The power of ten words in writing (and editing)

The internet abounds with ten-word writing challenges. Why are they so popular, and how can you use them to improve your own writing?

How many words does it take to tell a story?

Believe it or not, it’s possible to do it in ten words – or even nine. 

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Research: How to keep track of sources and references

Whatever kind of writing you do, there are going to be online links you need to keep track of. Here’s a simple and quick way to get your research done…

 I’m currently working on a big thought leadership piece for a client. Many research papers have been looked at, many websites visited. At this point, I don’t know what information I’m going to use, or which links I’m going to use. So I need to keep all of them, just in case.

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How to pitch an article or idea to a publication

You have an idea for an article. You want to pitch it to the editor of a publication. But how do you do that?

 The secret to getting a person at a publication to take note of your idea (or something you have already written) is to think like a journalist

And the first step to that is understanding that a journalist will always want to know what the “angle” is. If you can’t answer that question quickly and clearly, your story idea is dead in the water.

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How to find your writing voice

One of the more mysterious concepts in writing and editing is that of “voice”. Here’s how to find your writing voice (it can take a long time, but you’ll get there!).

The author biography in the front of Terry Pratchett novels says that he started work as a journalist one day in 1965 and saw his first corpse three hours later, work experience meaning something in those days. The bio continues:

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How to conquer writing procrastination

I had a bad bout of flu in the week running up to the writing of this post – but by Friday, I was feeling human again. Not human enough to actually sit down and start writing, though.

I dithered and told myself I needed a nap, or a cup of tea, or that there were more important things I could be doing. 

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