#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Useful Tips For Artists Starting Out

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By Joanne Perkins

1. Be persistent

Building up a successful career takes a lot of time. You’re not going to become a successful artist overnight. Persistence is key. If you aren’t prepared to invest a lot of time into becoming a successful artist, it isn’t going to happen for you. It will more than likely take you a long time to get where you want to be and you will encounter bumps in the road along the way. It’s important to remain persistent even when something doesn’t happen or something turns out different to what you thought it would be. You have to be prepared for every eventuality and you have to let yourself get past any stumbling blocks.

2. Build up connections

It’s essential that you build up a network of connections if you want to become a successful artist. Build up an email list and notify your contacts whenever you have something to advertise, such as an exhibition or the fact that your work’s being featured in a magazine. Get your friends and family involved as well. Whenever someone supports you in any way by attending an exhibition or by buying one of your pieces, for example, maintain your connection with them by thanking them for supporting you. An excellent way of building up connections is to get yourself on as many social media sites as you can.

3. Put yourself out there

There’s a lot that can be gained from putting yourself out there. Do everything you can to learn about art and what it takes to become a professional artist. Take advantage of any opportunities that you think will be of help to you and your career, even if they don’t seem like much at the time. It’s going to take a while for you to get a sell-out exhibition at a top gallery. Until you can do that, make do with simply getting your work shown at smaller exhibitions. Start small and work your way up. Another good idea is to become involved with your local art scene. Attend events and get to know other artists in your area. Doing this is a really useful way of finding and establishing important connections.

4. Have a clear vision and realistic goals

It’s important to have an idea about what you want to do in your art career. Of course, this may well change over time, but as long as your vision’s clear, you can go about achieving your career goals more effectively. You stand a better chance of being successful if you offer something different from others, so have a think about what your unique selling point is. Once you’ve got a clear idea of what sets you apart from others, always bear this in mind. Be true to yourself and your unique vision. When it comes to goal setting, it’s important that you set goals you can realistically achieve. By all means, be ambitious, but don’t set your goals too high, otherwise you’ll just end up feeling frustrated and disappointed when you don’t achieve them. It’s better to achieve lots of smaller goals than not to have achieved any bigger goals.


Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit: http://joannesberkshirescenes.com/default.aspx

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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Secrets To Developing Your Own Style

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1. Start with what you love

You don’t just choose your style; your style is something that comes to you as you create art. The best way to go about developing your style is to start with what you love and go from there. If you’ve been creating art and you know what you love, simply go for that. If you’re not too sure, simply create lots of art and experiment in lots of different ways. Being versatile in your art is a good way of helping you realize what particular type of art you love above all others. If you create lots of different types of art, you should sooner or later come across something that you find really appealing.

2. Create lots of art

What your love is the basis for developing your style. Once you’ve got this, you can go about exploring and developing your style. Work as much as you can and create as many pieces as you can. The more you create, the more your style will develop, evolve and grow. It’s worth bearing in mind that it can take a long time for you to develop a unique style. Many artists spend years creating art in order to find their unique style – finding your style can be a long process and can therefore require a lot of your time and patience.

self_portrait_in_different_styles3. Think about what sets you apart from others

Pick an artist and look at their works to gain an idea of what their style is. What sets this artist apart from others? What’s unique about this artist’s style? Is there something common to all this artist’s pieces? Ask yourself these questions to give yourself an idea of how artists make themselves stand out. Then ask yourself these questions about your own works: what sets you apart from others? What’s unique about your style? Is there something common to your pieces?

4. Be prepared for your style to change

If you know what your style is and you’re confident it makes you stand out from the crowd, great. What you have to be prepared for is for your style to change and evolve over time. Some artists are happy to find their style and work with it for the rest of their careers. For others, sticking to one way of creating isn’t enough to satisfy their creative needs; they feel the need to always push their creativity and experiment with new styles. Even if you’re happy to stick with one style, you should be prepared for change, as changes may eventually show themselves in your works.


Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit: http://joannesberkshirescenes.com/default.aspx.

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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Easy Ways To Get Your Artwork Noticed

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By Joanne Perkins

1. Get on social media

It goes without saying that social media is an incredibly useful marketing tool. The vast majority of marketing experts would strongly recommend all brands have some social media presence. Get yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any others you want. There are some networks just for artists: DeviantArt, for example, is a very social and friendly online art community with 20 million members. Another good one is PaintingsIlove, a social network where you can get friendly feedback on your artwork.

