Monday, December 15, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from December 8-12

5. "Teaching Literary Analysis" on Edutopia (Rusul Alrubail)

Link: http://bit.ly/1vkDJsu

A post such as this one might seem limited in its usefulness. Who sits down to determine how best to teach literary analysis except a professor or teacher of English? And yet how many of us are readers, book reviewers, critics, even if we're just writing informal opinion pieces?

The tips in this post were ones I needed to hear. Which one(s) apply to you where you are in your writing career?

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4. "6 Tips to Increase Work Opportunities for Freelance Writers" on Quill Content

Link: http://bit.ly/1zgvzYu

From marketing to flexibility to proofreading to networking with fellow freelancers, this post is a gem of useful information, especially because it's so brief and concise ... evidence of much freelance work at its best!

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3. "How to Start a Wordpress Freelancing Business" on Torque (Brandon Yanofsky)

Link: http://bit.ly/1xlL3LA

A number of experts in the writing world and even in other industries agree that WordPress is fast becoming the most universally accepted and used platform for blogs and websites. That being said, there's a lot to know about WordPress before you dive in. This post is an excellent primer in what to consider before you decide to start freelancing with WordPress.

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2. "What Makes a Story Event a 'Turning Point'?" on Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Link: http://bit.ly/1fC94nK

Turning points in a story or novel make for increased tension, keep readers fascinated enough to want to find out what happens, and force characters to face every-escalating challenges. Author Jami Gold uses extensive examples and provides a thorough list of questions to ask yourself concerning whether the events in your work are effective turning points or not.

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1. "Entertaining Word: A Sonnet About Writing" on Malcolm Guite

Link: http://bit.ly/1zXxWQ0

This post contains a brief explanation of a beautiful poem Guite wrote that embodies the intimate process of writing. When was the last time you looked at your writing process from a different perspective?

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There's the lineup for last week. Let me know what you liked or disliked, and whether I missed anything critical.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! I liked Jami Gold's post on turning points best, mainly because I'm more about creative writing than analysis. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Jami Gold's post was one that I saved to my favorites, just because turning points are so instrumental in writing successful fiction. Writing craft experts like Donald Maass, Jeff Gerke, and Steven James all discuss their importance ... just not in quite as much detail as Ms. Gold!

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