Happy Friday (and National Flip-Flop Day) everyone!
Preface: Welcome to another weekly round-up post from our growing community of bloggers, writers, vloggers, podcasters, and other fellow creatives. To be straight to the point, each and every week we hand-pick five top posts from a pool of the highest voted user-submitted/created posts in the community and include them in this weekly round-up blog post, along with the newsletter for all of our e-mail subscribers. As per our submission rules, posts shared can not be re-posts, or older than 1 month (31 days), meaning that all of the following are fresh and recent! Tune in every week and you will gradually become a better and more insightful creative over time!
This week’s best of the best has self-proclaimed indie maker Steph Smith thoroughly explain how to become great in whatever or wherever your passions take you, but not before becoming good, or even just decent at first.
Also featured are three excellent and highly insightful pieces looking into all sorts of ways in improving in the craft of writing, non-fiction specifically. Dana Sitar takes a deep dive into the differences between tone and voice and how to apply them more skillfully. Writer & business marketer Henneke lists 29 ways on how to escape content mediocrity. And Lynn Dickinson from Writer’s Digest explores the many habits (or lack thereof) of writing day-in and day-out.
Finally, Ian Bogost, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, dusts off and boots up a classic Macintosh SE, taking us back in time into the late 80’s and how writing on a computer was done in that era, along with the often humorous retro experiences that came with it.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (June 8 – June 14, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
1. How to Be Great? Just be Good, Repeatably
“Over the years, we’ve all encountered our fair share of successes and failures. As I’ve acquired more of both under my name, I’ve started to contemplate which experiences were truly “great” and why.”
2. Using Tone And Voice Properly In Your Writing
“If you’re confused about the difference between tone and voice when it comes to your writing, Dana Sitar is here to explain and to share how they can both be used more skillfully.”
3. 29 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Mediocrity
“Perhaps you’ve read a couple of books to improve your writing skills. And you’ve subscribed to the most popular blogs on writing. But still… It’s hard to know where to start, right? You’re not alone.”
4. I Wrote This on a 30-Year-Old Computer
“Loading a program like Word issues a long pause, giving me enough time to view and read the splash screen—a lost software art that provided entertainment as much as feedback.”
5. 5 Essential Things You Need to Know About Writing Habits
“Nearly everything you do is a habit. Scientists have found that anywhere from 40% to 95% of what we do is habit—every day! If you’re not writing as much as you’d like, you probably have a habit of not writing.”
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions (12 more) here.
Be sure to tune in next Friday for another great weekend reading list that will make you a better and more informed blogger, writer, and/or content creator! If you have anything awesome to submit that others might enjoy, feel free to do so!
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