2. Write a blog

Writing a blog gives you the chance to talk about whatever you want and share it with people. Of course, as an artist, you may well want to focus on your latest projects and how they’re coming along, but you also broaden your horizons and write about more general art topics. If you’ve managed to build up an audience for yourself, post content to your blog regularly and give your readers content they want to read. Find other bloggers who write a similar sort of content and offer to do a guest blog for them. They will then do a guest blog for you. The benefit you get from this is that you get to promote yourself to a different blogger’s audience.

guerrillagirls3. Get a website

Create a website for your artwork and your brand. Your website should be a welcoming place where potential customers can learn about you, your artwork and why you’ve chosen to go down this particular path. You should have lots of digital copies of your artwork on your website and people should easily be able to purchase any pieces they like the look of. Your website should also contain links to your social media accounts and your blog. Your blog and social media posts should hopefully bring people to your website, which is essentially your brand’s home, so to speak.

4. Make friends, build connections

Simply being online isn’t enough. You have to put yourself out there and establish connections. If you’re online and you don’t build up connections with others, you won’t get noticed, and neither will your artwork. Getting yourself online is the first step; the second is to interact with people. When doing this, you should be friendly, positive and genuine. Don’t bombard people with messages all about your artwork because they will be put off and won’t look at your work. Take a more subtle approach: engage in conversation, make positive comments on what others are doing and be more social. If you’re friendly and complimentary, people will be more likely to respond.


Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit: http://joannesberkshirescenes.com/default.aspx.

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#WriterWednesday: 5 Reasons Why Blogging Is the Ultimate Marketing Tool

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Blogging, a trend that started with commenting on existing webpages, has quickly morphed into one of the best online marketing tools available. What were originally single-sentence commentaries have evolved into pages of personal diatribes, rants, endorsements and reviews on every topic of every niche possible. Online marketers quickly realized the power of the blog and have used it to expand their efforts to capitalize on the current market.

Check out these five reasons why blog marketing is the ultimate online marketing tool:

Blogging Works At Any Budget:

One of the best features about blogging is that it works for anybody at any budget. There are tons of professional bloggers who can write authentic, simple, captivating blogs that connect with consumers at a more personal level than traditional advertising. If that doesn’t work, with a little research and editing, you can write your own blog posts for free.

Any opportunity for free or inexpensive space on the web will help your SEO efforts, and if a certain blog article is getting positive feedback, you might even consider using it as the basis for a Facebook Ad or Google AdWords Campaign.

Blogging Is Easy:

Really, the easiest way to get your copy or article online is through blogging. There are no real skills involved; blogs aren’t expected to be perfectly written formal articles. A basic understanding of writing, spelling and punctuation is important, as consumers rarely find credibility from a source that appears uneducated.

Basically, it’s like having a virtual notepad where you can express your thoughts, feelings and ideas about your business, service, product or industry, with the intention of connecting to like-minded consumers to entice them to try your product.

Blogging Is Authentic:

With advertising and corporate sponsorships saturating our whole world, many consumers are becoming very skeptical and critical of big business.

Blogging offers real people sharing their personal thoughts and experiences, untainted from the hands of big advertising and marketing agencies. Reading blogs about first-hand product use from the creators and consumers allows potential customers to minimize risk; if all these real people use and like this product, I most likely will too.

Basic consumer psychology suggests that they want to use a product that is proven, and a simple review blog will convince them to that fact much more than a splashy advertisement.

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Blogging Builds Your Network:

Chances are, if you’re just starting out, the only people who are reading your blog are your friends and family. However, that works to your advantage!

The people who care about you and read your blog will be more willing to share it to their personal networks, people who may or may not know you. The fact that your connection with them is still so close helps to lend credibility to your blog.

If the blog posts are interesting and captivating, they’ll share them yet again, helping your blog to go viral. The more people who connect and read your blog, the larger your network grows, as well as your potential for increased marketing for your business.

Blogging Builds Credibility:

The more blog articles you write, especially about a certain niche or industry, the more readers will come to depend on you as the source for information on that topic.

