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Writing will never earn you a paycheck. Only rewriting can do that. Scribble all you want, just be sure and scrub up really well afterward.
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Byliner Weekly: The Best Magazine Stories of 2011

Byliner Weekly: The Best Magazine Stories of 2011 | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Nominees for the Oscars of the magazine world were announced this week. Properly known as the National Magazine Awards, these honor the best stories published in the past year. Winners will be crowned in early May, but there's no reason not to start enjoying the stories immediately.


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Style Tiles as a Web Design Process Tool

Style Tiles as a Web Design Process Tool | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Architectural material swatch boards applied to web design:  "Letting your client know you aren’t just throwing darts at a board builds trust, but collaborative communication is what helps clients feel even more endeared to the final product."


(A concept interior designers--and even writers and editors will identify with. We all use a version of this at some stage in our work).


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7 Blog Blunders That Kill Traffic | MoonPreneur

7 Blog Blunders That Kill Traffic | MoonPreneur | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
You've worked hard: you set up your site, put your most passionate and persuasive voice into your content.

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Frustrated Writers: You Are Not Alone

Frustrated Writers: You Are Not Alone | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Writing is not supposed to be easy. Reading is supposed to be easy. Writing is an MMA bout with a triathlon thrown in. Writing is work. And it requires patience. The good news? You will see, so long as you just hang on.

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How to Ask a Smart Question

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"The title of this essay is "How to Ask a Smart Question" and I have tried to lay out some general guidelines and pitfalls to avoid when you pose questions to gain a greater understanding. I wish I could tell you that asking such questions comes easily; it doesn't. Rather, it's an intellectual habit or a disciplined way of thinking that you can only learn by doing. After all, an expert can give you pointers on shooting a free throw or hitting a golf ball, but you only get good at it with practice."


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How to Breathe Life Into a Boring Email Newsletter

How to Breathe Life Into a Boring Email Newsletter | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
Learn why many email newsletters fail, and the components you need to ensure your email newsletter is successful.

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What I really do: SEO

What I really do: SEO | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

After writing and editing articles, you want people to actually read them. That's where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes in. Unfortunately, most people think you're really just playing computer games. But here's what I really do . . .

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What lies ahead for science and science writing? - MIT News Office

What lies ahead for science and science writing? - MIT News Office | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
10th anniversary of MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing celebrates past, looks to future.
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The Fatal Flaw of the Storyteller | Psychology Today

The Fatal Flaw of the Storyteller | Psychology Today | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Your memory changes every time you tell a story. By Nate Kornell, Ph.D....

 

"A recent New York Times series revealed a lot about Apple's manufacturing process in China. Although the articles were fascinating, they weren't full of drama or poignant moments. They weren't stories. This American Life ran the opposite sort of story. Mike Daisey, a storyteller adopting the guise of a journalist, told about his own investigation of Apple. His story was chock full of dramatic moments. It was also full of lies.

To their credit, This American Life put together an amazing show chronicling in graphic detail what went wrong."

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Amazon and Book Review Ownership | ePublish a Book

Amazon and Book Review Ownership | ePublish a Book | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
Did you know that once you post a review on Amazon, they own the rights to the review? And they prevent authors from using the review for promotional purposes?...

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Procrastination — The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

Procrastination — The Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

"Everyone procrastinates. We put things off because we don't want to do them, or because we have too many other things on our plates. Putting things off—big or small—is part of being human. If you are reading this handout, however, it is likely that your procrastination is troubling you. You suspect that you could be a much better writer if only you didn't put off writing projects until the last minute. You find that just when you have really gotten going on a paper, it's time to turn it in; so, you never really have time to revise or proofread carefully. You love the rush of adrenalin you get when you finish a paper ten minutes before it's due, but you (and your body) are getting tired of pulling all-nighters. You feel okay about procrastinating while in college, but you worry that this habit will follow you into your working life."


