Monday, September 21, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from September 14-18

5. "Ten Twitter Hacks for Bloggers" on A Little Bit of Life (Julie Cohn)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Fn7OUr

Hacks are everywhere today: hacks to be productive, hacks to stay focused and motivated, hacks to cook faster meals and get places faster and be prepared for everything from a nuclear attack to a new baby. How about hacks for bloggers, specifically about Twitter? Do you know as much about Twitter as you should? And what should you do with that knowledge? Find out here.


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4. "WordPress: 10 Creative Add-Ons" on Listly (Soumya Nair)

Link: http://bit.ly/1KAWYdE

A lot of people use WordPress for blogs and websites alike. I'm not one of them (yet) but may be moving in that direction eventually. Everyone who likes WordPress, though, loves it passionately ... no middling opinions here, which means that posts like these proliferate on what you can do to improve and get the most out of your WordPress account. This list, though, is very thorough, and worth a look.


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3. "21 Pieces of Advice from Stephen King" on Time.com (Maggie Zhang)

Link: http://ti.me/1MyZYto

Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the most famous writers in the world, known to almost every household and certainly to everyone who likes horror or fantasy or, simply, well-written fiction. His writing tips are practical, down-to-earth, and easy to put into practice. Don't hesitate to take ten minutes out of your day with a cup of coffee and read through!


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2. "Super Niching: The Dirty Little Secret of Successful Bloggers Everywhere" on ProBlogger (Michaela Clark, guest blogger)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Mz004v

You can blog about everything in the world, or you can blog about a narrower field of things, or you can blog ... really, really well ... about a single topic. That's "super niching," when you narrow your field of interest to such an extent that your personal brand is pretty much defined for you: you're the woman who blogs not just about literary magazines but about literary magazines that publish poetry ... or the man who blogs not just about real estate but about real estate in downtown Denver, Colorado. You might benefit from narrowing your blog's focus right down. Think about it.


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1. "10 Tech Tools for Writers" on Publishers Weekly (Amy Stewart)

Link: http://bit.ly/1QPNKez

Everybody loves technology. Or hates it. Again, no middle ground (see #4 above). If you're a writer, unless you go old-school and long-hand with No. 2 pencils and moleskin notebooks (which is fine, no judgment here!) then you're probably familiar with technology to some extent. Do you know, in fact, how many forms of technology exist out there designed to make your life easier? Here are ten excellent tools for writers that you'll really, really want to add to your routines.


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BONUS: "Five Myths About William Shakespeare" on The Washington Post (Ari Friedlander)


Link: http://wapo.st/1WaToeo

Just for the sake of entertainment, how much do you actually know about William Shakespeare? How often were you exposed to him, aside from in high school when you (along with everybody else) had to slog through (or were excited to experience!) MacBeth or Hamlet? Check out this list of five common myths about the Bard, and see how many of them you've believed up until now.

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What weird thing do you know about Shakespeare, or about another well-known writer, that others might not know? What's your favorite WordPress add-on? What tech tools do you reach for automatically to help with your writing?

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