Monday, December 21, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from December 14-18

5. "5 Lessons for Writers from Winter Solstice Celebrations" on Writer's Relief 

Link: http://bit.ly/1MyNQCC

Let it never be said that there is nothing writing-related to be learned from the world around you. This post proves that point precisely with quick, applicable writing tips gleaned from the holiday season in which we find ourselves.

What have you learned this holiday season that applies to your writing life?

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4. "8 Ways to Strengthen Your Freelance Writing Business Over the Holidays" on The Write Life (MaryBeth Matzek)

Link: http://bit.ly/22rfTjg

Don't think that just because the holidays are upon you, your freelancing business has to go by the wayside ... on the contrary! This excellent post details more than half a dozen different ways that you can rework important aspects of your business to ensure that you'll be that much readier for clients in January!

What are you doing for your freelancing business this holiday season?

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3. "How to Defeat Your Writer's Block" on Romance University (Ryan Lanz)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PmXrRv

Sixteen people coming for Christmas dinner, pipes frozen or bursting, obscure relatives in every corner of the house, and now your muse decides to take a vacation? Life's too short to let writer's block defeat you this time of year. Turn the tables on it with these great tips!

How do you defeat writer's block? What suggested method have you heard that has never worked for you?

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2. "Writers -- Give Yourselves a Break" on Fiction University (Janice Hardy)

Link: http://bit.ly/1YFcA37

It's the time of year when we start looking back over our accomplishments from the last few months. It's easy to get pretty negative or cynical, though, about goals that we haven't yet met, or intentions that we never got around to, or losses and disappointments we've experienced. Don't stay focused on the negative. This encouraging post will inspire you to look at your 2015 experience through different eyes.

What did you learn this year? What had to happen (be it a positive or negative experience) before you learned that?

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1. "A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Your Author Website" on The Writer's Dig blog at WritersDigest.com (Jane Friedman, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1NEZ7VZ

You're looking at making goals and resolutions for the new year. Maybe one of the things on your to-do list is to build yourself an author website, or to rebuild and revamp the one you've got. When in doubt, start here: a user-friendly post full of web design tips by an industry expert. Writer's Digest never disappoints!

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And there, FINALLY, is the lineup from last week, dreadfully tardy due to a hard drive problem with my computer nine (!) days ago. My most passionate apologies to my patient readers!

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