Monday, September 1, 2014

The Top Five: Most Helpful Articles from August 25-29

5. "13 Writing Rules" on Ann Handley (Ann Handley)

Link: http://bit.ly/1nqNmn0

This blog post takes writing back to basics. One of my favorite gems: "[T]he key to being a better writer is to write." We could all use some of those simple reminders, the ones that provide us with a firm foundation for writing in the first place.

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4. "What Should You Write Today?" on Buzz Feed Books (Julia Pugachevsky)

Link: http://bzfd.it/1qQlVDZ

This post's subtitle is "Because writer's block is the worst," and the post itself is determined to help writers get out of getting stuck. Pick any one of thirty options and get a writing prompt to work on. Writer's block begone!

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3. "4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries" on Copyblogger (Henneke)

Link: http://bit.ly/1qTjcO4

In fact, the author here provides more than just four steps to putting together a blog post that will grab your readers and get them interacting with you and each other. Freelancers, you won't want to miss this gem.

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2. "A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites" on Duct Tape Marketing (Justin Sturges)

Link: http://bit.ly/1zKu3Lf

I've always appreciated visual guides because I'm more a visual learner than anything else, and this guide is no exception. The post is one long graphic with tips about keywords, templates to use, a list of helpful tools, and a comprehensive list of references and resources. Another excellent reference for freelancers, and anyone with a website (including writers and bloggers).

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1. "21 Ways Creative People Keep Themselves Inspired" on Thought Catalog (Koty Neelis)

Link: http://tcat.tc/1nL5MPv

Lacking inspiration? Find yourself bored? Need something new to break the old routine? This post has got excellent recommendations for anyone who spends a lot of time writing (or, really, creating anything) and needs some different ideas for waking the muse.

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BONUS: "Sci-Fi" on the Academy of American Poets, or Poets.org (Tracy K. Smith)

Link: http://bit.ly/1lo78E1

Never underestimate the power of reading to galvanize your creative powers into action. Poetry is one of my favorite things to read when I need a pick-me-up, and Smith's poems are beautiful, unexpected renditions of the human condition, with words that delight, empower, and provoke. Enjoy!

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What was your favorite article from the week? What did you get out of the article? What could the article have included or excluded to make it even better? Let me know if I missed anything I should have highlighted!

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