Contents : Writing

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Apple broke my writing workflow (again)
Writing

Apple broke my writing workflow (again)

A change to Apple’s iOS software has disabled the ALT + TAB keyboard shortcut. It’s an instant drop in my writing productivity.

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Don’t make your reader feel like an idiot
Writing

Don’t make your reader feel like an idiot

SEO optimised copy can lead to content that’s poorly structured, difficult to read and leaves your reader feeling like an idiot. This is not a good thing.

3

Apple’s Butterfly Keyboard misses the mark for touch typing
Writing

Apple’s Butterfly Keyboard misses the mark for touch typing

Apple’s butterfly keyboard may be a slick piece of engineering and design, but as a tool for touch typing it falls short.

4

Selene Nelson: inappropriate behaviour for a freelance writer?
Writing

Selene Nelson: inappropriate behaviour for a freelance writer?

William Sitwell’s “joke” was obsviously wrong. But was Selene Nelson’s response unprofessional too? Should disclosure of commercial emails be the norm?

5

How not to build a world in science-fiction
Writing

How not to build a world in science-fiction

World building is an important element of Science Fiction. Should you be explicit about the world characters inhabit, or allow it to slowly unfold?

6

My writing workflow is a little out of control
Writing

My writing workflow is a little out of control

The way I manage my writing has become a little messy in recent months. It’s time for a major refocus, and to reintroduce more rigour into my process.

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How do writers cope with distractions?
Writing

How do writers cope with distractions?

Sitting down to write a few thousand words is hard work if your environment is full of distractions. Here’s how to keep focus and get the work done.

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Are Sock Puppets an unethical way to sell your indie book?
Writing

Are Sock Puppets an unethical way to sell your indie book?

Fake accounts are used by some authors to boost reviews, rankings and profile. Are they a valid marketing tactic, or just another scam?

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A disciplined mind for writing
Writing

A disciplined mind for writing

Every weekday for the past 6 weeks I’ve sat down pretty much first thing in the morning and written something. It could be a ranty blog post, a carefully structured article on a hot topic or a briefing pulled from research notes. (Occasionally it’s flash fiction!) When I’m done, and I usually clock up about […]

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Engage or don’t engage. There is no easy way to fake it
Writing

Engage or don’t engage. There is no easy way to fake it

Either engage with people on social media or don’t. Leaving it to automated services is harming your reputation, both with people and machines.

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Is an iPad a suitable replacement for a writer’s laptop?
Writing

Is an iPad a suitable replacement for a writer’s laptop?

Laptops are full of distractions for a freelance writer. Could a simpler iPad be a distraction-free alternative to help focus on the words on a new page?

About Ross A Hall

I'm a freelance content manager and editorial designer. I work with small and growing businesses so they get the most out of their content.

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