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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

How to Defeat Writer's Block | Writing Forward - 0 views

  • Physical ailments:
  • Mental and emotional stress and distractions
  • Lazy days
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  • You’d just rather do anything in the world other than work on your writing project
  • Avoidance and procrastination: Sometimes we go out of our way to avoid a difficult writing challenge.
  • Eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water. Schedule time for rest and relaxation. Don’t run yourself down.
  • A Few, Final Writing Tips for Combating Writer’s Block
  • if you have two projects going, you can rotate back and forth to maintain your interest in both.
  • Get advice from other writers. Often, they’ll see a solution where you see no way out.
    While different things work for different writers, I think this is a great look at writer's block.
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

Color My World | The Word - 0 views

  • My trade magazine features can require up to dozen sources, which means many interviews and lots of quotes. Sometime early in my freelance life, I realized I needed a way to keep the sources and their material straight, especially during the cutting and pasting part of the editing process. The solution?  Type the notes from each interview in a different color.
  • The colors facilitate turning an overwhelming mishmash of perspectives, examples and quotes into a coherent article.
    Some tips on how this author uses colors to keep her work straight.
John Lemke

5 Books Freelancers Should Read Now - 0 views

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

Writer Unboxed » How to Keep Writing? Break It Down. - 0 views

    A published author shares their method to daily writing.  
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.
    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

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

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

Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter - 0 views

    Advice from Pilar Alessandra. She is a popular script consultant for Hollywood.
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

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

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.
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