Happy Friday 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 top spot is claimed by Aline from interviewing.io who put over 2500 words into describing her ingenious tactics on how to write insightful, and more importantly, helpful pieces that consistently get the up votes to reach the front page of one of the biggest tech link sharing and discussion communities online. She’s also got the goods to back it up!
At #2, Ric Burnett from the gofindyourhappy.net blog shares his experiences and goes into what practices have helped him build his following to date, and provides helpful short-form tips what you can try yourself to give you a better chance to find the momentum that is required to grow those numbers.
Rounding off the top three, copywriter and blogger Nicole Bianchi takes a deep dive into the art of “cliffhangers” in writing and storytelling, details how and why it works on most of us, and breaks down how to strategically utilize it in your blog posts, books, emails, and social media.
Up next, self proclaimed creative Chris Ashby details how completely normal it is to not just fail, but fail constantly at most creative endeavors, and how the experience gained from those failures can be utilized to get better and advance to the next level.
Finally, we get to a common theme among writers, the pesky old “writer’s block”. Fiction writer L. Dixon shares her take on how to defeat writer’s block and provides eight tips on what you can try if you ever get stuck.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (June 29 – July 5, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
1. How to Write Stuff that Gets on the Front Page of Hacker News
“I have written a lot of stuff — Of the 30 blog posts I have submitted, 27 have been on the front page, and over the last few years, our writing has been read by millions of people.”
2. The Dos and Don’ts of Gaining a Following as a Writer
“You can’t just post an article and expect the views to keep climbing. Even if you are creating solid content, you have to learn to be your own marketer, SEO specialist, PR person.” (No Paywall Mirror)
3. How to Make Your Writing Captivating with the Cliffhanger Technique
“When used correctly, cliffhangers can make your writing and marketing more fun and engaging. Let’s look at several ways you can use cliffhangers effectively.”
4. Why the Secret to Creative Freedom is Allowing Yourself to Fail
“Let’s break away from the fear of creativity, together. Respect the process and talk openly about failure. Embrace your down time and remember to have fun with it.” (No Paywall Mirror)
5. 8 Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block
“I can tell you how frustrating it is to sit down by the computer/laptop/notebook, full of enthusiasm and good intentions, only to find that the blank page opposite has declared war.”
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions (9 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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