Monday, February 29, 2016

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from February 22-26

5. "Getting the Pacing Right" on Writers Helping Writers (Becca Puglisi)

Link: http://bit.ly/1QlPxdi

Pacing is one of the most challenging elements of writing an excellent novel. As Puglisi points out in this post, it's the sort of thing that nobody notices if it's done well (and consequently doesn't know how to accomplish in his/her own work) and that everybody notices if it's badly done. That said, here are some of the story elements you'll need to weigh against one another to ensure that your pacing is as fast, or slow, as it needs to be.


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4. "Story Description: Finding the Right Balance" on Jami Gold

Link: http://bit.ly/1QnduO4

Balance is another aspect of writing a novel that requires a great deal of attention and care. How much is too much ... when you're talking about each character's screen time? Or when you're talking about active plot elements versus the down times in between each? Something many writers wonder about is the balance between setting and description, on the one hand, and the rest of the story, so to speak, on the other. Gold offers excellent advice on how to make sure your description does double- or even triple-duty.


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3. "How a Small Shift in Your Vocabulary Can Instantly Change Your Attitude" on Michael Hyatt

Link: http://bit.ly/1QFcJPp

If you have trouble getting motivated to accomplish your writing, or to manage your social media platform, or to keep up with your blog posts, perhaps it's something you're telling yourself that's holding you back. Industry expert Michael Hyatt offers three recommendations for making a small shift in how you talk to yourself, and the words you use, that could result in a monumental difference in your outlook and productivity.


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2. "Pinterest for Authors: A Beginner's Guide" on Jane Friedman (Kirsten Oliphant, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/24vHD7q

What good is Pinterest for authors? It's an excellent question, and one that this article takes time to answer. After all, building a platform often necessitates using more than one social medium, and Pinterest speaks to the visual learners among us more than, perhaps, other media. From reasons writers should use Pinterest in the first place to insider tips to what to post, the guidance you'll find here is unsurpassed for detail and user-friendliness. 


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1. "Creating a Lasting Writing Practice" on There Are No Rules blog at WritersDigest.com (Paula Munier, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1WRHkhq

Training yourself into a regular habit or practice isn't easy, whether you've committed to exercising every day or learning a new language or mastering public speaking. Writing is no different, and yet it's one of those undertakings that really must become a consistent habit, or it simply won't happen. With patience and wisdom, Munier offers inspiration and insight into how to make writing a regular practice.


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There's the lineup for last week, folks. What caught your eye? What did you notice around the web that spoke to your writing? What are you currently working on?

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