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John Lemke

Avoid Loser Writing Clients With This Quickie Checklist - 0 views

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    I made it a pledge to start be serious about my freelance work in January.  This list could have saved me a few courses at the school of hard knocks.
John Lemke

Writer Unboxed » Imagining Beyond One's Own Experience, or What the Fiction W... - 0 views

  • Imagining is the job of the fiction writer. This is what we do, every time we sit down in front of a blank page. It seems as if we’re working with no more than a keyboard or pen and paper, but that’s not true. We have at our disposal every person we’ve ever known, every experience we’ve ever had, seen, heard and felt. Our ingredients are the people who have ignored us and caused us to search our brains for reasons why, people whom we’ve admired, both intimately and from a distance, and people whom we’ve tried to emulate. People who love us despite our faults; people we can’t stand despite our efforts to be better people ourselves.
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    A great read on putting the writer in another's shoes. If you desire to do fiction, it is certainly worth the time to read.
John Lemke

9 Things I Did To Become A Full-Time Writer - 0 views

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    A great list!  9 great tips for any aspiring author.
John Lemke

Why Failure IS an Option for Writers | Positive Writer - 0 views

  • Stop making failure a negative thing and start writing. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and start creating. And if you do mess up, do your best to learn from it. Trust me, you’ll be much better off.
  • What if your first book was sold to a publisher quickly, but then each of your next 5 books were turned down? That exact scenario happened to none other than, Danielle Steel, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time.
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    Very true for writers but also applies to life in general.  "Nothing beats a failure except a try" is one of my favorite sayings.
John Lemke

17 Reasons to Write Something NOW - 0 views

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

The Only 6 Posts Worth Writing (and How to Totally Nail Each One) - 0 views

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    A nice how-to with lots of examples.
John Lemke

The Great Content Checklist: Tips, Tools, and Examples - 0 views

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    This article makes some good points and has lots of great examples.
John Lemke

How To Become A Prolific Writer While Holding Down A Day Job | Positive Writer - 0 views

  • The author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), continued to work day jobs throughout his life.
  • Other authors who held down day jobs throughout their writing careers include Bram Stoker, Philip Larkin, T.S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, among many others.
  • she wrote the bestselling book Interview With The Vampire while working her day job as an insurance claims examiner.
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  • Anne Rice
  • Having a day job makes it imperative that I allocate time for writing. I insure I write at least 2 hours before I go to work come rain or shine. And I do this by following my rituals every morning without fail.
  • Regardless of what time I work (shift work), I wake up at least 3 hours prior and like clockwork, 1) I brush my teeth, 2) make breakfast, 3) sit down at my desk, 4) check emails, 5) check in on my social connections and finally 5) after stretching my legs for a moment, I write on cue for at least two hours.
  • ake note of the things you do consistently every day before and after work.
  • Create a space of time within your current daily rituals for writing every day. Make sure it’s at a time of day that works best for you.
  • Commit.
  • I highly recommend creating a writing sanctuary for yourself, somewhere you only go to write, and therefore, your mind will associate being there with writing.
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    A good PMA oriented article.
John Lemke

Cynics and Cynosures - 0 views

  • cynic comes from a Greek word meaning “dog-like, currish, churlish.”
  • The word cynosure comes from a Greek word meaning “dog’s tail.” This was the name given by the Greeks to the northern constellation Ursa Minor, the “Small Bear” in whose tail is the Pole-star, also known as the North Star. Because the North Star is bright and a means of finding the direction of north, the word cynosure acquired the figurative meaning of “something that is bright and serves as a guide.”
  • In modern usage, a cynic is a person disposed to find fault with everything and to rant about it to everyone. A cynic trusts no one’s sincerity or good intentions. The adjective is cynical; the noun is cynicism.
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  • Unlike cynic, the word cynosure has positive connotations. A cynosure is someone or something that serves for guidance or direction, a “guiding star.
John Lemke

3 Strategies to Stand Out From the Content Creation Crowd - 0 views

  • It’s no longer enough to simply write content. Everybody’s doing that.
  • standing out from the crowd by finding a place that seems a bit less dangerous (finding your “content” niche). This would be a good call.
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    If you don't get at least one idea from this article, you have some type of reading disorder.
John Lemke

The Scientific Guide to Creating Sticky Headlines - 0 views

  • According to Social Triggers and Wired Magazine, George Lowenstien, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University developed a theory called “the information gap theory of curiosity.” Lowenstein says “curiosity is rather simple: It comes when we feel a gap ‘between what we know and what we want to know.’” (source) He goes on to say “This gap has emotional consequences: it feels like a mental itch, a mosquito bite on the brain. We seek out new knowledge because we that’s how we scratch the itch.” That’s why these headline formulas increase traffic.
  • Imagine again that you’re a blogger looking to leverage Facebook.  You begin to click on multiple posts titled “How to get more traffic using Facebook” and bunch of other variations. What happens?  All of the posts begin to run together becoming indecipherable to your brain.  Psychologists call this cognitive overload and you passively read post after post after post.  You never truly connect with the blogger or the message.
  • By adding a quantifiable benefit, you’re accomplishing two things.  First you’re laser targeting the type of reader you want to see the post.  And second, you’re giving them a realistic goal to strive for.
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  • When a person can see the finish line, they’re far more likely to start.
  • Take a look at what happens when you google “From 2,500 to 1 million fans in 2 years”.
  • Ask yourself if you can add either a quantifiable benefit or a specific time frame to your post.  Can you tell the story about how you got more readers to your blog in 30 days?  Or can you tell the story about how you helped a friend drop 15 pounds without starving herself?
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    This is a good list and also explains the "whys" of it.
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

Writer Unboxed » To Pseudonym or Not to Pseudonym - 0 views

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    I think I kind of get it.
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.
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