Monday, March 7, 2016

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from February 29 - March 4

5. "The Diminishing Returns of Freelance Magazine Writing" on Literary Hub (Kent Russell)

Link: http://bit.ly/1OXIORv

There are controversial topics in every industry from construction to cooking. Perhaps this article stumbles upon, or brings to light, one such topic in the writing industry. Are there really up-sides that outweigh the potential "diminishing returns," in Russell's words, to freelancing as a magazine writer? How do you know? Check out the article to find out.


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4. "8 Things I Learned About Villains From My First Novel" on The Write Practice (Emily Wenstrom)

Link: http://bit.ly/1X7nHSK

While there's a great deal to be said for learning as you go --- striking out on your own to make your own mistakes --- there's also something to be said for heeding the wisdom of others when they talk about their own experiences. In this post, Wenstrom addresses fiction writers who might be caught off-guard by some of her discoveries about crafting villains.


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3. "How to Write a Book Trilogy: 5 Crucial Steps" on Now Novel

Link: http://bit.ly/1R0KBqg

Now Novel is one of my very favorite online writing organizations, not the least for the tremendous depth and insight in their articles on writing craft. This post is no exception. Instead of five brief sentences comprising the article, you get paragraph upon paragraph of guidance, examples, and questions you can apply to your own trilogy or series in progress.


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2. "7 Ways Underwriting Sabotages Your Story" on WriteOnSisters.com (Robin Rivera)

Link: http://bit.ly/1Lau0nX

Okay, so it's probably obvious by now that I really love list articles. This little gem, from what is quickly become another of my favorite online writing sites, is an excellent one, full of the kind of writing tips you might not think about on your own without someone to point them out. You'll want to bookmark this article for when you go back through your story to revise. I've done so for my future reference!


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1. "Please Let Me Motivate You With My Gesticulations and Screams" on terribleminds.com (Chuck Wendig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1TF1u0C

Nobody --- but nobody --- says it like Wendig does. In response to a number of requests from his readers for inspiration and motivation so they could feel energized to get down to work, he put together, probably off the top of his head, what is one of the most honest, forthright, unapologetic, irreverent, insulting, and --- yes --- motivational treatises I've ever read, anywhere, on any topic. If you get offended by curse words, look elsewhere, but if you can overlook them, or even appreciate them, I guarantee you'll walk away from reading Wendig's latest rant absolutely determined to get writing already.


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Another excellent lineup from last week. It's getting hard to cull the best and most helpful articles from so many fantastic sites lately. What do you think?

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