Adaptability is an indispensable quality, ubiquitous in the most successful organisms. One can recognize an adaptable individual, creature, meme, or idea; after all, to still remain relevant, the subject must adapt to its surroundings.
Observing adaptation in its biological sense has been discerned and proven by science, but what about how evolution relates to one’s career? As the culture of work progresses, the necessity for workers to learn new skills increases dramatically. Particularly for writers, who deal with current issues and persuasive rhetoric every day. If you’re unsure how to stay competitive, read this insightful article on the subject of broadening your horizons and acquiring more work.
So, remain observant, writers! Stay ahead of the curve and don’t let yourself get left behind.
Writing good content, like anything else, requires proper research, planning, and execution. A prepared writer can implement a system to prevent writer’s block. Katie’s article, “The Prepared Writer’s Process for Creating Excellent Content Every Day” published on Coppyblogger shares a few tips to help prevent writer’s block and produce new content everyday.
One useful tip I took from this article was the importance of scheduling writing time. Scheduling time to write has helped me to avoid the excuse, “I have no time to write.” Even if you don’t know what you want to write about, still schedule the extra time, because this will help you stay consistent as a writer and have extra material ready.
It is also important to have a framework, know what you want to write about everyday. But, before you start to write, take some time and outline your ideas and then begin to write. If you’re stuck and can’t write, go back and refine and edit what you have previously wrote.
Here is a bonus exercises: creativity triggers if you get stuck
If you’re having trouble getting into the writing zone, take two minutes to do one of these creativity triggers by Katie:
- Read an unrelated article that is inspiring or funny
- Stand on your head (really, it gets the blood flowing!)
- Review your cornerstone content to ensure your post aligns with your goals
Apps have allowed us to find new innovative ways to stay productive in completing a to-do list. TNW shares a hilarious video about the old fashion to-do list: Pen and paper! At times, technology can cause us to forget that simple is better. So, the next time you have to write a to-do list consider the old school way and step away from the apps.
There are more hilarious videos like the one above on Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world.
Ira Glass’ advice on creative work has been gaining momentum for months, but even if you’ve read or heard the advice before, these two gorgeous typographical videos are worth a look.
Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.
One of the most resonant things that Glass addresses is “The Gap”. Creators usually get into their craft with a sense of taste, and a desire to be great. But beginners often forget that taste does not translate to skill right off the bat. There’s going to be a period of time, quite possibly a very long period of time, where the work does not live up to the level that your taste would dictate. It’s going to fall short.
Luckily, there’s a solution.
Unluckily, it’s a solution we’ve all heard before. It’s a solution that we avoid, because it sounds like too much work.
The solution, of course, IS work. Work hard, work often, and work until the gap looks a little less intimidating. And in the meantime, remember the gap, and don’t let it scare you into giving up.
Within the next few weeks final exams will arrive at your door. You may be thinking it’s a little too early to talk about final exams. Trust, it’s never too early to start preparing. We tend to forget that preparation means planning ahead, and instead we procrastinate. Social Media 101 offers 10 study tips for final exams. Read through these tips and plan the next few weeks accordingly, and avoid stress. It’s important to keep your energy levels high and your stress low. In order to achieve this use your available study time more efficiently by organizing a calendar. Go grab your calendar, start planning, start studying, and be ready to welcome your final exam when it knocks.
Terribleminds shares a writing exercise that can improve your writing, which is to take one thing and describe it ten different ways. Try it out. Pick a thing.
Here are the rules:
Focus on it and describe it multiple ways. Ten, as noted.
Each no more than a sentence of description.
(Feel free to choose a real world thing. Say, a lamp in your corner, or the flu you had last week.)
Differ your approaches in how you describe this thing.
Try pinballing from abstraction to factual — from metaphorical to forthright.
Here’s what I came up with:
After sitting in the car for ten hours, I was tired of traveling. My butt was worn-out from French kissing the seat. My neck was stiff like a pole. Like a baby with a wet diaper I was. Like an old and dusty bookshelf I felt. Frustrated and ready to stretch my legs. Connected like a group of organic compounds, waiting for H2O to break the bond.
Now you try!
The goal here is just to flex our descriptive muscles a bit.
Last Thursday, Facebook revealed its latest achievement, Hack, a new programming language. When Facebook was created ten years ago, it was coded entirely in PHP. However, as Facebook became bigger, the language became harder to manage and developers were more susceptible to making mistakes. The manager of Facebook’s Hack team, Bryan O’Sullivan, helped eliminate those errors by creating Hack. The website has moved almost all of its code over to Hack in the last year. The company released an open-source version of the language for the public last week.
As an open-source programming language, Hack was designed to allow developers to write bug-free code fast. By keeping some elements of PHP and combining the structure of other programming languages, Hack was born. In order to debug code more efficiently, instead of checking while the program is running, which is what PHP does, Hack will check for errors ahead of time, which is called static typing. The language itself is most similar to PHP; O’Sullivan encourages programmers that want to use Hack to only convert the parts of their code that are the most important, as it is not necessary to redo everything. This blending of both static and dynamic typing forms a method called “gradual typing” which has been shown to provide swift feedback and incredible accuracy.
Read more about this new language at ReadWrite.
My Mixxx transforms my computer into a complete DJ system for free, and bobs my head. With Mixxx you’re able to mix, scratch, program, and work with different effects for recording. There is even the option to perform live and record mixes on the go. With Mixxx you can feel like a real DJ because it enables hot cues, looping, translation, and much more.
Reliable sound mixing software is often expensive, but with Mixxx you’re music mixtures and features are limitless, and works on across platforms (Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X, Linux). Start a new hobby with Mixxx and DJ at your friend’s next party, or use it academically to create a killer sound track for your next presentation. You don’t have to be a pro, Mixxx is a user friendly program that has you covered. Download it here for free and share your Mixxx.