Monday, October 26, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from October 19-23

5. "How Being Crazy Productive Can Make Your Blog Go From Meh to Noticeable" on Sylviane Nuccio (Tor Refsland, guest blogger)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Mc5dcN

If gaining a following or building a platform or reaching an audience is important to you, then your blog should reflect those priorities. This post, with in-depth questions, strategies, and actionable steps, is designed to help you improve your blog's purpose and reach.

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4. "How Professional Readers Read for Pleasure" on Literary Hub (Jessica Ferri)

Link: http://bit.ly/1huf1qg

Ever wondered how people who make their living reading --- literary magazine editors, for instance --- maintain their enjoyment of the hobby in their down time? Here's a unique, eye-opening survey of dozens of professional readers and what (or how) they read to refresh their outlook on literature.

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3. "My Top 33 Digital Marketing Blogs" on Listly (Jay Baer)

Link: http://bit.ly/1rITfTN

Who doesn't love an insightful list, especially when it's chock full of timely, applicable information on an up-and-coming topic? Digital marketing is such a popular buzz phrase these days that if you (a) don't know what it is and/or (b) aren't actively participating, you're behind the times. Bring yourself up to date with this article!

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2. "39 Thriller and Suspense Writers Share Writing Advice and Their Favorite Tools and Tips for Writing and Editing" on DIY Author (Chris Well)

Link: http://bit.ly/1hluR6r

Another list ... a banner week! If you write fiction, and especially if you write thrillers, mysteries, or in the action, adventure, or suspense genres, you'll want to check out this article. It comprises a detailed survey of spectacular tips, tricks, and tools for the writing practice and the writing life. Don't miss this one!

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1. "Writing for the Web: 4 Ways to Step Up Your Game as a New Blogger" on The Write Life (Brittni Brown)

Link: http://bit.ly/1NsYsGK

Maybe you're new to the blogging scene. You've written some fiction, a few short stories, or for a newspaper or journal. Trust me when I tell you that blogging isn't the same. Some of the rules apply across the board, of course --- grammar and punctuation still matter, for instance --- but not in every case. If you're just starting out, I encourage you to start here to find out how blogging is different.

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What have you learned since you started blogging? Which writing tip from the thriller authors did you really need to hear this week? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo 2015? With what project?

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