Monday, February 2, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from January 26-30

5. "Types, Archetypes, and the Occasional Human Being" on (David Corbett)

It's a trick to create unique and interesting characters that keep readers fascinated long enough to finish your book. Here's a down-to-earth article on character roles and whether fulfilling a role is enough to differentiate one character from another.

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4. "How to Connect with Influential Bloggers" on

There's something to be said for making sure that you're as connected as possible with the most influential experts in your particular field. This article has practical tips (consider whether the experts still active in social media, for instance) to apply in your search for contacts.

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3. "6 Social Media Tips From an Air Force General" on (John Egan)

Nothing says the United States military is lax or halfway in its accomplishments and undertakings. Its personnel share a determined, committed mindset. Find out how an Air Force general undertakes social media for best results.

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2. "Should You Avoid Topical Issues In Your Writing?" on Fiction University (Paul Anthony Shortt)

A lot of writers wonder about how to infuse their writing with issues, whether contemporary or historical, depending on the genre of the work. If you start out with a topic --- say, politics, or religion, or something even narrower like civil rights --- and write your book out of that, do you risk being "preachy"? If you write a work without a topic as its undergirding, will the work be mere fluff? This post explores both sides of the question.

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1. "30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days" on The Writer's Dig at (Jessica Strawser)

National Novel Writing Month is November every year, but the NaNoWriMo team also offers "camp" versions of the main event. Those are held in April and July, respectively. April's right around the corner. Consider committing to writing a 50,000-word novel (or screenplay, or poetry chapbook ... whatever's on your mind) for Camp NaNoWriMo in April this year. Start with this excellent article, packed with practical expert tips and encouragement!

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There's the lineup for last week. Let me know what you liked, what you didn't like, what resonated, and what you're sick of hearing about.

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