Monday, October 13, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from October 6-10

5. "Word Fact: What's the Difference Between a Homograph, Homonym, and Homophone?" on Dictionary.com

Link: http://bit.ly/11an6sJ

If you're the kind of person who is fascinated by diction and wordplay (read: poets, authors, bloggers ...) and who loves to be "in the know" about obscure figures of speech, you'll be entertained by this post. It's just a brief overview of three words that everybody confuses. How do you remember the difference?


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4. "7 Journal Writing Prompts for Beginners" on Huffington Post (Naomi Arnold)

Link: http://huff.to/1tS5nNA

A lot of research has been conducted to track the use of journaling in mental and emotional health and stability. If you've never kept a journal before, it's worth a chance. This post gives you a week's worth (if you journal every day) of prompts to get you started. Which one inspires you most?


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3. "5 Tips for Plotting a Mystery" on Fiction University (Pamela Fagan Hutchins)

Link: http://bit.ly/1qOzB1R

My favorite part of this post is the author's assertion that even if you're not writing a mystery novel --- if you're writing, say, science fiction or romance or adventure instead --- you can learn and benefit from studying how a mystery writer sets up his or her novel. After all, every work of fiction has questions that keep the reader guessing, wondering, and turning pages. Don't let the title of this post stop you from checking it out --- if you write fiction at all, it applies to you! Which tip do you find most enlightening?


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2. "Top 10 Tips for Being a Best-Selling Author" on BBC News (Alison Feeney-Hart)

Link: http://bbc.in/1vENCp9

Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella lists her best pieces of advice for authors to be successful, and then explains her reasoning behind each one. From carrying a notebook everywhere to planning your project before you start, each tip is like a quick look inside Kinsella's own writing process, and it's a fascinating view! Which piece of advice haven't you heard before?


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1. "6 Things We Need to Stop Doing as Writers" on Thought Catalog (Rubee Dano)

Link: http://tcat.tc/1nigxy0

The debate about whether to call yourself a writer or an author rages on. Meanwhile, no matter what you call yourself, are you inhibiting your creativity or productivity in other ways? Glance over the list in this post. Which trap have you fallen into? Do you have advice for how to get out of that mindset?


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There's the top five for the week --- if I missed anything important, let me know. Which article was most helpful for you?

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