Monday, February 1, 2016

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from January 25-29

5. "How to Write Better Using Humor" on The Writer's Dig blog at WritersDigest.com (Leigh Anne Jasheway, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/20sTgsI


Humor writing isn't just a genre or a sub-genre. Sometimes, the situation calls for a little humor to get a particular point across, as in a personal essay or memoir. Maybe you're writing fiction and one of your characters is the comic, and whenever he or she enters the room, hilarity needs to ensue. How do you make that happen? Check out this in-depth post detailing five different qualities of humor, and five easy-to-use methods to use them in your own work.


What are you writing now? Would it benefit from a dose of humor? How will you interject that organically?



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4. "Stay Focused: 4 Ways to Delete Writing Distractions From Your Life" on The Write Life (Meg Dowell)


Link: http://bit.ly/1UuKzdN


It's too easy for most of us to use life as an excuse to explain or justify why we're not writing. The truth is, if you're a writer, you write. Period. No matter what your particular nemesis, here are four of the most common things that distract us from work, and what you can do about it to improve matters. Don't be a victim to time and circumstances any longer.


What is the biggest distraction that keeps you from working? What are you going to change this week about your routine, office, or habits to minimize or eliminate that distraction completely?



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3. "The Organized Writer: Making a Production and Marketing Bible" on Fiction University (Angela Quarles)


Link: http://bit.ly/1RU0k06

You've heard of a business plan. You've heard of a marketing plan. But ... a production and marketing bible? If it sounds intimidating, rest assured that once you have all the necessary components in place, you'll be relieved to have the resource at hand. When you're finished, you'll have your e-book publication data, including ISBN information, sales numbers, and reviews, as well as the contents of your marketing plan all in one convenient location.


Do you have a production and marketing bible? What first steps will you take this week to start putting one together? What information unique to your situation will you include?



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2. "The New Way to Write Your Life Story: The 10 Themes of Legacy Writing" on The Writer's Dig blog at WritersDigest.com (Richard Campbell, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1P5UrXQ


It's likely that not everyone goes to bed at night thinking, Now what did I do today to further the legacy I'm going to leave behind me? (Unless you do, in which case I'd love to hear from you!) Legacy is kind of a concept most of us assume we can't affect. Isn't a legacy whatever we leave behind that outlives us ... or not? On the other hand, if you're a personal essayist, memoir writer, or autobiographer, legacy probably consumes your thoughts. Here are ten legacy-oriented themes to take into consideration, whether you're writing your memoirs or not.


What kind of legacy are you leaving? What kind of legacy do you hope to leave? What will you do about any discrepancy between the two?



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1. "25 More Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing" on terribleminds.com (Chuck Wendig)


Link: http://bit.ly/1nve7Ok


I haven't highlighted one of Wendig's posts here in a while, but that doesn't mean he's not still publishing excellent expert content and writing tips. This post, in particular, caught my attention because he manages to combine difficult truths about the harsher realities of the writing industry with his signature snarky, entertaining, down-to-earth tone and style, the combination of which somehow leaves me feeling hopeful about the writing world anyway.


Which of Wendig's hard truths did you need to hear today? What would you add to his list for novice writers?



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BONUS: "The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016" on The Write Life (Marisol Dahl)


Link: http://bit.ly/1VlsQWs


Two bonus posts in two weeks ... I know, unprecedented (but we can't say that any more!). And this fabulous resource for writers is just way, way too good to pass up. Visit this mother-of-all collection posts, packed with the best of the best blogs and websites in the industry, broken down into categories for creativity, blogging, freelancing, and more. Thanks to The Write Life for putting together such a fantastic reference tool every year!



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And that's the lineup for last week. Let me know in the comments how your January has gone, and what you're looking forward to with the start of February!

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