Monday, January 12, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from January 3-9

5. "SEO: The Must-Dos That You Just Can't Miss" on ProBlogger (Rand FishkinStacey Roberts)

Link: http://bit.ly/1wBzIlp

Everybody's talking about SEO and whether your platform has enough of it. Finally, check out a systematic breakdown of steps you can take to ensure that your posts and content will garner the audience you're looking for, and give them something valuable in exchange for their time.

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4. "Plot Is Your Character's Want" on Ksenia Anske, Fantasy Writer

Link: http://bit.ly/14h8KaI

The title of the post is short, sweet, and direct. The post itself is an in-depth unpacking of what Anske means by her statement. Truly, maybe we don't have to spend so much time worrying about whether our story has the requisite three acts. Maybe we just need to tie everything back to what the character wants, and let that be enough. See what you think.

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3. "Why We Write, Why We Stop, and How We Can Possibly Restart and Keep Going" on Writer Unboxed (Julianna Baggott)

Link: http://bit.ly/14n8Wq9

A heartfelt treatise on the aforementioned subjects. Ask a dozen writers who desperately want to be writing but can't seem to do so why they're not writing, and you'll probably get a dozen different answers ... except that when you dig deeply enough, maybe they're all really saying the same one or two or three things.

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2. "30 Prompts to Reflect On In the New Year" on Psych Central (Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.)

Link: http://bit.ly/1yRj3Aj

For some of us, writing is the medium with which we make the world make sense. If that's the case, take a look at this list of thoughtful prompts to help you process the start of the new year, and the ending of 2014. You might be surprised what the process of processing brings to light.

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1. "10 Famous Poems Recited by Famous Actors" on Book Riot (Cassandra Neace)

Link: http://bit.ly/17v31QW

Just for the sake of entertainment, and inspiration, check out these quick videos of famous actors (from Glenn Close to Bill Murray) reading famous poems. Most are incredibly poignant, and might help you see poetry, or these poems in particular, or the actors themselves, in a whole different light.

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And so ends the lineup for last week. What did you like? What didn't you like? What helped most? What does your current work-in-progress require?

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