Monday, January 4, 2016

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from December 28 - January 1

5. "The Verb 'To Twit'" on Daily Writing Tips (Maeve Maddox)

Link: http://bit.ly/1MOCWsF

Having sent a tweet to someone on Twitter, you have ... twitted? Check out this insightful post on the linguistic background and evolution of the word "twit "as a verb, and take a few minutes to browse through the other daily posts. You might even want to sign up for the email version.

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4. "Happy New Year! Let's Talk (Story) Beginnings" on Jami Gold

Link: http://bit.ly/1OtYgcm

This time of year --- end of December, beginning of January --- everybody is talking about endings: how the year 2015 treated you, what you learned looking back, what you probably haven't learned yet, that sort of thing. This time, though, Gold takes a different tact and offers up her insights into getting your novel or story's opening down on paper.

Where does your current work-in-progress (WIP) start? What do you want your opening to accomplish? Find a beta reader and ask if it's working.

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3. "Finding Your Path to Publishing" on Fiction University (Beth Revis)

Link: http://bit.ly/1O52HH7

There are only ... okay, an assortment of paths to publishing your work-in-progress these days. Go traditional? Try self-publishing? Come up with a hybrid version? Serialize? Anthologize? How do you know which path to take? Start with this excellent article, full of to-the-point directives and questions so you can discover the best potential method for you.

How do you most want to be published? What are you doing to achieve that goal this year?

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2. "10 Habits of Highly Effective Writers" on The Writer's Dig blog at WritersDigest.com (Robert Blake Whitehill, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1mVo3Qq

If you're like me, you're already behind on your New Year's resolutions, but that's okay. What really matters is that you choose, every day, to make time for what's important to you. If that's your writing, then take a look through these suggested habits writers can make work for them.

Which habits do you already have incorporated into your routine? Which one (or two, if you feel brave) would you like to incorporate? Share how you plan to go about that.

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1. "How to Be More Productive: 21 Ways to Start the New Year Right" on The Write Life (M. Shannon Hernandez)

Link: http://bit.ly/1JnWMQO

The new year is already underway (in case you hadn't taken time to swap out your calendars yet). Maybe this year you've decided your theme will be productivity, or focus ... something that will get your writing done, revised, perfected, out the door and into the hands of an editor or literary magazine or agent. Step your way through this extensive list of tips to bring closure to last year's endeavors, and to find fresh inspiration for 2016!

What did you learn about your writing career, habits, or self last year? What do you hope to learn this year? What one thing do you want to achieve in 2016? What step will you take toward that?

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And there's the lineup for last week, which bridged the gap between the years 2015 and 2016 with pretty quiet certainty. Share some of your goals or resolutions for this year in the comments, if you like!

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