4 writing tips from Mark Twain

The famous author may not have written for the Web, but we can certainly apply his salient thoughts on crafting prose.

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Poll anyone on what they consider to be the “great American novel,” and you’re likely to turn up with one answer an inordinate amount of times: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The novel has been indelibly pressed into America’s collective memory for the biting wit and power of Twain—not to mention the great story he tells.

So, today, I’d like to turn to Mark Twain to pick up a few content writing tips that could benefit us all. Known for his ability to throw out a memorable quip or two daily, Twain has built quite the archive of quotes. Here are just four that content marketers can learn from.

“The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.”

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