You will become their expert, the person who knows the most about a certain niche, forming a trusted bond in your writing. As more people read your blog and use it as a source for information, the credibility of your blog – and you – expands further, giving you more opportunities for sales for your product, service or affiliate program.

Blogging is one of the most effective methods of marketing online. You can reach a customer base at a personal level, expand your network and build your credibility with honest, well-written blog posts. Blogging will elevate not just your business, but you personally, making you a knowledgeable source for would-be bloggers who themselves are just getting started. If you have something unique to say, then start blogging today.

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#ArtsyTuesday: How to Use Cartoons to Promote Your Business or Service

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By Mike Moore

I am one Professional Speaker/Cartoonist who uses funny and relevant cartoons in all my presentations, memos and promotional activities. People begin to expect and really look forward to hearing from you when they know there will be a little humor attached to every message. As I always say:” Humor makes great things happen.”

Note: The New Yorker Magazine did a readership survey and found that the first thing their subscribers read was the cartoons.

Why Use Cartoons?

  1. Not only do cartoons get your message across but they also get and maintain audience attention. I try to use some form of humor every 6 minutes in all my speeches.
  2. Cartoons keep people on your page longer and direct their attention to a specific item or offer. They are also great at creating a sense of urgency.
  3. They make you and your offer stand out and in a world where we are exposed to hundreds of ads daily standing out is important.
  4. Cartoons are fun and people are attracted to what’s fun.
  5. We were all raised on cartoons and still find them captivating.
  6. People will remember you, your message, product and service because of your humorous ad.
  7. Cartoons are effective marketing tools. They make both you and your product unique.
  8. Cartoons entertain, inform and persuade in a gentle yet compelling manner.
  9. Cartoons are great ice breakers at a meeting or conference. They relax the audience, lighten the atmosphere, and make your reader/audience more receptive to you and your message.
  10. Cartoons deliver your message to your audience quickly.

Promotion Strategies Using Cartoons

  • Use cartoons on your printed ads, fliers etc.
  • Have a cartoon on your business card
  • Use 10-15 cartoons in a booklet to give as a gift to customers. (Minimal printing cost – maximum gain)
  • Hand out cartoon CDs to your customers/clients as a promo item.
  • Use cartoons to make your webpage come alive and keep potential clients on your site longer.
  • When you promote an event or sale use cartoons on your posters.
  • Never create an ad without a funny cartoon.
  • Just before your speech ends project a cartoon on the screen that promotes your speaking service and gives your contact information.
  • Use a cartoon on promotional items like those listed below:

Office Memos

T-shirts,

Mugs,

Business cards,

Web sites

Note pads

Mouse pads

Logos

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In all communication with friends, clients and customers use a cartoon.

It is always suggested that your promotional activities should always make you stand out from the crowd and using cartoon humor does exactly that.

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Mike Moore is a Canadian motivational speaker who is committed to helping speakers and presenters get started in the business of speaking. http://motivationalplus.com/cgi/a/t.cgi?speakbiz

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#ArtsyTuesday: How To Support Local Artists and Creatively Decorate Your Home

How Local Artwork Can Add Depth To Your Interior Designs

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Interior design is not easy. Ask any interior designer. The field is extremely competitive and the trends change on a regular basis. What was popular last year is old this year, despite how great you were at designing that way. So as an interior designer, you have to roll with the punches. Your design ideology can stay the same, but the bells and whistles will have to evolve with changing consumer tastes.

One of the biggest consumer trends as of late is “local”. More and more consumers are shopping local, going to Mom and Pop shops as opposed to the large corporations. They are beginning to shift towards local restaurants that source their food locally. They are even buying groceries that are sourced from local farmers.

So with this local mindset in mind, your interior designs should reflect locality. In particular, the artwork used in your interior designs should be from local artists. This not only matches consumer trend but it also adds a lot of depth to interior designs.

Stock Art is Boring

Interior designers are more than familiar with staging an interior. In a staging process or even in the actual design, stock art is often used. The problem with this is that stock art is boring. Many designers have fallen victim to using the same stock art in multiple interior design simply because they don’t have an abundance of art history knowledge.

Unless you have a wealth of art knowledge it can become increasingly difficult to find new and enticing artwork for your interior designs. Not having that knowledge is not a bad thing either. You are a designer, not an art curator. You are expected to design the interior of a building, not line the walls of the Louvre.

