Monday, November 24, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from November 17-21

5. "Non-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read" on Huffington Post Books (Maddie Crum)

Link: http://huff.to/1sy9yOt

This "post" is a really quick read. It's mostly an infographic by designer David McCandless, based on his research of the most recommended nonfiction books to read. The list includes Stephen King's memoir and writing craft book On Writing, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, and Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Which recommendations have you read? What nonfiction offerings would you add that aren't included? Why?

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4. "32 Alternatives to 'A Lot'" on Ragan's PR Daily (Laura Hale Brockway)

Link: http://bit.ly/1FhBk7R

Just a quick list of synonyms for one of the most overused phrases in writing. It isn't necessary to read through the list in a sitting; I just bookmarked it for future reference.

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3. "Kate Brauning: Five Things I Learned Writing 'How We Fall'" on terribleminds

Link: http://bit.ly/1ykoX90

In writing her debut YA contemporary novel, author Kate Brauning learned a great deal about the writing industry and the craft of writing. In this guest post on Chuck Wendig's terribleminds blog, she shares her insights. The post is full of invaluable information and guidance --- check it out!

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2. "How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips from Harvard's Steven Pinker" on Time.com (Eric Barker)

Link: http://ti.me/1x15gVb

Steven Pinker of Harvard tackles the question of how to become a better writer --- who doesn't want to learn that, after all? --- from a scientific and psychological standpoint. He touches on points from playing by the rules (or not) to reading everything you can get your hands on, and everything in between. Another excellent post to earmark for future reference.

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1. "What Makes a Novel Millennial-Friendly?" on Thought Catalog (Julia Long)

Link: http://tcat.tc/1tdVSIR

If you're writing young adult (YA) or new adult fiction, you'll want to check out this post. Long profiles the average millennial and then explains four things to remember about what catches a millennial's (often fleeting) attention in a book. Don't miss this article!

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That's the lineup for the week. Let me know if I missed anything, or which article was most useful to you. Thanks for reading!

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