Here's a practical, user-friendly guide from an expert in the field --- writer Christopher Pappas is the founder of The eLearning Industry's Network --- that walks you through all the steps required to determine where you and your skill set best fit into the industry. The tips are applicable for writers in other fields, as well.
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4. "5 Ways to Avoid the Wrong Freelance Gigs" on How Design (Tom N. Tumbusch)
The life of a freelancer isn't an easy one anyway. The difference between a season of plenty and a season of want could very well be any gig that presents itself. But how do you decide which gigs to accept and which ones to reject? This article provides five excellent reasons that comprise a kind of plumb line against which to measure potential jobs.
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3. "51 Books That Prove Reading Can Change Your Life" on BuzzFeed Books (Jennifer Schaffer)
As simple as it sounds, you might read through this list of books and notice one, or remember one, that changed your life somehow. Writer's Digest blogger Brian A. Klems did a post recently on ten books that have never left you, and it seems to me that these fifty-one offerings could well have been included.
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2. "Here's My Habits Manifesto. What's Yours?" on Positively Positive (Gretchen Rubin)
The word manifesto doesn't usually come with positive connotations ... but what if it did? What if you took time to write out your own manifesto, what you believe specifically about habits in your life? How would what you wrote relate to writing? What kinds of habits will move you closer to your writing goals?
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1. "Make the Best of Your Writing Talent With These Top Content Creation Tools" on SAP Business Innovation (Robert Morris)
For bloggers, freelancers, and writers, all of whom usually publish related content to build brands and platforms, this list of the ten best tools with which to create content will give you a place to start. If you know of others, let us know in the comments below!
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There's your top five for this past week. Let me know what I missed, and which of these resources turned out to be the most helpful for you!