Monday, November 30, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from November 23-27

5. "11 Websites That Pay Freelance Writers" on Work Awesome (Lynn Foster)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Teuecb

If you work as a blogger or freelancer (or both) then I invite you to visit this post for a detailed list of eleven different submission opportunities ... and these places pay. Not all of them do. And while a byline and shout-out is nice, the extra income might be even nicer with the holidays looming.

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4. "7 Productivity Tools to Help You Manage Your Freelance Writing Time" on The Write Life (Meryl Williams)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Iqppac

Now that you've got those eleven new submission opportunities (see #5 above) you'll need to find time in your schedule to write the article. Do you know where all of your time goes every day? (I sure don't.) Check out this list of tools that will definitely shed some light on how to spend the 86,400 seconds you have every day.

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3. "6 Ways to Stay Creative as a Writer (When You're a Parent)" on The Writer's Dig blog at Writer's Digest (Lisa Lepki, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1LFLdhT

Being a parent can sometimes feel like running from one crisis to another. You're bailing water, smothering flames, wiping up crumbs ... or maybe all three. When all of that everyday stuff gets in the way of your creativity, you sit down at your desk exhausted and dried up. Good news: you're not the only parent in this position. Here's a post by a mom and writer who speaks words of wisdom from long experience.

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2. "How to Level Up Your Writing Habit" on The Write Practice (Emily Wenstrom)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Hjc4p3

If you play or have ever played video games or computer games, you're familiar with the idea of "leveling up." You start a new game, and you're at level one, the bottom rung. You pass all the tests, defeat the gargoyles, and puzzle out the encrypted codes, and then you're on to level two. But you couldn't have gotten to level two without mastering level one first. What if it's the same way with your writing habit? Read this post for excellent advice.

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1. "Free Advice for Writers" on The Kill Zone (Joe Moore)

Link: http://bit.ly/1MLxudn

So you're a writer. You put words on a page, day after day, and revise them once, twice, again and again. Sometimes it's easy to get complacent. Here's a fabulous collection of expert writing tips from the best of the best in the industry. They're great reminders of what you probably know to be true ... but, hey, it never hurts to be reminded.

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What's the best writing advice you've ever received? What writing advice do you need to be reminded about?

At what "level" is your writing habit? What are you going to do to take it to the next level this week?

How productive are you? When are you most productive? What's your favorite method of staying on task?

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