HTB #30 – The Fundamentals of Becoming a Better Writer – with Denise Hughes

Did you know there are writing techniques that can help you connect more deeply with your blog readers? Did you know blog writing is different than the writing you learned in school? Yep, it’s true. Listen and learn from today’s show with Denise Hughes.


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Denise’s books:
1. Passport to Prose
2. On Becoming a Better Writer

Recommended books:
1. Bird by Bird – by Anne Lamott
2. On Writing Well – by William Zinsser
3. The Elements of Style – by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

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  1. I didn’t get much housework done listening to this podcast, b/c I kept typing down ideas in evernote on my phone! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  2. Chris Malkemes says

    It was nice to listen to your conversation. You were very clear on things we need to do as blog writers. I have already learned a lot from you. Thank you. Blessings and look forward to seeing you at Allume.

  3. Thank you for this episode! I’m one of those bloggers that REALLY struggles with proper writing structure. I use “…” WAY too much. Although you had tons of great ideas in this episode I think what really hit me was that it is OK that I’m not a perfect writer. I’ll continue to improve and grow but blogging is a great platform for some common language writing. THANK YOU for you encouraging words!

  4. I think I’ve listened to this one 3 times. It was like I read the Cliff Notes from 4 years of Journalism School. Thank you!

  5. What a great podcast! On all accounts! 🙂 This was so helpful to me as I am a woman with a message who wants to communicate, but I get SO tripped up by the grammar and conventions of it all. So, thank you for the encouragement!

  6. So… (ellipses!) this is totally the BEST resource for writing/blogging I have heard as a new blogger! I recently started a new blog at and I am wrestling with so many of the things you guys discussed in this podcast. THANK YOU!!!! I’m so glad I found your podcast. Thanks sincerely.

  7. Really good. I think I can get a bit waffly in my posts, so this is a good reminder. Also what Crystal Stine said a little while ago about it being ok to keep on the same topic from various different angles because your readers are only just getting it by the time you’re over it.
    Could you do a podcast about link parties? Some blogs I find have posts that have 20 link ups at the bottom, which I find a bit much. I try to link up just to one or two. How much is too much? How do you successfully start a link up?
    I think your podcasts are brilliant, thank you so much


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