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John Lemke

7 Tactics for Writing the Best Facebook Posts *Every Time* - 0 views

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    These are some good points. Kudos to Beth Kanter for the find.
John Lemke

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

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

Five scientifically proven productivity hacks | Freelance Advisor - 0 views

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    A list of some good lifestyle ideas for productivity.
John Lemke

6 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes You Simply Don't Want to Make - 0 views

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    Point one, I make em', you make em', we all make em' and everyone makes these mistakes.
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

3 Big Reasons Your Freelance Writing Dreams Go Nowhere - 0 views

  • When you have access to materials that could help you create a plan for launching your business, but you never use them, you’re not serious about this.
  • Sitting around beating yourself up about what you don’t know or haven’t taken action on yet is not going to help you take the plunge into the uncertain world of freelancing.
  • Your dreams are not puny.
John Lemke

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

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    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

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    I think these are some decent writing exercises.
John Lemke

Theme Week: How to Socialize Your Posts for Maximum Effect : @ProBlogger - 0 views

  • If you have more time on your hands, you can of course choose to engage in more social networks. Just don’t overcommit and end up spreading yourself too thin!
  • Get 10 successful bloggers from different niches in a room and ask them which social networks are best for driving traffic to their blogs, and you’ll get a different answer from each one as to where their readers hang out in greatest numbers.
  • One of the things that I’d highly recommend you ponder when it comes to this is to think about developing a rhythm to your sharing.
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  • Of course the other thing to do when you’re resharing the same piece of content is to mix up the timings of your updates. If you first tweet a piece of content at 9am – at least wait a few hours to reshare it so that others in different parts of the world are likely to be online. The same thing applies to other networks (although I’d wait longer than a few hours to reshare on networks like Facebook or Google+). Also consider avoiding sharing during those times of the day that are particularly ‘noisy’. Sometimes sharing during times that you’d think your audience isn’t online is actually best. Dan Zarrella calls this ‘contra-competitive timing’ and has some great data on the topic here.
John Lemke

3 Times You Should STOP Writing - 0 views

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    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.
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    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.
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    A good list of tips to help you with your re-writes.
John Lemke

15 Shocking Facts You Don't Know About Weed - weather.com - 0 views

  • A Swedish study of 45,450 males showed no increase in the 15-year mortality rate of pot smokers, compared to those who did not smoke, according to an editorial published in BMJ.
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