Monday, May 11, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from May 4-8

5. "5 Lessons on Innovation from Outlander's Diana Gabaldon" on Skip Prichard

Link: http://bit.ly/1AMMK1N

Creativity and imagination are crucial ingredients in the world of writing, especially when it comes to fiction. This quick post gives expert writing tips from a bestselling author on failure, focus, and more.

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4. "31 Days of Writing Prompts for May" on The SITS Girls (Tracie Nall)

Link: http://bit.ly/1mRpkDe

Sure, we're nine days in to the month of May, but writers and bloggers can ALWAYS use a little inspiration. These writing prompts will get your muse warmed up and prep you to get into the routine of writing regularly, if you're not already there.

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3. "7 Tips for Selecting Your Domain Name" on Nairaland

Link: http://bit.ly/1IrK2VO

This offering is actually a really brief post (top of the page) in a forum setting, so as you scroll down, you'll see comments from readers. The information in the post, though, is invaluable by itself. We keep hearing about how authors and freelancers need their own domain names; here, finally, is an easy-to-reference guide for how to pick the best.

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2. "17 Life Lessons from Professional Freelancers" on The Next Web (Shannon Bryne)

Link: http://tnw.co/1IrKrYo

Where do you go to find expert advice on the life and world of a freelancer? Start here. This Q&A-style post covers everything from going into freelancing as a career to begin with, to creating a community of fellow professionals with whom to network.

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1. "28 Creative Ideas for Blog Posts [+ Video]" on Mequoda.com (Don Nicholas)

Link: http://bit.ly/1P88dyf

Who couldn't use a few more ideas on what kind of content to publish on his or her blog? This excellent post guides you through creating --- and reusing --- content that will keep your readership coming back, gleaning inspiration and material from magazines, books, videos, podcasts, and much more.

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BONUS: "How to Get More Blog Comments [With Examples]" on Blogging.org

Link: http://bit.ly/1Px6zkD

Publishers, agents, editors, and the like want to see that your blog is a well-lived community. What can you do to generate more reader interaction and commentary, not just to boost your platform numbers (which would be a pretty surface-level goal) but, even more, to build your brand, get your name out as an expert on your chosen topic, and invite readers to trust your integrity and content? Start here!

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There's the lineup for the last week. What did you learn that you hadn't heard before? What did you hear that you've heard before but needed to hear again? What are you sick and tired of hearing about?

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