Monday, January 5, 2015

The Top Five: Writing-Related Posts from December 29-January 2

5. "10 of Social Media Marketing's Most Frequently Asked Questions" on Buffer Social (Kevan Lee)

Link: http://bit.ly/16oyhR1

Everyone has questions about how best to market on social media, how to build your platform, where to find content to share with your audience. This post is a wealth of resources and tips for everything from finding content to accruing retweets to tagging people and pages most effectively.

What are you working to accomplish on social media or with your platform? Which of the tips was most helpful to you and why?

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4. "My Year of Writing Dangerously" on Jordan Rosenfeld

Link: http://bit.ly/14aW7ye

Some of the most commonly heard writing advice is to write what you know, what you're familiar with, what you're passionate about. Citing excellent writers who've taken a different approach, Rosenfeld upends that advice and instead offers a different perspective: "Write what scares you."

If you decided to write what scared you, what would you write? What keeps you from writing it?

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3. "English Is Seldom at a Loss for Words" on Huffington Post Books (David Grambs and Ellen S. Levine)

Link: http://huff.to/1xkN8EY

A fascinating foray into the depths of the English language, including words that you never knew existed to describe all kinds of states and things you didn't know were describable with a single term. Take some time and just marinate in all the different terms these authors incorporate into this post.

What's your favorite word from the post? How can you incorporate it into your own work?

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2. "The Habits of Highly Productive Writers" on The Chronicle of Higher Education (Rachel Toor)

Link: http://bit.ly/1t4hMNx

Read all the writing tips you want. Envy all the famous published authors you want. But when you really stop to analyze how those famous authors got where they got, you'll realize it doesn't have a lot to do with luck or things like whether they used an adverb or a prologue in their works. It has more to do with a different mindset entirely. Check out this post to see what I mean.

Which habit(s) would benefit your writing? What do you struggle with most (starting a work, finishing a work, editing, characterization, dialogue)? What measurable steps will you take to make that habit yours?

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1. "9 Lessons from 4 Years of Blogging" on Aha! Now (Harleena Singh)

Link: http://bit.ly/1xqA8iO

Blogging experts are those who have successfully maintained their blogs, posted consistently, garnered a following, and better still, learned from their experiences. Their willingness to pass along what they've learned makes for invaluable reading for the rest of us, and this post is no exception.

What tip surprised you most? Which one had you heard before? Which one will you take to heart and put into practice? How?

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There's the lineup for last week. Let me know what you liked, what you didn't like, and what you'd like to see more of!

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