Writer’s Links 02/11/2014 (p.m.)

  • Synesthesia is a when more than one sense is evoked by a single stimulus. People who are synesthetes often have superior memory. (It can also be triggered by psychedelic drugs.) So it makes sense to incorporate it into your writing. I like the taste of the article.

    Tags: Synesthesia, examples, definition, literature, WriteLink, writing, tips

  • One of the reasons writers must read is to learn from example. The same applies to the specialty of copywriting. This post list seven great examples.

    Tags: examples, copywriting, 2014, WriteLink, writing, list, tips

  • Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor for Boing! Boing!, a freelance writer and a columnist for The New Your Times Magazine. In this interview she discusses her life, motherhood and her work flow.

    Tags: life, writing, freelance, 2014, WriteLink, author, interview, advice, howto

    • I’m a freelancer, but I have a couple of contract gigs that play a big role in my monthly and daily cycles. I’m the science editor at BoingBoing.net, a technology and culture blog with 6 million monthly readers. I also have a monthly column with The New York Times Magazine.
    • The rest of the day really varies a lot, depending on what I have on my plate at that given time. I have ADHD and it’s really easy for me to get distracted and be unproductive, so I have lots of little tricks I rely on to keep me focused throughout the day. I used to use a timer on my computer a lot, just to have something that, periodically, forced me to look up and think about what I was doing and what I had to do next. But I find now that the two hours between breast pump sessions actually does that job pretty well. I also jump back and forth between stuff on my to-do list, depending on what I feel motivated to do. If I just can’t get myself to write during a given two-hour block, I’m better off answering email or sending out interview requests than just sitting there, staring at a blank page.
    • Skype, Call Recorder, and Stickies.
    • Word docs and/or Evernote
    • Livescribe pen. The Livescribe allows me to record audio and take notes, with the audio linked up to the notes, so that later I can find exactly the audio quotes and information I want quickly, just by tapping on the note that corresponds to what I’m looking for.
    • I’m experimenting with a new organizational system that I’m calling Just Put Everything in Evernote. All my research notes, papers, Livescribe notes and audio, everything … it all goes into Evernote, organized by story, and I can find it easily on my phone or my computer, even when I’m offline. The new Livescribe pen I got even uploads the audio and notes to Evernote automatically, whenever it has access to wifi.
    • I increasingly do my writing in Google Docs. Or Drive, or whatever they call it now. It’s been worth it for the couple of times I’ve already needed to access stuff when I’m away from my computer. And it helps with the nagging fear that I’m going to lose, damage, or destroy the laptop at some point, halfway through writing a story. On the same lines, I periodically save everything to Dropbox.
    • EasyCrop for quickly adjusting image
    • I do all my presentations in Prezi
    • Twitter and Facebook are both necessary for my work and a huge time suck
  • A nice overview of why genre matters, its problems and a few thoughts on solutions.

    Tags: WriteLink, writing, freelance, 2014, writer, genre

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Writer’s Links 02/11/2014 (a.m.)

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