Monday, October 12, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from October 5-9

5. "Successful Freelance Writing and Confidence for Writers with Carol Tice" on The Creative Penn (Joanna Penn)

Link: http://bit.ly/1j8ZSwc

An in-depth interview with a renowned figure in the writing world is always a great way to gain insights into the writing life, inspiration, motivation, and more. Freelance writer Carol Tice has a lot of guidance for those who would follow in her footsteps.

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4. "13 Web Tools to Help Improve Your Blog" on Business 2 Community (Luana Spinetti)

Link: http://bit.ly/1ZsFfeX

A lot of tools and add-ons for blogs and websites are costly. Worthwhile, perhaps, but nevertheless, it's always nice to find a lengthy, well-researched list of resources that happen to be free in addition to helpful. That's what you'll find here to make your blog the best it can be.

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3. "3-Step Action Plan With Worksheets for 2 Months of Blog Posts" on Content Marketing Institute (Roger C. Parker)

Link: http://bit.ly/1O51KTB

I don't know about you, but as a visual person, I really appreciate it when articles about blogging and writing include printable resources like worksheets. To some, the word might hearken back to grade school when you had to finish filling out thirty multiplication problems before you got to go play, but if you can manage to move beyond the bad memories, I guarantee you'll almost always find something helpful in a worksheet that you can apply today. For help with your blog, start here.

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2. "From Books to eBooks and Back: The Future of Literary Consumption Is Unwritten" on FlavorWire.com (Jonathan Sturgeon)

Link: http://bit.ly/1LZEAb4

Actual paper pages or electronic ones? Kindle, Nook, or a book in your hand? Wherever you fall in the lineup, consider the fact (as a writer) that your readers may have different preferences, and think about catering accordingly ... especially with the surprising news that e-books aren't necessarily the most popular medium anymore. Learn more here.

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1. "NaNoWriMo Prep: 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days" on The Writer's Dig at WritersDigest.com (Jessica Strawser, guest post)

Link: http://bit.ly/1OkRWVA

October is the month to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. If you think you've got a book in you, then I urge you to join the online community and make the commitment. Fifty thousand words in thirty days is possible ... the thousands of winners who've competed since the organization's inception attest to that fact. For expert advice as you walk up to the starting line in the next few weeks, check out this article from Writer's Digest.

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Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are you committing to write? Are you an e-book person or a real book person, or some of both? (No judgment here!) Let us know!

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