Monday, December 22, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from December 15-19

5. "10 Brilliant Strategies for Writing Viral Content" on Forbes.com (Deborah Jian Lee)

Link: http://onforb.es/13BFY5l

If you're a freelancer, blogger, writer, or even a businessperson, you're probably thinking content creation. Most people in this industry are. This post is chock full of excellent guidance, from spiffing up your headlines to eliciting reader emotions for innate connection.

Which strategy was most helpful to you where you are in your current career?

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4. "Stand Out From the Crowd: Simplicity Tips From Amy Lynn Andrews" on Problogger (Stacey Roberts)

Link: http://bit.ly/1r9ORx6

Sometimes all the social marketing and platform-building creative writers tackle feels overwhelming. How do you keep up with everything you need to update, schedule, review, post, and publish? Sometimes, it makes more sense to simplify, and if you do it right, there's even more impact from doing less. Check out this post to find out more.

Are you surprised by Amy Lynn Andrews's philosophy? Why or why not?

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3. "How to Boost Your Content Reach with Social Media" on Social Media Examiner (Eric Siu)

Link: http://bit.ly/1wBPFxo

In keeping with the idea of platform building and content creation, here's a refreshing post on how to get the most bang for your buck when you post to social media, from Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn and Pinterest.

What are your preferred social media? Why?

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2. "How to Make, Meet, and Exceed Your 2015 Writing Goals" on Pen & Muse (Jolene Haley)

Link: http://bit.ly/1zi7KAT

Most of us have resolutions or goals for the new year. When in doubt about how to tackle your goal-setting, keep in mind this post's three basic --- yet often overlooked --- points. You won't regret their application.

How do you invest in your writing career? What are some of your goals or resolutions for the new year?

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1. "The Top 10 Lessons I Learned From a Year of Productivity" on A Life of Productivity (Chris Bailey)

Link: http://bit.ly/1ArhBTS

And, in keeping with making New Year's resolutions, what makes this honest, insightful post invaluable is not only its immediate content but also all the links Bailey provides to other posts detailing his experiences, experiments, and recommendations. When in doubt, aim for personal growth as an objective. It's one that will return to you with interest.

How's your productivity-to-procrastination ratio? How do you stay focused? When do you accomplish your best work? Why?

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BONUS: "Modern Entrepreneurs Need to Learn How to Write" on Scottsdale.com (Martin Zwilling)

Link: http://bit.ly/1CkPzZU

The importance of writing as a skill in every single career field cannot be overstated. Communication is critically important, regardless of your job, duties, or responsibilities. Without the ability to write well, you'll fall behind when in competition with your peers for the next promotion. Check out this blunt article for more information.

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Now you know the best writing-related articles from last week. Which one was most valuable to you? Why or why not?

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