Everyone has seen one too many “Starry Nights hanging from the interior of hospitals, and plenty versions of “The Water Lilies” in hotel rooms.

Local Art is Unique

Along the same lines of stock art being boring, local art is unique. The piece of artwork from the local artist is truly unique in that there is most likely only one copy. The likelihood that duplicates have been made is extremely small. No one is trying to recreate a local artist’s work and they have been re-purposes by corporations for mass production.

This local flair adds a truly unique finishing touch to your unique interior design. It really doesn’t matter if the design is for a homeowner or a hospital, local art will provide unique aesthetics to the design.

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Local Art Creates a Story

Another reason that local artwork can add depth to your interior design is because that it can create a story. If you are putting together your design and throw up a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt, or a Picasso, there really is no back story to why you chose that piece. Sure, you can say it matches the style and tone of the room, but really you are just adding a nice, historical piece of artwork to the design.

If you end up using a local artist’s work in your design, you now have a talking point. You have a back story to tell with the piece, because the local artist has a  back story. It also gives the client a talking point, which they will appreciate. Maybe it is a unique sculpture that the artist created during a time of extreme jubilation or it is a somber painting that the artist painted while in mourning. Whatever the case is, the fact that there is a back story to each piece can really add depth into the design.

Local Art Can Reflect Your Style

Local art can also add depth to your interior designs because it can be a strong reflection of you as an interior designer. Let’s say you grew up in Texas. There is a good chance that your interior design style will have pulled from a lot of experiences you had while growing up in Texas. If you design interiors in Texas, and use local artwork from Texas, they may have pulled some influence and inspiration from similar experiences.

Overall, the local artwork can be a reinforcement of your style and inspiration. The finishing touches are often noticed first and using local artwork is a great way to appease the tastes of clients.

#ArtsyTuesday: Visual Art is Worth a Thousand Words

Guest blog post from Vicki Krohn Amorose
Author of Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists
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The Power of Words

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Online and offline, artists need to set aside some time to write about their work and really focus on that task. The web has increased the necessity to build bridges to your audience and express yourself in words. Words are powerful.

I’m very familiar with how artists resist and resent the task of writing. Many are recovering from their educations, and writing a statement or promotional materials feels like homework.

I also understand, as an artist myself, how ideas are expressed in the “languages” of art because words aren’t enough. But here we are in a culture of self-promotion. Selling and marketing revolve around the written and spoken word. Words bring the opportunities and connections that artists need to sustain a career.

Remember, you are writing to connect. Visual artists need to reach gallery owners, show jurors, news writers, bloggers, funders, and fill out forms for grants and residency awards. (Fill in the blanks for your own art form and goals.)

If you can clearly express yourself, in words, you can call attention to yourself. No one can predict how the Internet, the economy, and other factors will impact the art world in the future, but one thing is fairly certain: if you are not willing or able to communicate in written language, you will greatly reduce the chances of getting your artwork noticed, taken seriously, and sold.

patrice murcianoI dislike snarky criticism of artist statements and the lack of real help out there. So I wrote a concise, clear book on the subject. I’m an artist advocate and I see how the information is needed.

You don’t have to be a marketing expert to understand this: Avoiding your written communication until it becomes a despised last-minute chore makes no business sense, and you are in the business of art.

There is no need to write lengthy manifestos full of artspeak. A small amount of simple and authentic text will serve you well. And once it’s written, you’ll have the confidence to put yourself out there. Education happens all your life. You can learn to sort out your thoughts so you’ll be able to write and speak about your art with clarity!

#FridayReads: Essential Social Media Tips for Artists

By Ann Smarty:

Artists have gained a platform for unlimited reach. The use of the Internet, and especially social networks, to promote work in all mediums has become common place. People who might never have been discovered by those outside of their local space are now gaining visibility across the world.

From street artists showing off their creations on Instagram, to acapella groups becoming sensations through YouTube, social media provides a unique way of showing others what you’ve got.

But it is also a place of limitless talent, and it can be hard not to get lost in crowd of others scrambling for recognition. Some artists are incredible, and yet even years after starting a Tumblr account they have barely managed to break a couple thousand views.

It is all about social strategy, and really, the formula for artists is not much different for anyone else. First, let’s look at a case study of one artist who managed to break 104,000 Facebook fans. Then, we will look at some simple ways to help you do the same, no matter what platform you choose.

