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John Lemke

9 Ways to Promote Your Writing Without Being a Jerk | Positive Writer - 0 views

  • I found out the hard way that if you’re not going to self-promote your work, then you might as well not even write it for public consumption.
  • Did you know that Henry Ford created a full-scale motion picture department for the Ford Motor Company and that the department itself rivaled all of Hollywood’s studios at the time (1914)? The first movie produced by Mr. Ford’s movie department (Highland Park) was, “How Henry Ford Makes One Thousand Cars a Day.” Does that sound self-promotional to you?
John Lemke

7 More Writing Blogs That Want Your Guest Posts - 0 views

    I bet you that you find a few new resources on this list.
John Lemke

5 Books Freelancers Should Read Now - 0 views

    Five books for the freelancer. I added them to my list.
John Lemke

17 Reasons to Write Something NOW - 0 views

    A good list to remove lame excuses for not writing.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » Writers: What Are You Afraid Of? - 0 views

    A good list of common fears writers share. There is comfort in crowds.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » The Four Characteristics of Author Attitude and Why You Need... - 0 views

    Not only does the author have a good list but a great acronym... w00t! I feel the influence already.
John Lemke

Final U in English Words - 0 views

  • “English words don’t end in u,”
  • The only two native English words that end in u are the pronouns thou and you, but they probably shouldn’t count because they really end in ou.
  • There remain 50 or so “English” words that do end in u. I put English in quotation marks because most of these u-words obviously came undigested from some other language, most from French.
John Lemke

Is Paranoia Preventing YOU From Finding Success as a Writer? | Positive Writer - 0 views

    A good perspective to stay motivated.  Also includes a link to a free e-book.
John Lemke

7 Writing Prompts to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing - 0 views

    I think these are some decent writing exercises.
John Lemke

3 Times You Should STOP Writing - 0 views

    While I personally feel that you should write daily, this article does give three good times to just "let go".
John Lemke

20 Rules for Writing So Crystal Clear Even Your Dumbest Relative Will Understand - 0 views

  • Spreading an idea means getting it from your brain into someone else’s. It means putting together the essential facts, the logical arguments and your insightful conclusions together in exactly the right way to recreate your brilliant idea in the mind of your reader.
  • Try to describe your audience with this simple formula: X who Y. For example: “Bloggers who want to get more traffic”.
  • If you can’t explain what your post is about in one simple, short sentence, it’s probably too complex or unfocused.
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  • Make sure a clear connection exists between the opening of your post and the headline.
  • If a sentence, phrase or word is particularly important or significant, use bold or italics to add stress. But don’t overdo it.
  • Always be consistent with your terminology.
  • If a point is worth making, it’s worth making twice. Or even three times.
  • Only tell them what they need to know to follow your argument. Share the minimum you need to convey the desired message.
  • Clear examples help readers understand difficult concepts.
  • Concrete language describes something detectable by the senses. Something you can see, feel, hear, smell or taste. Abstract concepts are much harder to imagine.
  • When you provide specific detail in your writing, there’s less room for ambiguity. Your reader is far more likely to end up with the same idea in their head as you have in yours.
  • Clarity does not tolerate “might,” “may” or “possibly.” If you can’t say something with certainty, perhaps you shouldn’t be writing about it at all.
  • if you’re in the business of spreading ideas, you must make friends with bullets.
  • Bullets are a valuable tool, but you should never drop your reader into a list without first setting the scene.
  • make sure each point is recognizably related to the others.
  • If you were giving your reader a list of steps, you’d present them in the order they needed doing, right? Obviously. But if the items in your list aren’t steps, they often still have a natural order – even if you didn’t have one in mind when you wrote them.
  • always supply everything the reader needs to fully understand your points within the post itself.
  • You think you’re being generous but truthfully you’re being greedy. Greedy with your reader’s time, their attention, and their patience.
  • include a clear call-to-action. Tell your reader what you want them to do.
    20 tips on writing with clarity.
John Lemke

How To Write Well: 10 Essential Self-Editing Tips | Write to Done - 0 views

  • The easiest way to write well is to edit your writing. The best person to edit a manuscript, article or blog post is the author herself.
  • Leave your writing alone for a while
  • Pay attention to what jumps out at you as awkward.
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  • You’ll catch clunky sentences, missing and repetitive words, and misspellings.
  • Make a list of your most common offenders. Then search for those words and see if you can take them out without altering your intended meaning.
  • Take a look at each sentence and see how many words you can cut out.
  • Check to make sure you put commas before direct address in dialog.
  • The most mutilated verbs are lay, sink, drag, swim, and shine.
  • Flowery verbs such as quizzed, extrapolated, exclaimed, and interjected, stick out. Instead, use said and asked, with an occasional replied or answered.
  • When sentences begin with “it was” and “there were,” readers are left wondering exactly what “it” is. These words are vague. “It was hot today” can easily be replaced with “the sun baked his shoulders,” which paints a clearer picture. Think: strong nouns and verbs.
    A good list of tips to help you with your re-writes.
John Lemke

The lazy person's guide to writing great copy - fast! » SEO Copywriting - 0 views

    Some tips to keep your output rolling on schedule.
John Lemke

How to Write When You're Not a Writer - 0 views

  • The content on your website doesn’t need to appeal to a broad audience like print media does. It also doesn’t need to be on a broad topic. Quite the opposite, actually. Your website and social media content will be quite specific. And what’s more, unlike print media if you do make a mistake it only takes moments to correct. What’s not to love about that?
  • web content is also more conversational. Content is written to feel personal – as if you’re speaking directly to your audience
John Lemke

The Ten Worst Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Hear (and Probably Already Have) |... - 0 views

  • Take that advice beyond the beginning stages, though, and what you get are stories that really should move the reader but don’t, either because the emotions are all related from the outside or because the narrative doesn’t provide the sort of dense, information-rich substrata upon which complex characters are built.
  • Which leads me to my second point: Your story is about Gina, at forty, deciding whether or not to leave her boyfriend. Are you really going to spend half your story showing us Gina’s white-trash childhood in Elbridge, Michigan (a key bit of backstory)? Or are you just going to cut to the chase, provide a few key details, and move on?
  • But push this advice too far, and again, you’ll get stuck writing mediocre fiction. Because sometimes the things that don’t work are actually important. They don’t work not because they’re the wrong things, but because they’re the hard, ambitious, at-the-very-edge-of-what-you-even-know-how-to-say-things, and the only way to land them is to dig deeper, work harder, and sometimes even (god help you) add rather than cut.
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  • To keep advancing you have to stretch your limits. And sometimes that means writing from the point of view of someone who is super not you.
  • Language is your Swiss army knife, and you can’t do shit like this with just the knife and the corkscrew.
    I must admit, I have heard most of these. However, I don't fully agree with all the points.
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