Monday, August 24, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from August 17-21

5. "Using Beta Readers to Help You Write Your Best Novel" on Live Write Thrive (C.S. Lakin)

Link: http://bit.ly/1HSmqFw

Writing industry terminology stays pretty consistent from one recommendation and piece of advice to the next, but beta readers aren't always the most commonly employed tools in the writer's toolbox. This post contends, though, that perhaps, they should be. Find out why!



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4. "New Story Ideas Distracting You From Your Book? Find Out What You Should Do" on Helping Writers Become Authors (K.M. Weiland)

Link: http://bit.ly/1JbG5Bf

You're in the middle of writing your novel ... and something catches your attention, makes you start thinking about a whole other set of characters or plot line. Now you have an ongoing project and a story idea, or two, or three, or more. What should you do? Abandon the current project in favor of the one that is currently weighing on your mind? If not, how do you remember the idea you had so that when your current project is done, you can get back to it and still find that inspiration spark? This excellent article has the answers.



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3. "How to Jump-Start a Stuck Project" on Michael Hyatt

Link: http://bit.ly/1I3K3Lx

Ever been unable to make headway on a project you know needs to get done? The story idea has been percolating long enough; you just have to put words on a page. Or you're contracted to produce content for a website or blog, and you just can't quite get started. If that's you, you're not the only one in that position. Read this article from an industry expert to find out how to combat that slump.



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2. "Seven Top Tips That Writing Tutors Will Never Tell You" on Writers' Village (John Yeoman)

Link: http://bit.ly/1E9xm6V

If you knew you could spend twenty minutes learning everything that writing coaches and tutors know but rarely share, you'd jump at the chance without hesitation. Well, here's your chance, because this post is packed with insight and insider secrets on subjects from managing expectations to examining your motivation to writing your novel ... out of order?



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1. "Broken, Not Bitter. An Author's Life with Repetitive Strain Injuries" on The Creative Penn (Joanna Penn)

Link: http://bit.ly/1U1Vbzo

I knew I couldn't be the only one whose devotion to writing as both profession and passion has resulted in my accruing a number of physical ailments associated with strain, repetitive motion, and a lifestyle far more sedentary than is ideal. Good news: I'm not the only one. Here's a brutally honest, eye-opening post from a writer equally afflicted, with her recommendations for how to compensate for your limitations. Anyone else with us?



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There's the lineup for last week, with more fiction resources than I've cited for a while. Time to change things up a little!

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