Monday, April 20, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from April 13-17

5. "What Kids Have Taught Me About Writing" on Writer Unboxed (Kathleen McCleary)

Link: http://bit.ly/1H44woE

"Out of the mouths of babes" ... There's something to be said for the way children look at and interact with the world: an outlook full of curiosity, creativity, imagination, and wonder. What if you looked at and approached your writing the same way? What could you accomplish?

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4. "Top Takeaways from ProBlogger Perth Training Event: Content, Blog Design, Social Media, Productivity, and Monetization" on ProBlogger

Link: http://bit.ly/1HIr79p

Find the latest and most up-to-date tips and recommendations for your blog and/or website here. ProBlogger is an undisputed leader in the industry, and it's easy to see why: this post is packed with quick tips, insight, and guidance for improving many aspects of your online presence.

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3. "7 Pieces of Tech That Will Make You More Productive" on Contently.com (Shelby Deering)

Link: http://bit.ly/1DAlpTO

Attention, bloggers, writers, and freelancers ... if you're looking for apps and other easy-to-use technology to improve your productivity in your writing or your social media usage, you'll appreciate this post with its recommendations.

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2. "7 Ways to Reignite Your Creative Spark" on PR Daily (John Lanyon)

Link: http://bit.ly/1bctdkX

How do you break out of writer's block? What happens when your creativity dries up and your muse goes AWOL? Here are seven fresh ways, ranging from changing your environment to exercise (really? yes, really!), to get your imagination sparking again.

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1. "3 Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging" on Indie Reader (Rachel Thompson)

Link: http://bit.ly/1ytbo6E

Maybe you're new to the idea of an author platform. Maybe you've been doing it for a while, but you're into Facebook and Twitter, and there just doesn't seem to be time to devote to anything else. Maybe you're overwhelmed by all the different means of building a platform, and you don't want to start something new. Give this post a read-through before you give up on the idea of blogging. It's truly one of the most useful means with which to reach readers.

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BONUS: "Value of the Creative Writing Degree Defended at the Comic-Con of MFAs" on The Guardian (Joanna Scutts)

Link: http://bit.ly/1cEkFnX

There's been a debate raging for quite some time about whether MFA degrees are worthwhile or worthless, and the answers on both sides of the argument present valid stances. Here's yet another article that approaches the topic through the lens of the recent Comic-Con. Where do you stand?

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There's the lineup for last week in helpful articles. What caught your attention? What did I miss from other blogs and writers around the web?

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