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10 YouTube Videos About Writing That Are Worth a Look

Posted: 20 Jul 2010 05:50 AM PDT

There are two primary aspects of good writing: technical and content. Technical factors include the proper use of punctuation, spelling, grammar and form. Content speaks to the purpose, reader interest and composition of a written piece. Here are ten YouTube videos which address the different factors of good writing.

1. Writing Lessons: How to Write a Feature Story

John Graden discusses how to write a feature story for a magazine or newspaper. He relates the importance of having a good headline and talks about the 'So What?' factor. This three minute video is packed with useful information.

2. How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

This short series of five videos discusses the steps to writing a five paragraph essay. The author talks about pre-writing, preparing your word document, writing your essay, proofreading and formatting. This video stands out because of the cogent examples that it provides.

3. 7 steps to Better Blog Entries

This video takes four minutes to discuss the seven essential steps to receiving a better response to your blogs. The instructor's style is entertaining. He shows quite a lot of interest in the subject that he's talking about.

4. How to Use Commas in English Writing

Many writers miss the function of commas. The instructor clarifies the proper use of commas in writing and explains when they should be utilized. The video itself is nearly seven minutes long and thorough in its approach.

5. Writing Tips: How Can I Become a Better Writer?

Read as often as you can and study the techniques that superior writers use in their works. Though this video focuses on how to become a better creative writer, the tips contained within can be extrapolated for non-fiction.

6. 7 Tips to Get Into the Article Writing Zone

One complaint that writers have is that they are not completing the articles that they start. The author of this video attributes that to not being in the proper mindset. He then outlines many ways to get writers into the 'article writing zone.'

7. Top 10 Reasons for Article Rejection

Why do articles get rejected on EZinearticles? Meet Gary, a stick figure guy who has decided to write the top ten reasons for article rejection. Some issues include stolen or ripped content, blatant sales pieces and localized niche articles. This offers valuable information to would-be article marketers.

8. Power Writing (1 of 2) Brian Tracy

This YouTube posting is strictly audio and makes it on this list because the content stands out. The ways to create content are covered within the span of two ten minute offerings. The ideas presented center around the fact that the writing phase and editing phase should be separate within any piece of writing.

9. How to Write a Strategic Marketing Plan

This informative video takes the best practices for creating a marketing plan and distills them into a precise and easy to watch format. Creation of a great business plan is vital for both online and brick and mortar businesses.

10. Ray Bradbury speaks about writing

Ray Bradbury encourages writers to read often and have passion about their writing. He states that if you don't enjoy the writing, do something else. Bradbury is a living legend. His stories have won nearly every writing award in existence. Sometimes, the best advice is given to you by the masters.

Hopefully, these insights and tips will help you become the best writer that you can be.

James Adams is a full time writer who reviews products such as the HP 901 for Cartridge Save. He also writes posts on their blog about advertising, art and design.

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