Monday, July 13, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from July 6-10

5. "How Social Media Is Becoming a Way to Spur Transparency at Workplace" on The Economic Times (Varuni Khosla)

Link: http://bit.ly/1KmaRMf

Ever imagine that companies would embrace rather than spurn or forbid social media? Check out this refreshing article on several corporations doing just that ... allowing and even encouraging social media involvement and use both to appeal to younger workers and to dissolve the usual hierarchy that has historically kept the CEO and the floor manager light-years apart.

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4. "Help Others, Help Yourself - On Being a Book Club Member" on Archer's Aim (P. H. Solomon)

Link: http://bit.ly/1US38KL

Book clubs are great opportunities for authors to build community, gain encouragement and inspiration, stay up-to-date on the craft and the newest writing techniques, survey a wide array of genres possibly beyond their own chosen niche, keep reading, and even do some promotion. This post provides valuable insight into one writer's book club participation and what others can do to be as effective.

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3. "3 Common Author Platform Mistakes - Plus How to Fix Them" on the Writer's Digest Guide to Literary Agents blog by Chuck Sambuchino (guest post by literary agent Maria Ribas)

Link: http://bit.ly/1HSTzaL

As a writer, you're actively building your author platform, and like many of us, you'll probably assume you're doing all the right things until someone tells you otherwise. Think of this excellent post as just that: an industry professional sounding the warning about these three common errors so you can make your platform the best it can be.

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2. "Creative Constraints in Writing" on R.S. Mollison-Read

Link: http://bit.ly/1fAK57H

Perhaps I should begin to indicate, if it hasn't already become obvious, that this weekly post sometimes highlights articles or blog posts that were published prior to the last week. When I do so, though, it's because the post or article has such memorable and useful content that it's still being touted on social media, and I can't ignore that.

Which is why, this week, I've included Rachael's compelling and well-argued perspective on what putting some limits on yourself can do for your creativity. Think about it: stare at the blank page with a blank mind, and it's rare that something comes to you. Start with (as one method) a writing prompt ("Include these three words somewhere in your story ...") and often, creativity will spark from those boundaries. Try it!

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1. "7 Things I've Learned So Far" on the Writer's Digest There Are No Rules blog by Brian A. Klems (guest post by author Stephanie Feldman)

Link: http://bit.ly/1HXMILa

I know I've said it before, and will say it again: there's so much to be learned from professionals in the industry that I'm always thrilled to be able to include an author interview or guest post in this weekly list. Today's published professional is Stephanie Feldman, author of The Angel of Losses, and her advice --- from writing what you want to know to why writing is never easy --- is as applicable to new authors as it is to previously published ones.

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And that's the lineup for last week. What professional authors do you follow? What book club are you a member of? What do you think about Google encouraging social media use in its work force?

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