Monday, February 22, 2016

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from February 15-19

5. "5 Common Problems with Middles" on Fiction University (Janice Hardy)

Link: http://bit.ly/1QTzX4W

Anybody who writes a novel will be well aware that there's something challenging about the middle of the story. You're trying to incorporate subplots and maintain pacing and tension, and build character motives, all at the same time, and make sure it all makes sense when you get to the climax and denouement. Here are five more issues to watch out for as you're drafting, or editing, that difficult middle section.


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4. "5 Reasons You Should Pitch Your Writing to Smaller Markets" on The Writer's Dig blog at WritersDigest.com (Don Vaughan, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1WBURcI

You've got your heart set on writing for one of the big names in the industry. Maybe Forbes, for business articles, or Writer's Digest, for articles on the craft of writing or the ins and outs of publishing. And that's all well and good. But to build your resume and portfolio, this writer suggests, it might actually be best to start small, and here are five reasons why.


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3. "Hack Your Readers' Brain by Describing the Five Senses" on Helping Writers Become Authors (Heather Blanton, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/217HMia

What you want for your readers is the same thing you want as a reader: when you pick up a book, you want to be transported right into the story world. One of the easiest ways to achieve that as an author in your own writing is to appeal to your readers' five senses. It's fairly common for writers to rely heavily on one or two of those senses, and to kind of overlook or even forget about the others, but to paint the most vivid scenes possible, here are ways to use all five, on every page.


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2. "Working for 'Exposure'? Get the Most Out of It" on Jami Gold

Link: http://bit.ly/1PQxSce

There's a lot of give and take on the question of whether writers should work for free, in any capacity, at any time. But if you're going to write for free, you'll likely be doing it to gain exposure ... a byline, for instance, or a couple of sentences at the end of the post or article with your brief bio and website. And if you're doing it for exposure, well, author Gold has expert tips for you on how to milk that for all it's worth.


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1. "How to Be a Freelance Writer: Skip These 10 Embarrassing Mistakes" on The Write Life (Marian Schembari)

Link: http://bit.ly/1mRqqTQ

Working for yourself has a lot of perks. It also comes with a lot of its own challenges. And freelancing is challenging enough without falling over the ten all-too-common stumbling blocks, in the process. From prioritizing to organizing to networking to taxes and everything in between, visit this in-depth article and head off the stumbling blocks before they trip you up.


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And that's the lineup for last week. Keep in touch!

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