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On Writing Well

100 Beautiful and Ugly Words — Use these at your discretion, but they're a great place to start. I don't agree with all of them and find some words that may sound ugly, but that I actually like to use in speaking and writing. Like the word "onus".


On Licensing and Legal Rights of Your Content

New Media Rights — They offer free legal help for independent content creators and Internet users. The content you create belongs to you and you have digital rights to them.


On Blogging Platforms

Squarespace — This is the 4th platform I've used in my 8 years of blogging. It's intuitive for me and gives me statistical information in an easy-to-read format.

WordPress — The blogging platform I have used the most and the longest. There are free templates and it's a free platform that helped me navigate other systems as well.

Typepad — Another platform I've used, but for only a limited time when I wasn't seeing as much revenue from my writing. Very clean design with comment sections that incorporate Social Media Platforms.

Six — While I've never used this one, it's a free website platform.


On Pictures and Graphics

Photopin — If you're looking for images to use in your posts, Photopin offers a copy/save function with text you can use to link back and give credit to the source.

Flickr Creative Commons — Flickr used to be where I hosted all of my pictures (now I host them with my service provider), but there are also images and graphics you can use with proper attribution.


On Fundamental Principles of Writing

These are some books on writing that I've found helpful over the last decade or so. Some are timeless and very methodical, whereas others are simply written well enough to inspire me to be a better writer.

Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way and The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life

Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within


On Writing a Manifesto

Manifestos are my thing. In the poetry I've written and the belief statements that come from my writing, I've realized that it's a medium I love. Here are some great manifestos and how-to manuals to get you started.

Peter Fox

Youth Space

Zach Sumner's How to Write a Personal Manifesto from The Art of Manliness

Michael Martel's How to Write a Manifesto - Why Everyone Should Have One

Carrie and Danielle's 20 point declaration of how they perceive and make use of the power of true style

Teresa Griffith's Why Everyone Should Write a Manifesto at Lifehack

Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Manifesto and 8 Splendid Truths of Happiness

Seth Godin's Stop Stealing Dreams, which is of special interest to me as an educator

Bob Sutton's blog 12 Things I Believe (see the left sidebar of his blog)

Madame X's My Open Wallet's My Rules (see the right sidebar of her blog)


On Getting Out Your Work

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