Monday, May 18, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from May 11-15

5. "Agonizing Over Antagonists" on Writer Unboxed (Keith Cronin)

Link: http://bit.ly/1H43oMJ

Antagonists are some of the most challenging characters to draft for your novel. Who would best be able to act as a foil for your protagonist, whether on purpose or coincidentally? Maybe it isn't even a particular person in the story; perhaps it's an organization, or some specific obstacle. Start with this post for excellent tips on creating a worthy antagonist!

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4. "How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan" on Social Media Examiner (Keith Quesenberry)

Link: http://bit.ly/1e2YGb2

Businesses create marketing plans to get the word out about their products or services. Today, those marketing plans often include sections that address social media. Why not create an entire marketing plan just for your social media platforms? It's amazing, the ways you can reach people today. Check out this detailed post for specifics!


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3. "The 7 Tools of Dialogue" on Writer's Digest (James Scott Bell)

Link: http://bit.ly/1KeWcni

Expert author James Scott Bell writes frequently for Writer's Digest's website's blogs. This time around, he presents equally applicable information: guidelines for making your dialogue (whether you're writing fiction or a memoir, or creative nonfiction) as realistic and authentic as possible. Chock full of examples, this post is one you'll want to favorite for future reference!


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2. "How to Find Your Audience Online by @nblackburn01" on Bad Redhead Media

Link: http://bit.ly/1Hpno1O

It's so nice when excellent posts in the same week dovetail on a particular topic. If you're finished reading #4 above, jump to this post next for even more specific tips on which approach works best with each of several forms of social media, from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest and Snapchat.


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1. "5 LinkedIn Mistakes You Need to Avoid" on JeffBullas.com (Alex Pirouz)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Esne6B

Not only does this post include excellent information you might never have heard before about what's wrong with your LinkedIn profile and how to correct it, but also, it contains (scroll to the bottom) an invite to a FREE webinar on how to master using LinkedIn effectively. What's wrong with your profile picture? Why aren't potential employers noticing you? There's always something new to learn!


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BONUS: "How to Rediscover Your Desire for Blogging" on AdrienneSmith.net


Link: http://bit.ly/1KeWHxI

Maybe blogging has become just another chore on your to-do list. You find yourself procrastinating, putting off writing the posts until the last possible second, wondering why you're even bothering. Are you making any headway? Any difference? If that's you, visit this post for patient, thoughtful advice that will help reset your perspective and take a fresh look at your blogging platform.

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I don't usually include a bonus listing in these weekly posts, but sometimes, there's enough material to warrant that extra shout-out! Which resources resounded with you the most this week? Which ones fell flat for you? What current project are you working on?

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