Monday, September 14, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from September 7-11

5. "Black List Writers on the Craft" on Go Into the Story (Scott Myers)

Link: http://bit.ly/1F77Csa

The feedback of others in the writing industry is invaluable. You never know what you'll hear (possibly for the second, third, or thirty-second time) that will jog your memory, rejuvenate your creativity, invigorate your imagination, or give you the million-dollar idea for a new series. In that spirit, check out this compilation of interviews with black list writers on their best writing tips.


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4. "Can Journaling Help You Craft Your Next Personal Essay?" on The Write Life (Amy Paturel)

Link: http://bit.ly/1O92sPc

The personal essay is becoming more and more popular in publications as an opportunity for a writer (freelance or not) to break in. Just look at the "Modern Love" essays in The New York Times. But how do you craft a personal essay to begin with? Perhaps, as this post suggests, you could start with your journal. Most of the best personal essays revisit the absolute depths of the writer's soul.


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3. "9 Productivity-Boosting Gmail Tools (That Are Actually Useful)" on Kikolani.com (David Ly Khim)

Link: http://bit.ly/1ONUOXM

Email eats a huge chunk out of the average day. Think about it ... reading, figuring out how to respond, attaching documents, incorporating links, making sure the links work, compressing files that were too big to send ... Good grief. What if you had tools that enabled you to streamline your time with email? This post gives you an excellent list of resources with which to start.


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2. "How to Write Brilliant Blog Posts: 5 Tips from Psychology" on ProBlogger (Stacey Roberts)

Link: http://bit.ly/1O935bF

You remember psychology class in high school or college, learning about motivation and Maslow's hierarchy of needs and all that. Maybe not all of it has turned out to be useful, but here's an article that details five writing tips taken straight out of psychology and its more universally applicable principles. Apply psychology to blogging and see what happens!


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1. "3 People Every Writer Needs in Their Creative Collective" on Goins, Writer (Todd Henry, guest writer)

Link: http://bit.ly/1MkL4qE

Building a support network is something that a lot of successful people have learned to do to get ahead. You need people to hold you accountable, people to motivate you, people who inspire you to greatness. Why shouldn't it be the same with your writing? Here are three types you need to add to your support network.


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There's the lineup for last week. What do you remember from college or high school psychology class that you've applied to your career? What other types of people do you have in your writing support network? Have you ever submitted a personal essay? If not, what's stopping you?

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