Monday, March 21, 2016

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from March 14-18

5. "Action vs. Suspense" on Kill Zone (Joe Moore)

Link: http://bit.ly/1U2q8rY

Even romance novels have action --- things that happen. And every genre contends with suspense, which helps drive the plot forward and keep the reader reading. (In a literary novel, for instance, perhaps the suspense element makes the reader ask, "How will the character change throughout the novel?") But action elements packed one after another do not constitute suspense. Check out this post for the differentiation.


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4. "Want to Raise Your Brand Awareness? Put One of These on Your Blog" on The Write Life (Jessica Lawlor)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PnkTLw

Your brand today is one of the most important elements in your marketing campaign and platform. What are you known for? When readers pick up your article or book or poem, what do they expect from you? Here are several optional components you could add to your blog to increase your brand awareness even further.


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3. "4 Lessons for Authors on the Current State of Publishing" on Jane Friedman

Link: http://bit.ly/1pYeMsj

What do you need to know about the publishing industry right now? Are you missing something in your platform or marketing plan? How will you know? Start by perusing this excellent, detailed post from industry expert Friedman and see where you can most effectively up your ante.


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2. "Want to Write a Column? Here Are 7 Key Tips You Need to Know" on The Writer's Dig blog at WritersDigest.com (Noelle Sterne, guest columnist)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PnlInC

Have you always wanted to see your name in the byline of a column, whether as a guest or on an ongoing basis? This article gives you detailed tips to keep in mind, whether you're just starting out or have been writing a column for months or years, from understanding how every column you write reflects you to maintaining momentum and producing interesting content.


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1. "6 Ways to Knock Your Next Guest Post Out of the Park" on The Write Life (Razwana Wahid)

Link: http://bit.ly/1WDG29W

There is perhaps no more perfect follow-up to the previous post (see #2 above) than this one, another by The Write Life, which remains one of my favorite go-to sites in the industry. You're writing a column, a post, an article, but do you know what to do to make that offering the best and most popular it can be, to keep readers coming back?


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That's the lineup for last week. What's your current work-in-progress? What do you wish you knew more about as you think about writing and publishing right now?

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