Monday, September 29, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from September 22-26

5. "Strategies: 11 Tips for Freelance Success" on USA Today (Rhonda Abrams)

Link: http://usat.ly/1uwpXIz

Freelancing is a tough gig. Anybody who's dabbled in the field knows that. Here are eleven lesser-known tips --- or tips you already knew; you just didn't really think about --- to get the most out of your decision to freelance. From pre-planning to specializing to getting out there on social media, this wisdom is invaluable.



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4. "Emma Thompson on Her Writing Process: A Yoga Mat, a Hoover, & Lots of Crying" on Deadline (Joe Utichi)

Link: http://bit.ly/Z6kY4q

Screenwriter Emma Thompson talks about her writing process and what it takes to get a screenplay written realistically, all with trademark humor. It's possible to learn so much from author interviews, and even from interviews with other industry professionals --- take advantage.



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3. "Why Some Freelancers Fail at Social Media in 4 Lessons" on The Social Marketers (Susanna Gebauer)

Link: http://bit.ly/YCZ6wu

Closely related to the article (see #5 above) I referenced earlier in this post is this article. Freelancers today need to be savvy with social media; it's that or never get your name out there to a waiting clientele. This article walks you through questions and considerations that will help you narrow down your efforts on social media to make it as helpful to you as possible.



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2. "Finding Your Blogging Voice" on Chris Lema

Link: http://bit.ly/1rmJKsC

You subscribe to two or three different blogs, and you get two or three different voices, or tones/perspectives. Here's a quick guide to three ways that can help you find your own voice for your blog, so you stand out from the rest of the crowd.



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1. "Donald Maass Talks About How to Make Your Readers CARE About Your Characters on the First Page" on Karen Woodward

Link: http://bit.ly/1uVNdw0

Donald Maass is indisputably one of my favorite authors to read about the craft of writing. His books --- The Fire in Fiction and Writing the Breakout Novel and Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, among others --- are just filled with excellent advice, practical directions, and insightful examples so you know what he's talking about. This article, about making readers CARE about your characters from page one, is one I bookmarked immediately for the depths of its usefulness.



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What did I miss out on this week? Which was your favorite, most helpful article? Why?

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