Monday, October 5, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from September 28 - October 2

5. "How to Create a Winning Blog Content Strategy" on markitwrite.com (Gary Smith)

Link: http://bit.ly/1iPU0rz

If you've got a business but you don't have a blog, you may be in jeopardy. So many people are online nowadays that if you don't have a presence there, you could be overlooked. Check out this insightful post to find out more about how to develop a plan of attack for your online presence.

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4. "5 Ways to Stop Consuming and Start Producing" on Addicted 2 Success (Melissa Chu)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PiE5ft

We live in a society of consumerism --- few of us would dispute that point. What needs to become obvious to us, though, is that a lot of fields require production instead of consumption. Think creativity, which demands production, or blogging, marketing, artistry: all fields that need to move away from consumerism. Find out how to do that here.

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3. "Why Women Love to Read About Crime" on nymag.com (Megan Abbott)

Link: http://thecut.io/1Os9I8i

Think Gone Girl and Girl on a Train, both major recent successes in the literary world of crime and thriller fiction. What makes those books so appealing ... and mostly, to women? It can't just be that the works are incisively entertaining, for many books in other genres are. What's the difference? Abbott discusses that topic here. Perhaps you should try your hand at crime fiction!

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2. "On Writing and Breakthroughs: 5 Tips to Achieve Your Goals" on Love Life Surf

Link: http://bit.ly/1PdZRDc

Sometimes all it takes to achieve success yourself is taking time to read how others came about theirs. There's something eye-opening about the processes and steps others have taken to achieve their goals. This excellent post not only provides applicable tips on how to do just that, whether it be writing your novel or seeing it published or picking up another freelance client, but also includes first-hand experience from someone who's been there.

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1. "Elizabeth Gilbert on the Link Between Creativity and Curiosity" on nymag.com (Melissa Dahl)

Link: http://sciof.us/1LTpPGF

What makes you creative? Is it something you're passionate about, as the saying goes? Or is it something more than that, maybe something often overlooked but no less elemental than, say, life itself? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the famed Eat, Pray, Love, has a new book out, and it will certainly set you thinking about where your creativity comes from. Visit the link to read an in-depth interview with the author herself.

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You've had the lineup for last week. What did you learn? What did you already know? What are you sick of hearing about? What incites you to creativity? 

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