Happy Friday (And National Ravioli 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!
Mary Dash, Chief of the Congressional Correspondence, provides excellent general advice in tidbit form on a number of important writing topics including active/passive voice, compound words, personal pronouns, “gobbledygook”, redundancies, problems words, and more. Although these tips are based on her governmental writing experience, much of them apply when writing professional content, such as documents and sales copy. This must-read piece earns our top placement this week!
Next, we find a familiar name in Nicolas Cole, who shares some useful tactics on how to make some additional income writing from home with all those extra hours many of us will now have during these darker and more uncertain times.
And topping off the podium in third is Jamie Cattanach, a full-time freelance writer, who expands on how to avoid passive voice as much as possible, and explains in detail why it’s bad (but not exactly wrong) to keep doing.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (Mar 14 – Mar 20, 2020) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
? 1. Mary Dash’s Writing Tips
“Use “you” or “your” as often as possible to convey a conversational tone. This conversational tone can make your documents sound more like the tone you would probably take if you actually talked with the reader.”
? 2. 6 Ways Content Writers Can Still Make Money During The Pandemic
“If you are a writer and are looking for some extra ways to boost your monthly income, or continue providing for yourself altogether, here are 7 ways you can keep finding work.”
? 3. Avoid Using the Passive Voice — Here’s Why
“The passive voice is a type of sentence construction wherein the subject and object switch places: rather than the subject acting on the object, the object of the action becomes, itself, the subject.”
4. How to Find Better Featured Images on Unsplash
“The right featured image can make or break your article. Yet many writers only spend a few minutes (if that) looking for any old image to pair with the story they just spent hours or even days writing.”
5. Author Blogging: 5 Reasons to Start and 3 Ways to Do It Right
“As a longtime marketing consultant, I’ve taught my clients how to use blogging to attract customers and grow their businesses. As a novelist, I use those same skills to attract readers to my own site.”
New Music Releases: Week of March 11 – March 17, 2020 (102 tracks!)
Bonus Link ? : Hustle Music! A weekly mega-list of the newest music that dropped in the past week, sorted by most up votes ensuring the best landing on/near the top! Perfect companion for the hustle/grind!
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions here.
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