Monday, April 27, 2015

The Top Five: Writing-Related Articles from April 20-24

5. "9 Things That Happen When You Read" on Psychology Today (Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Igu4y2

Have you ever stopped to think about how the words you write impact your readers? And don't just think generalizations --- "Readers are entertained by my novel" --- but really analyze in specifics. What, precisely, happens when readers pick up a book? And how can you use that knowledge to your advantage? Find out in this post.

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4. "All the Young Dudes: Generic Gender Terms Among Young Women" on JSTOR Daily (Chi Luu)

Link: http://bit.ly/1OdZEfr

Here's a fascinating article on the rise of what have become essentially "gender neutral" terms across the board, regardless of the actual gender being addressed. The post is well-researched and detailed, and would appeal to linguists and word people alike.

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3. "14 Reasons We Love List Articles" on Lit Reactor (Robbie Blair)

Link: http://bit.ly/1OwNWSx

Again, don't read this post from the stance of a reader and why you enjoy reading list articles online. Instead, view the content as an analyst, someone learning what your readers appreciate about list articles. See if you can incorporate more of them into your blogging or freelancing or other platform.

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2. "The Challenges of Writing 'I': How Do You Become Competent at First-Person Writing?" on The Chronicle of Higher Education (Rachel Toor)

Link: http://bit.ly/1z7agew

What's different about writing a personal essay or other offering in the first person point-of-view (POV) than in, say, third person? This article contends that the differences --- in tone, style, and more --- go beyond swapping out pronouns ("I" for "he/she," for example) ... indeed, that there is much more to first-person writing than meets the eye.

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1. "21 Places to Find Blogging Jobs: An Essential Resource for Freelance Bloggers" on The Write Life (Heather van der Hoop)

Link: http://bit.ly/1OwOBUd

Freelancers and bloggers (heck, authors too) know well the phenomenon of "feast or famine" ... either you have a ton of work, or absolutely none. For those stuck in a slump, or those who are looking to expand their current income, this post is absolutely invaluable in providing resources for finding job opportunities.

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That's the lineup for last week. What worked for you? What didn't work for you? What did you enjoy? What are you tired of hearing about? What are you working on?

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