Monday, November 16, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from November 9-13

5. "6 Ways Work Will Change in 2016" on Fast Company (Jared Lindzon)

Link: http://bit.ly/1HrPsTc

Do you know what work will look like in 2016? And, most importantly, do you know how those changes will affect you? Whether writer, freelancer, blogger, or beyond, you need to be prepared for how the work place and the work force will change in the coming months. Suddenly, mainstream may look more like remote workers, independent contractors, and the like. Are you ready?

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4. "Ten Top Tips for Writing a Novel" on Open.edu (Sally O'Reilly)

Link: http://bit.ly/1kdfGii

How about some unexpected writing tips for getting the novel in you ... on paper? With NaNoWriMo more than underway this month, I expect writers could use an extra dose of inspiration and motivation. Have you ever thought about getting a cat? Or what impact your diet could have on your productivity?

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3. "Keep Your Plot Threads Under Control" on The Writer (Erika Mailman)

Link: http://bit.ly/1WHsMQl

You've got a novel in the works, perhaps for NaNoWriMo. How many different plot threads does it take to pull together a complex, intriguing novel that keeps the reader's attention? The Writer magazine has an article on just that very topic: how to keep track of your plot threads and make sure they don't get so tangled up that you've got a hopeless mess instead of a well-written read at the conclusion.

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2. "8 Reasons Why Narrowing Your Blogging Niche Is SO Important" on Blogelina

Link: http://bit.ly/1MP7bjp

Sure, you can always blog about anything under the sun, and people will probably read it, if they can find you. You can even blog about everything related to one topic, like writing, or books, or marketing. But if you establish your focus in a much more narrow niche --- like a blog about writing romance novels, or a blog about marketing with LinkedIn, or a blog about contemporary haiku --- you may be doing yourself a far bigger favor. Check out this article to learn more.

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1. "This Tool Unlocks Your Writing Flow By Killing Your Inner Editor" on Make Use Of (Dave LeClair)

Link: http://bit.ly/1O94tJ6

The clock ticks away, one day at a time, on the NaNoWriMo challenge. You've committed to writing 50,000 words this month. (What were you thinking, again?) How do you make your inner critic shut up long enough to churn out 1,667 words a day? I just discovered this tool for upping your word count without letting your inner editor comment. Check it out!

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How is NaNoWriMo going for you? What's the most unusual thing you do that ups your creativity and inspiration to write? Which 2016 work change will affect you most, and are you prepared for it? How could you narrow your blog niche even just a fraction more?

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