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I chose this article because I am that students who procrastinate on writing assignments. According to this article, I am the more “skilled procrastinator” because I use the excuse that I have to clean everything before I do my work. The author says, that it is a “trap” because I wasted my whole time cleaning, not leaving any time for my assignments. I always wondered why I have to clean before I do work. Now I know that I was using cleaning as an excuse to not do my work and to make me feel better that at least I used my time on cleaning than being on my phone but in reality it wasn't being helpful to me because I still wasted my homework time. The author provides sections that explains why students procrastinate and different ways to overcome procrastination. In one of the sections, the author explains that a student should set a time limit but do not over do the time limit, the example the author uses, “ ‘Must work on Hemingway essay all weekend’ ” this doesn't motivate a student so the author suggest to set a time limit for an hour or two and if the student still wants to continue writing, then do so. There are many other sections that I found very useful. I believe the author’s audience is for students who procrastinate in writing and for those who hate writing.
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Do You Suffer From the Dunning-Kruger Effect? | Nettuts+

Do You Suffer From the Dunning-Kruger Effect? | Nettuts+ | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

"The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to recognize their mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority."

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The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom

The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Peterson writes about an interdisciplinary unit she conducted combining science study of Land and Water with blues songs about life on the Mississippi River - extracting rich narratives from the songs' lyrics. Pictures and music included. -JL


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How to improve your writing in 15 minutes | Articles

How to improve your writing in 15 minutes | Articles | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
A quarter-hour a day can bolster your skill; just be diligent. (We all spend countless hours on social media sites.

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Pinterest is Now the No. 3 Social Network in the U.S. [STUDY]

Pinterest is Now the No. 3 Social Network in the U.S. [STUDY] | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Pinterest is now the number three social network in the U.S. in terms of visits, behind Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian Hitwise.


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21 Tips to Keep Your Writing Sharp | Heidi Cohen

21 Tips to Keep Your Writing Sharp | Heidi Cohen | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Every writer has days when they sit down to write and the words just don’t flow onto the page. The problem writers have is, when their heart isn’t in their writing, it shows. (Here's how to overcome your writing demons).


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Second Chance  | American Journalism Review

Second Chance  | American Journalism Review | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

It's hard to remember the days before the Internet. But it's been just shy of two decades since news organizations traded picas for pixels in their first forays into the land of the Web. And since they fell flat on their faces.

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Magazines' Digital Circulation More Than Doubles | MediaWorks - Advertising Age

Magazines' Digital Circulation More Than Doubles | MediaWorks - Advertising Age | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
Publishers' digital circulation more than doubled in the most recent reporting period. But digital is still only about 1% of the industry's total.

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Benefits of hiring an editor: Why this is a specialized job

"The true value of an editor is not just to make sure your grammar and commas are correct. For that, you can hire a proofreader for around $20–35 per hour, depending on prevailing local rates and the nature of the copy that you need to have checked. What professional editors really do is help you think clearly and save you from embarrassment, or worse."

 

[Some great examples here of what editors really do and why you need one, no matter how fantastic your writing skills.]

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ESPN should find ways to cover the Trayvon Martin story rather than become part of it | Poynter.

ESPN should find ways to cover the Trayvon Martin story rather than become part of it | Poynter. | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

"This is a basic tenet of journalism that is becoming lost in this day of social media – also known as slacktivism. It feels good to join a popular movement by slapping a bumper sticker on your car or wearing your heart on your sleeve. But with a little work, and a little self-restraint, journalists can do so much more."

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10 Best Practice Tips for Facebook Page Content Publishing | Jeffbullas's Blog

10 Best Practice Tips for Facebook Page Content Publishing | Jeffbullas's Blog | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

These tips will help you increase your engagement and interaction with fans so that they will keep coming back and provide you with valuable feedback that will drive inquiry and sales and keep you on top of your market segment with real time...

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The Curator's Code Transcript

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One of the greatest assets of the internet is that it leads to great content discoveries that readers might not otherwise be able to find.

 

We the Curators of Scoop.it, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Curator's Code . . .


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Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines

Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
What can a single sentence accomplish? How do writers achieve different effects in sentences?
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Humor writer says he’s uncovered another serial plagiarist | Poynter.

Standing for journalism, strengthening democracy | Journalism training, media news & how to's...
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The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
Each year writers and editors submit over three thousand grammar and style questions to the Q&A page at The Chicago Manual of Style...
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