Monday, March 2, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from February 23-27

5. "Three Quick Tips for Creative Thinking" on Virgin.com (Richard Newton)

Link: http://bit.ly/1DhWhlf

Creativity sometimes feels elusive, like you're always waiting for the muse to bother to show up and inspire you. Want a few ways to pursue creativity and inspiration yourself? Deliberately refuse your usual routines and patterns, for starters.

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4. "Why You Need More Art in Your Life (and Five Ways to Get It)" on MichaelHyatt.com

Link: http://bit.ly/1ymbG3S

Art can be an amorphous concept. You look at something and see art; I look at it and see nothing resembling my idea of art. On the other hand, if art as a concept can be broken down further into categorizations like beauty, meaning, depth, evocation ... Check out this post for a semi-philosophical perspective.

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3. "Does Boredom Lead to Great Ideas?" on Virgin.com (Natalie Clarkson)

Link: http://bit.ly/1AR8VHp

You feel bored, so you ... create something? If the concept sounds contrary or like a ridiculous dichotomy, peruse this article to find out how a researcher (whose specialty is boredom --- ponder that for a minute!) conducted studies enough to realize that maybe a dose of boredom is just what our imaginations need!

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2. "5 Ways to Make Your Blogging Life Easier" on ProBlogger (Stacey Roberts)

Link: http://bit.ly/1DedfCH

So little time, so much to do to maintain your online presence and/or platform, right? Who among us can't say the same thing? I've often wished for days to be thirty-six hours long instead of the usual twenty-four, just so I can spend ten straight hours sleeping (that's about as outlandish as my fantasies get) and the other twenty-six hours actually getting everything done. This post provides quick, down-to-earth steps you can take to make blogging one less time-consuming item on your to-do list.

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1. "What Your Editor's Notes Really Mean" on 101 Books

Link: http://bit.ly/1B3FXmy

You send your manuscript or project off to an editor and receive it back plastered with comments, questions, and scribbled remarks in the margins. Ever wondered what all that feedback actually means? In this tongue-in-cheek post that will have you entertained from the first sentence, you'll learn the "real" subtexts behind editors' most common comments. Brace yourself!

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That's the lineup for the last week. Let me know what you loved, what you hated, what you could have done without, and what you wanted to read about some more.

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