Monday, March 9, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from March 2-6

5. "A Field Guide to the World's Most Distinctive English Regionalisms" on io9.com (Ria Misra)


An intriguing compilation, via enthusiastic write-ins, of some of the most well-known (and the least-known) words and phrases used in various parts of the English-speaking world. It's amazing what you'll find yourself saying!

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4. "3 Toxic Habits That Will Cripple Your Productivity" on SkipPrichard.com (Thai Nguyen)


What keeps you from being productive? Do you know? (No, "busy-ness" doesn't count.) And if you can put your finger on it, are you sure that's the root cause? Check out this post, with three unexpected but entirely true things you might be too devoted to for the good of your ability to focus.

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3. "The Little Known Financial Side Benefits of Being a Freelancer" on Block Talk (David Ning)


A lot of people focus on the negative aspects of finances for freelancers, like feast-or-famine syndrome, or what to charge, or how to deal with clients who refuse to pay for the services you've rendered. Here's a post that flips the scene and gives you a more positive spin on what to expect.

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2. "How to Write an Irresistible Headline" on Convince & Convert (Pratik Dholakiya)


An old journalism adage counsels newbies that "if it bleeds, it leads," meaning that if the story is gory enough, it'll make front-page placement in the news. What about the headlines (titles) for your blog posts or online articles, though? If you're not writing about bloodshed, is there hope? Peruse this post to find out.

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1. "9 Steps to End Procrastination" on SkipPrichard.com


Short and sweet is the name of the game. This post combines a quick snapshot list of reasons why we tend to procrastinate and follows it up with an equally quick list designed to help you do a one-eighty and start getting more done.

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And that's the lineup for last week. What resonated with you most? What's your writing routine like? How do you beat procrastination? What's the best (in your opinion) headline (or blog post title) you've ever written?

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