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Squidoo – A Tool for Writers

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series SQUIDOO This

Squidoo Book Monster

Squidoo is a great site for writers and the brainchild of marketing master Seth Godin. I’ve spent the last two weeks swimming around that vast cyber ocean known as Squidoo and find it fascinating. It can be a great tool for writers.

10 ways writers can use Squidoo

  1. For new writers who want or need to practice their craft, creating a “lens” is perfect. By its nature a lens is organized and has a tightened focus, plus you have the reward of publishing a finished lens.
  2. For writers who look for other writers, Squidoo is designed to foster community. You are encouraged to read, to comment and to learn from others. The communal spirit and willingness to help is phenomenal.
  3. For writers who seek ways to gain attention for their online work, creating lenses can help with cross-promotion, backlinks and all that other handy stuff needed.
  4. For writers who work on other projects but want a quick change of pace, creating a lens is a playful and productive way to free the mind and let it spin.
  5. For writers who are deep in research, creating a lens about a particular place, event, person or topic may be a productive way to deepen your thinking about the subject, gather your thoughts together, and, in the process,  produce and publish a lens.
  6. For writers who have out-of-print nonfiction work, creating lenses by re-purposing content may be a quick way to revive old material.
  7. For writers who want multiple ways to promote their books, creating lenses that focus on the book, the topic, or an aspect of the story or relate their writing process might lead to new readers.
  8. For writers who are in search of some extra income–and who among us isn’t?–creating lenses may, over time, help fill a writer’s piggybank.
  9. For writers whose minds are stuck and who can’t turn on the writing engine, creating a lens might ignite the subconscious, trigger an epiphany and get that writer over the blank page hump.
  10. For writers who like to practice their skills but insist on a productive and useful way of doing so, creating a lens may provide a way to keep the keyboard clicking and their mind ticking.

So, there are 10 ways Squidoo can help writers. I’m sure there are plenty more. Ready to play? Go to the world of SQUIDOO.

Come back and share your experience. You’re a Lensmaster already? Tell me what you think.

Oh, you want to see my lens? It’s the first one ever. Here you go:

DAIRY QUEEN by ┬áCatherine Gilbert Murdock – Book Review


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