Monday, March 23, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from March 16-20

5. "So Thou Wantst to Write Old-Timey Speech" on PowderRoom.com (St. Ridley Santos)

Link: http://bit.ly/1AYDxDy

Historical fiction is a popular enough genre, but have you ever picked up a work purportedly set in, say, medieval Italy, and found yourself jarred out of the story by a character saying, "Okay"? It only takes one slip-up like that to yank your reader right out of your story world, which is just what you don't want. This post provides excellent (if tongue-in-cheek) information about the differences between "thee," "thou," "thyself," and the rest of those historic words.

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4. "Freelancer Tips: How to Use Social Media to Attract New Clients" on Business 2 Community (Daniel Green)

Link: http://bit.ly/1MV8vE5

You're a freelancer looking to add to your clientele. Where to start? Begin with your basic social media: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Each of those formats needs to be treated differently, though, so have a look at this quick-read post for specific tips.

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3. "2 Secrets to Writing a Story That People Can't Tear Themselves Away From" on io9.com (Charlie Jane Anders)

Link: http://bit.ly/1DAqo9y

What are the two things you need to know and/or remember to keep your readers riveted on your writing? Here's one blogger's stance on the answer. Do you agree, or disagree? Why?

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2. "Text Speak Makes Your Spelling BETTER, Claims Top Linguist Who Says Technology Is Making Teenagers Read More Than Ever" on Daily Mail (Jenny Awford)

Link: http://dailym.ai/19c2weX

Many people I know rant about how "text speak" (the LOL and TTYL acronyms, for instance, that teenagers use today) is ruining teenagers' ability to write ... but this well-known linguist suggests otherwise. A controversial piece, to be sure. On which side of the debate do you land?

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1. "Writing Is a Profane, Irrational, Imperfect Act" on TerribleMinds.com (Chuck Wendig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1bc0vB0

What do you think of when you think about the act of writing, the idea of writing? Something idyllic and beautiful: sunshine pouring in through a window, birds chirping outside, classical music seducing your muse to work, the words flowing from your quill pen onto smooth, perfect parchment paper? How many people know that that ideal is rarely equivalent to reality? This post tells it like it is about writing ... not surprising to hear from Wendig, who has always believed in torching bushes instead of beating around them.

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There's the list from last week. What did you like? What spoke to you? What's your current project? What do you need more of? Inspiration? Prompts? Creativity? Tips?

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