Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from June 1-5

5. "How to Make a No-Stress Transition from Full-Time Job to Freelancing" on Levo.com

Link: http://bit.ly/1MFXdmF

You've decided you'd rather work for yourself than anybody else, at least in a literal sense. Congratulations! ... Now what do you do? Start with this amazing article, almost a checklist, of things to take into consideration and do before you quit your job and start up as a freelancer.

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4. "Keys to Writing the Best Headline Ever" on Ragan's PR Daily (Janice Cuban)

Link: http://bit.ly/1FHsL6W

If you're not in journalism, you may not think about writing headlines, but do you title your stories, poems, or articles? What about your blog posts? Suddenly, perhaps you do a lot more headline-writing than you think. This post lays out expert guidance for making your output attention-grabbing.

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3. "The New Scrabble Dictionary Is Freaking Out Traditionalists" on The Washington Post (Sarah Kaplan)

Link: http://wapo.st/1HDvML3

Why is there an article in my top five this week about a board game? Because I'm a word person, like (I hope) most writers and freelancers. And the debate fascinates me. Check out the article, and revisit here for discussion. Do you land with the traditionalists, who are really upset that we're allowing the modern "thanx" in today's Scrabble games because it's become a commonly used form (in some circles) of "thanks"? Or are you excited to see how culture has evolved and to what extent those changes are being integrated?

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2. "Blogging and Photography: My Top Ten Tips" on 2Summers.net

Link: http://bit.ly/1QmkXli

Blogging is a fun activity, but a lot of people who browse online today are looking for more than "fun" ... they want information, useful content they can put into action or do something about, or learn from. And a lot of times what attracts someone's attention the quickest to your blog are the images. This excellent post gives you the low-down on top tips for using pictures in your blog posts.

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1. "8 Non-Obvious Tips to Promote Your Content" on Content Marketing Institute (Arnie Kuenn)

Link: http://bit.ly/1GbZJQE

When you have content to promote from your website or blog, the popular advice is also the most overdone: talk up that content on every other social media platform known to man, which theoretically will net you more interest. Often, that happens. But what if you're missing other excellent networking opportunities to reach potential readers? Read this expert post to find out where else you can be promoting yourself!

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BONUS: "Your Most Frequently Asked Writing Questions, Answered!" on terribleminds.com (Chuck Wendig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1GZFTc6

Honestly, I could mention a post by Chuck Wendig in my top five every single week. He's just that good at what he does (despite, according to the aforementioned Q&A post, appearing determined that he doesn't do branding or platform). He's so down-to-earth and irreverent about the whole process, and perhaps that tone is what makes him so approachable and easy to understand. At any rate, if you've got writing questions, he's got the answers!

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And there's the lineup for last week, along with my apologies for having "gone dark" and not posted. Explanation about that is next, but I wanted to get this post up for my readers. Have an excellent week!

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