4 Writing Resolutions for 2015

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With the New Year comes new goals, and my writing is not exempt from aspirations. While I feel my writing has improved this year, there are still many facets of my writing I would like to improve. Below I’ve listed four of my top goals for 2015, with the combination of helpful links that I think will improve my writing endeavors.

  1. Write Something EVERY DAY
    This article from Lifehack lists 10 reasons you should write every day, and they’re all pretty enticing!
  2. Keep a Journal
    There have been may famous writers who have attested to the creative benefits of keeping a journal (this article from Brain Pickings discusses this further), and as such I have decided that journaling will be one of my new hobbies to help enliven my creative spirit.
  3. Find a Solid Writing Spot
    Brain Pickings lays out how to craft the perfect space for “creative flow.” Definitely an interesting read, and I will be referring to it often as I search to find my perfect writing haven.
  4. Create a Writing Routine (AND STICK TO IT!)
    I have yet to find a writing routine that I feel strongly about. Luckily the internet is chalked full of routine ideas. This post from James Clear lists 12 famous writers and their writing routines.

Hopefully some of my goals gave you some ideas for your own new years writing resolutions, or at least inspired you to at least start your own list of goals! Happy new year and happy writing!

Amazon & Hachette Settle Dispute

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The dispute  between the online retailer Amazon and the fourth largest U.S.publisher Hachette has ended, a battle that has been going on for months. While specific dimensions of the newly signed agreement have yet to be disclosed, Hachette has says they have full control over ebook pricing, a major component of the fight.

The issue with ebook pricing lay in the fact that Amazon wanted books to be priced at $9.99 or less. Hachette didn’t agree, and so Amazon proceeded to use various tactics such as nixing the pre-order button on Hachette books and delaying deliveries of Hachette hardcovers for weeks on end.

Because of the online retailer’s harsh methods, Amazon has been dubbed a bully by many, including by bestselling author John Green. Green is the author of the popular young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, which sits at the top of Amazon’s best sellers list.

So, now that an agreement has been signed between Amazon and Hachette, the question that remains is the “winner” of the whole ordeal? Various sources say it’s unclear. This article from The Economist discusses the multiple sides of the battle, and also questions whether the battle is truly over, as there are other publishers waiting their turn to duke it out with Amazon, which The Economist says could reignite the battle.

For more on Amazon VS Hachette, check out this article that breaks down the fight into 13 pointers.

The Deceit of Good and Bad

As Professional Writers, one of our duties is to develop an understanding of the English Language. That includes the cultural usage of the terms “good” and “bad”. This TED talk video by Educator Marlee Neel discusses how these words are deceitful terms that hide the truth. She encourages us to let go of the words “good” and “bad,” and to push ourselves to illustrate, elucidate and illuminate the world with active and descriptive language. In her TED talk, Neel says “The primary reason for replacing the terms “good” and “bad” in writing and speaking is to produce more precise and true descriptions”. We are too languid and too afraid to use other words. She also discusses how we need to dig into those “grittier, exact terms that are buried in our lexis waiting to see daylight”.

For those who are unfamiliar with TED and TED talks, it is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas. This is usually done though TED talks, which are short, powerful talks that can last 18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. You can find out more about TED and TED talks at their website.

 

So, You Want to Go Viral?

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If you’re a frequent visitor to the World Wide Web, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “go viral” before. When content is said to have gone viral, it means “it is viewed by a very high number of people in just a short period of time.”  Of course, the number needed to be considered viral is very subjective, but basically it is just high traffic content be it an article, blog post, song, video, etc. In this case we’re focusing on writing, however. 

So, how does one go viral? According to this article from Forbes, there are 10 solid strategies one should implement when aiming to write  something viral. Some of the tips I found most interesting include:

The power of visuals
I am always so focused on the content of my actual writing that I tend to forget the engagement visuals can create. According to Forbes, visuals, paired with an enticing headline, are a fundamental component to writing viral content.

Timing!
Apparently posting at 9AM EST is a great time to release your article, blog post, etc. into the Internet because you’ll be catching those workers who haven’t had enough coffee yet and are delaying starting their work day!

Definitely check out the rest of the eight tips from the article to learn more about writing viral content and see how you can apply these tips to your own writing. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up writing a piece that will even beat BuzzFeed’s stats! You never know!

Enjoy and good luck!