Monday, July 6, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from June 29 - July 3

5. "The Mastery Path: For Writers Who Want to Be Great" on Writer's Digest (Barbara Baig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1JQaYyj

All kinds of people have opinions about how to become a really great writer. Study plot; study character. Write every day. Don't write every day. Read poetry. Meditate. Read short stories. Join a writing group. The suggestions are innumerable. Perhaps what makes this particular post so compelling is its simplicity. What if the way to become a truly great writer is to go all the way back to the basics, and to become a student of words themselves?

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4. "Lessons from 7 Famous Authors Who Hated Their Job" on The Next Web News (Jory MacKay)

Link: http://tnw.co/1KGQVFo

One of the best ways to find perspective and encouragement as a writer is to understand that others have been where you are: rejected, dealing with writers' block, discouraged, out of ideas, feeling criticized. Check out this excellent article and its compilation of wisdom and support from writers just like you.

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3. "Focus on the Writing Life: Feeding Your Creativity" on Writer's Digest (Michael J. Vaughn)

Link: http://bit.ly/1gjx1DV

What does it take to feed your creativity as a writer or a blogger? Pulling words out of thin air and putting them on paper is like God creating the universe ... suddenly, where there was nothing, now there's something. That process takes a ton of energy and imagination. (Hey, even God took the seventh day off to rest.) What do you do to replenish your energy, to restart your creativity day after day, writing session after writing session?

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2. "6 Essentials for Outstanding Brand Journalism" on Ragan.com (Ancita Satija)

Link: http://bit.ly/1KGSjbf

You are your brand. How many times have you heard that in your writing, blogging, freelancing, website design, or entrepreneurial endeavor? What you represent, what you project, is who you are to your clients and audience. It's a huge responsibility. You're the ambassador for what you want to sell or provide. Start with an article like this one for practical tips.

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1. "The Secret Behind Making Me Care About Your Characters" on terribleminds.com (Chuck Wendig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Jupb6Q

It's a privilege to include resources in this weekly post from expert writers like Wendig. His writing style may catch some people off-guard, especially if you're not used to people who take a flame-thrower to the bush instead of wasting time beating around it, but as I've said before, there are few in the industry who know better than he does. In this post, he instructs fiction writers in what it takes to make characters intriguing enough to stick with them.

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That's the lineup for last week. I hope you had an excellent, safe Fourth of July weekend, and that getting back into the swing of things this morning hasn't been too hard!

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