,

    I think this is simple, but so great. I have to implement it by myself, I need tips like this.

  2. malhar says:

    Hey Chris
    I use this tricks to make my blog post neat and to the point. Especially 1st and 2nd point. It helps me to stay to the topic. I’ll apply all the others

  3. Cartimini says:

    Hi Chris,

    Simple and efficient, perfect for me !

  4. Erman says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks, this is very simple and efficient, nice powerful..

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