A few links for the end of the week

Lifting ideas from others

lift Before you jump on me, understand this: I’m not advocating that you steal from other writers. I’ve been the victim of theft a couple of times and wouldn’t want another writer to go through that.

What is mean is use what others write as a launching point for something you write. Add your own perspective or spin or slant to an idea or story. Write something that complements the original, or provides a counterpoint to it. Pick up on a thread that the writer of the original piece left hanging or didn’t explore further.

I won’t say to do that you need a keen eye. It helps. But you do have to read carefully. You have to keep your mind open for any tangents. You have to be ready to spot and pull any threads that you see.

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Web applications and me, redux

web A lot can change in five years. I know I have. And so has how I use web applications, and which ones I use.

Back in 2010, I took readers of this blog through a short tour of some of my favourite Web applications. Then, as now, I use web applications professionally. They help me do my work, no matter where I and no matter what computer or device I’m using.

Let’s take another look at the web applications that I use, which I think are solid choices for writers.

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A few links for the end of the week

A short guide to quickly writing an ebook

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image17885600 Do you have an idea for a book? I bet you do. But I’m also sure that there are a number of things that get in the way of you writing that book.

If you want to write a book, publishing it yourself is the fastest and easiest way to go. That said, unless you take action, unless you start writing, it will never happen.

Sitting in front of your keyboard and typing aimlessly isn’t the way to go. You need to proceed with a plan.

Here’s a short guide that can help you quickly write an ebook. I’ve used the techniques I’m about to share to write three books, and I have another couple on the way. The techniques work. All you need to do is apply them.

Note: This information is aimed at people who are writing non fiction. It might work with fiction, too, but no guarantees.

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Full time or freelance?

Decisions, decisions That is the question …

We reach a point as writers where the seed of an idea starts to sprout: Maybe I can go freelance. It’s a tempting idea, escaping the workaday world of the corporate job and hanging out your own shingle.

Or, maybe you’re a freelance writer being tempted by the lure of a corporate writing job. In either case, there are pros and cons. I’ve been on both sides of that fence and have some insight into those pros and cons.

Let’s take a look at them.

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Making what you write more granular

Uploaded to www.sxc.hu for free use. What makes the eyes of many readers glaze over? I mean, besides lazy and boring writing?

Long paragraphs and passages. Ones that seem to go on and on and on.

And I’m not talking about the tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) crowd. There are still people with solid attention spans. Many of them tire when they read long passages or long articles.

One way around that is to make your writing more granular. What do I mean by that? Read on to learn more.

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