Monday, November 2, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from October 26-30

5. "7 Sentences That Sound Crazy But Are Still Grammatical" on Mental Floss (Arika Okrent)

Link: http://bit.ly/1g8yJjH

Does grammar drive you crazy? Do you find yourself constantly correcting the use of words like "less" and "fewer" in conversation? If so, you'll find this post intriguing, and either entertaining or hideously frustrating. (Three guesses which category I belong to.) Some of these sentences require more than one reading. Some required more than six readings for me. And you?

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4. "Yes, Freelancers Can Get Health Insurance: 12 Viable Options" on Make a Living Writing (Carol Tice)

Link: http://bit.ly/1LuVQ8F

Everybody who freelances or is self-employed will agree that there are pros and cons to that kind of life. One of the cons is often listed as the lack of benefits like insurance. And yet, it isn't impossible to accrue many of the same benefits yourself. Check out this insightful post on how to get yourself health insurance as a freelancer.

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3. "10 Ways to Survive As a Creative" on Creative Bloq (Tammy Coron)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Px2IbJ

Creative people tend to be mercurial, emotional, intense, artistic in more than one way, intuitive, and imaginative. Sometimes, those characteristics leave us vulnerable in a fast-paced, STEM-oriented world (not that creatives can't also be gifted in STEM). What can you do for yourself to survive as a creative personality today? Start with the ideas in this post.

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2. "NaNo Coach: 7 Essential Questions for Your Characters" on The NaNoWriMo Blog (Randy Ribay)

Link: http://bit.ly/1M3c38w

Yesterday was the first official day of NaNoWriMo 2015! Participants are hard at work, and the NaNoWriMo community, including a slew of gifted writing professionals titled "coaches" for the duration of the month, are offering up their insight. Spend a few minutes with this post's guidance to hash out the basics of your character. Who's driving your story?

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1. "5 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Punch Procrastination in the Face" on Purcus (Elna Cain)

Link: http://bit.ly/1MtwS9u

Even with NaNoWriMo underway, it's not too late to look at your work ethic and tendencies. Be honest: How much do you struggle with procrastination? What have you tried to remedy that hang-up? This article gives you expert advice from an industry pro on how to get writing even when you don't quite know where to start.

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How was your first day of NaNoWriMo? What are you doing to motivate yourself? Do you see yourself as a creative personality? How do you survive in an analytical world?

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