Tony O’Connor: Master Of Horses

Tony O’Connor is probably one of the best known artists on Facebook. He first came to prominence online in 2012, though he has been on the scene much longer. Originally a blacksmith (6th generation, according to him), he always saw a great deal of grace and beauty in the form of horses.

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So, what did he do? He decided to draw them. After attending art school, he began to specialize in equine art, and opened a Facebook page where he shares his many masterpieces for an appreciative audience of fans.

His Facebook fan page is actually a big part of how he became as well-known as he is. His detailed work stands on its own, of course, and Facebook is a great platform for showing it off

But it goes beyond that fact. Tony’s Facebook page is a place where he engages with fans, and sells his work without really selling it. In fact, that could be seen as the most unique quality about his page. He doesn’t do any hard selling, or even real promotion. He just shows his work, talks about it, and enters into discussions with the many people who flock to his pictures.

He has a sense of sincerity and humbleness that have gotten him far. Now, after three years since its creation, more than 104,000 people have liked his page. More telling, his website where he sells his work is constantly sold out of original pieces.

Tips For Artists Using Social Media Promotion

We can learn a lot from his tactics, but there are other relevant tips you might want to implement into your own social strategy when promoting your work.

Remember That You Are An Artist

Alright, so this might seem stupidly obvious. But too many artists will fail to show off their personality when sharing their work, which is part of the persona that attracts people to the work in the first place.

It is the same reason people to this day love hearing the quirks, habits and even nastiness of the lives of painters, writers, actors musicians and anyone else who captured the heart’s of their audience through their work and passion.

Injecting a bit of yourself or persona into your posts can have a huge impact. For example, cartoonist Chris Simpson’s Twitter page is dripping with the weirdness he is best known for. He has more than 130,000 followers as a result.

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Have A Socially Optimized Gallery/Portfolio

I have seen so many examples of artists of different mediums who make it impossible to share their content. That is usually due to a lack of understanding of the value of spreading your work for free.

Your website, and especially the areas hosting your work, should be optimized to make it easy to share on social networks. Here are some clues for you to pick an affordable and reliable blog hosting. And here’s an essential checklist to launch a site.

Provide buttons, make sure copyright protection coding isn’t blocking sites like Pinterest, and learn the different services popular for your industry, and how they collaborate.

For instance, did you know that Pinterest can host and play Soundcloud clips and YouTube videos? Or that Twitter and Tumblr can post multiple images next to one another in a grid formation? Make it as simple as possible for users to take advantage of these features.

Consider Blogging, But Not For Promotion

Promote other artists, look at local shows, explore past geniuses, etc. Bringing visibility to you will strengthen your own authority, and inevitably assist in bringing people’s attention to your social media pages and portfolio/sales site where your work is being shown. It is a circle of benefits that continues to turn as you release high quality content of value to readers.

Here are some productivity tips letting you put together useful content without burning out.

Connect With Other Artists

Some of the greatest success artists find is often after they have connected with other artists. Connections are important in this world, as are collaborations and information sharing.

Social media is a great way to engage other artists one-on-one from both your local area, and across the world. You may end up with opportunities you never would have found, as you further expand your personal network.

Cross-Promote!

Don’t limit yourself with one platform… There are so many social media channels that can benefit artists and there’s nothing wrong in sharing your content on all of them. These are the most obvious ones:

  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Deviant Art
  • Flickr
  • Medium
  • and many more!

There’s no way you can be active on all of them: With time you’ll realize which ones work best for you. But keeping your presence everywhere is essential for brand building and reputation management. Use Knowem to discover more social networks to claim your brand name.

Conclusion

Social media is a great way for artists to find one another, and to reach new fans. There are plenty of examples of others who have used it to their advantage, and created a huge pool of appreciative viewers. We live in an age now where an artist online is the equivalent of one who is being viewed in a gallery.

Take advantage of the tool and start exploiting all of your resources. As long as you are genuine, you will see success.

#WriterWednesday: 6 Books Every Writer Should Have On Their Bookshelf

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Every writer knows that reading is essential to good writing. Here are six books that all writers should have on their bookshelves for reference. If you don’t have them all, get them today.

