Monday, June 1, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from May 25-29

5. "How Design Impacts Blog Readership" on Pro Blogger (Damion Wasylow)

Link: http://bit.ly/1cCXaeE

The design of your blog will have an effect on your readers, and on whether your readers stick around and keep clicking to check out other articles and resources you have available. How do you know what to change about your blog to make it the most reader-friendly possible? Start with this post.

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4. "How to Talk to a Writer" on the Chronicle of Higher Education (Rachel Toor)

Link: http://bit.ly/1FiPPfv

You've read all the articles about what not to say to someone who's just lost a family member, or who has just lost his or her job. Now, finally, here's an intuitive, thoughtful perspective on what not to say to a writer. We don't want to hear someone ask when we'll be done with our project, or be bugged when we're in the middle of writing time. Find out what else writers don't want to hear about!

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3. "How to Regain Creative Motivation After You've Burned Out" on MakeUseOf.com (Dann Albright)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Jc2qnE

Burn-out isn't just something writers face (for us, it's called writer's block). All creative types run the risk of getting burned out, running out of motivation, being unable to concentrate or imagine. Here are five ways to approach your creative burnout and what to do to get your creativity to spark again!

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2. "Four Blogging Tools to Make Your Content Go Further" on Pro Blogger (Chris Crawfurd)

Link: http://bit.ly/1At0Zy4

You write a post on your blog, publish it ... and then it just sits there for a while, unless you then turn around and market the post yourself on Twitter or via Klout or another scheduling site. Sure, you have to do some of that to get the word out, but maybe there are easier ways. This blog post promises easier, in the form of four applications that will definitely help your content go further.

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1. "How to Secure a Traditional Book Deal by Self-Publishing" on Writer Unboxed (Jane Friedman)

Link: http://bit.ly/1erNkh2

The title of this post is somewhat misleading, but the content is spectacular, as is everything industry expert Jane Friedman. She relates five different criteria an author might meet to realize that self-publishing could be the best route for his or her work. If a traditional publisher takes interest once it's been successfully self-published, so much the better, but at least the message would be out there.

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And that's the lineup for the last week in the writing world. Which article was most helpful to you where you're at? What are you working on, and what would you like to hear more about?

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