Monday, November 9, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from November 2-6

5. "Actions Speak Louder Than Dialog Tags: Using Beats in Writing" on Live Write Thrive (Rachel Starr Thomson)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PfnEnC

Dialogue befuddles the most expert among writers. In fact, there might be more writing tips out there about dialogue than most other fiction topics. This post provides an in-depth look into the use of action beats in dialogue, which is frequently preferable (according to some industry professionals) to using adverbs or a myriad attributions.

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4. "50,000 Words (Plus Our Tips) for NaNoWriMo" on WriterMag.com (Meredith Quinn)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PjTsrp

The Writer is a wonderful magazine for those who aspire to publish fiction, poetry, screenplays, nonfiction, personal essays, and more. To add to its extensive resources, this year they're participating in NaNoWriMo, offering writing prompts and tips on a daily basis throughout the month of November.

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3. "Building Buzz Before Your Book Comes Out: 10 Strategies That Work" on Guide to Literary Agents at Writer's Digest (Jennifer Kincheloe, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1H7ZatI

You've got a book on the way out. What do you do to reach out to potential readers, to make sure that they know your book's publication is imminent? The experts at Writer's Digest have specific suggestions for you to put into action.

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2. "15 Outstanding Tips for Blog Writers from Popular Bloggers" on Write to Done (Mary Jaksch)

Link: http://bit.ly/1M0br0f

How do you improve the way you blog? Its content? Its reach and mission? The best people to ask are experts in the field, and if you can't get in touch with them personally, the next best option is to look up collections of quoted tips and wisdom like this article. You'll find all manner of helpful blogging tips here.

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1. "5 Strategies to Help You Improve Your Writing Focus" on Miranda Marquit

Link: http://bit.ly/1WHOF7t

Say you've got a writing or freelancing project (at least one) to finish. What ways do you use to stay on task? How do you minimize distractions as you work? If you're short on ideas, or need some new inspiration, check out this post with its excellent reminders and recommendations.

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There's the lineup for last week in the writing world. What are you working on for NaNoWriMo? Are you participating? What do you wish industry experts would write about? What's the best blogging tip you've read?

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