The Writer’s Market

For every freelance writer or write who dreams of getting published one day, The Writer’s Market is an invaluable resource. Every year a new edition of The Writer’s Market is published, and it contains information about almost every single publication that take submissions. Detailed information is given regarding what that publication pays, what type of work it accepts, how to submit, and more. Submissions are organized by genre, and the book also contains helpful information and advice on writing query letters and following up with your submissions.

The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White is a classic book that’s been popular with writers, professors, and editors for decades. It’s a timeless book that gives concise, easy-to-understand advice on writing style and guidelines that work for improving the work of all types of writers. While “style” certainly varies from writer to writer, the “elements of style” in this book are simple rules that work for everyone and truly make for better writing, no matter the genre or personal style of a writer.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A dictionary is essential for all writers, and The Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a solid choice. There are many different dictionary publications, and it really doesn’t matter which one you choose, so long as you have one. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has been trusted for centuries, and it’s updated every year to reflect changes or new word entries.

The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus

Another bookshelf staple is a thesaurus, and The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus is a popular choice. Once again, there are many different thesaurus publications to choose from; it’s just important that you have one. The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus contains more than 150,000 synonyms and antonyms, and it includes example sentences and brief definitions.

The Associated Press Stylebook

For journalists, The AP Stylebook is a must-have reference tool. All news writers can benefit from this book that helps to clear up just about all of the word usage questions you could ever have. The AP Stylebook contains incredibly useful information and rules on spelling, capitalization, punctuation, proper nouns, number usage, and much more. It’s updated every year to reflect any changes, and the dictionary-style layout makes it easy for you to look up the answer to any question you have while writing.

The Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is a book just like The AP Stylebook, but it is intended more for book authors and editors. It contains many more rules and guidelines, so it’s a helpful reference to supplement The AP Stylebook for journalists, too. It’s updated every year, and while there are some conflicts with rules in The AP Stylebook, this is the go-to reference for authors.

Author Byline: Jacob Smith is a teacher and freelance writer.  He enjoys writing and is currently involved is a writing project for nanowrimo.

#WriterWednesday: Pursuing a Career as a Writer? Here Are 5 Ways to Sharpen Your Writing Skills

For some, choosing a college major can be daunting. After all, you have a wide range of majors available, and the one you choose will help you start planning your future career. Many choose a major based upon their talent and personal interests. If you have a love of the English language and love to show off your creative site, then you should explore pursuing a career as a writer. You have different career options available including working as a professional journalist, content editor, technical writer, and online media writer, among others. But, in order to be a professional writer, you should obtain as much writing experience as possible.

Whether you’re currently applying to college and are already working with an essay tutor, or are in college and want to improve your writing skills, listed below are five ways you can tone up your writing and get a feel for what it’s like to work as a professional writer.

  1. Join the school newspaper: Does your high school or college have a school newspaper? If so, join the staff. You can pick which section of the newspaper you’d like to write for, or write for multiple sections. Not only will this help you improve your writing skills, but you can become more familiar with the activities and events currently taking place at your school.
  2. Intern: While in college, intern as a writer. You have a variety of options available such as interning for a local newspaper, publishing company, or a writing department within a company. Interning will help you improve your writing skills and get a feel for what it’s like to write as a professional.
  3. Hire a tutor: Hiring a tutor is a highly beneficial way to help you sharpen your writing skills. A tutor will help you improve your grammar skills and English composition, as well as teach you about the different types of writing styles. Learning the different writing styles will help you academically and help you determine which type of writing career you wish to pursue. Also, if you’re applying to college, you can improve your academic writing with an essay tutor.
  4. Start a blog: Blogging is becoming an increasingly popular activity as well as profession. There are various blog sites available in which you can join for free or buy a domain and host your own site. Think of what topic(s) you like to write about. Do you have a strong interest in health?  If so, start a health blog. Keep your blog consistent and gain readers. Also, allow readers to post and comment. In addition, go online and read other blogs.
  5. Freelance: Freelancing allows you to enhance your writing as well as post your content online for audiences to read. On the web you can find a myriad of sites that accept content from freelancers.  When you find a site you’re interested in freelancing for, ask about their guidelines and starting writing.   

Whether you choose to join your school’s newspaper, or start a blog, these are all great ways to help you improve your writing skills and lead the way to a successful career as a professional writer.  

Author Byline: Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer who blogs on a variety of topics. Follow her @MissWritey.


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