Monday, July 20, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Posts from July 13-17

5. "How Do I Become ... a Literary Agent" on The Guardian (Sandra Haurant)

Link: http://bit.ly/1T6hky1

Fascinated by the literary community and the publishing industry? Find out here what you can learn about literary agents and the process by which they become professionals. For instance, did you know that many literary agents start out as authors, themselves? No wonder they can sympathize!

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4. "Reducing Your Guilt About Not Being Productive" on Psych Central (Margarita Tartakovsky)

Link: http://bit.ly/1gwPugr

In today's go-go-go society, everyone worries about productivity, and how to get more done, which means multitasking at the best, and cutting corners at the worst. Perhaps, then, this article will catch you by surprise, with its purpose being to remind you why it's okay that you haven't crossed every single thing off your to-do list today.

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3. "5 Effective Twitter Tools That Will Make You a B2B Social Media Marketing Pro" on Business 2 Community (Sarah Greesonbach)

Link: http://bit.ly/1R3W6TE

Twitter isn't just a good way to keep in touch with your platform audience or community. These days, this social medium is finding another niche in the world of business. Read on to find out how your business savvy can be improved with just a few Twitter resources.

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2. "6 Steps to Content Marketing Domination" on Content Marketing Institute (Joe Pulizzi)

Link: http://bit.ly/1O3rUlS

In today's online world, it's all about content. It's no longer enough to post or tweet several times a day to keep in touch with your followers. Instead, you have to make sure that what you're posting and tweeting is worth their while. How to do that? Start here.

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1. "This Neuroscientist Says Deadline Crush Your Creativity" on Science of Us (Melissa Dahl)

Link: http://sciof.us/1Sw32V3

Last week, I cited this excellent post from a writer who holds that creativity can be encouraged with enough constraints. A deadline is a stellar example of such a constraint. But here, this week, is a quick read contending that deadlines actually stymie creativity. Who's right?

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And that's the lineup for last week. What Twitter tools do you use to ensure success? How do you reach your followers with excellent content? Do deadlines inspire or destroy creativity? What's a job in the literary community you've always wondered about?

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