Monday, June 15, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from June 8-12

5. "Where I Write: Finding Time to Write Wherever You Are" on Scottish Book Trust (Rachelle Atalla)

Link: http://bit.ly/1TmwDUm

Sometimes it's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to writing. The coffee has to be just the right temperature ... the chair must be comfortable and angled in the right direction ... the minute hand on the clock has to have ticked over to a multiple of five. Here's an article that encourages you to find a way to write wherever you are, no matter if you've got your coffee or not.

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4. "How to Use Quizzes and Facebook to Build Your List ... Fast" on ProBlogger (Luke Moulton)

Link: http://bit.ly/1M2rdbZ

You're looking to up your followers count for your blog or website. What's the quickest way to do that with the tools you've already got? How about putting to work your content, which you've already created, and your Facebook page, which most professionals have these days? Think reader engagement galore. Start with this post to find out the specifics!

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3. "Minding Your Pinch Points in Fiction Writing" on A Writer's Path

Link: http://bit.ly/1SgaJjW

Fiction writers talk a lot about turning points in manuscripts and projects. Sometimes it isn't as clear as it could be what we're talking about. What if you call those turning points "pinch points" instead? Here's a new perspective on a familiar topic, and how to put them to best use in your fiction.

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2. "How to Start a Journal (and Keep It Up)" on Journal of Stuff (Janine Alyssa)

Link: http://bit.ly/1IdLzeH

Most writing professionals agree that the key to success in a writing career is to make it a habit. Write every day. Write something every day. One option is to start and maintain a journal. You don't have to write in your chosen genre on a daily basis to build the habit (or you could if you'd like). Check out this post with its excellent guidance for getting a journal going.

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1. "6 Simple Tricks for Building a Strong Writing Habit" on Write to Done (Ali Luke)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Q9lhnm

And in keeping with the previous entry (see #2 above) this article offers six tried-and-true writing tips for how to make and maintain a habit of your writing. Inspiration isn't enough. Even motivation isn't enough. What it comes right down to is sitting down at the computer or with pen and paper, and putting words on a page, day after day after day. Look for wisdom and encouragement here.

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That's the lineup of the best of the best for last week, folks. What did you like? What did you not like? What would you like never to hear about again? What haven't you heard enough of yet? Let me know!

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