Context-free content: new challenges for publishers

Publishers used to control the way content was experienced. Designers read and put content in tailored layouts. Content was produced and laid out for consumption on paper and later on desktop computers. The experience could be controlled but the content landscape is changing. First, an ever expanding portion of audiences access content through mobile devices.… Continue reading Context-free content: new challenges for publishers

Storytelling lessons from “A Song of Ice And Fire”

Detail from “Der Grossvater erzählt eine Geschichte” (oil on canvas), Albert Anke, 1884.

Late as I’ve come to George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice And Fire” book series, I can’t put the books down now. They’re well-written and engaging. Engagement is — of course — the paramour of social media. If we can understand how to drive engagement over such long pieces of writing, we will become better online storytellers.… Continue reading Storytelling lessons from “A Song of Ice And Fire”

How to Establish a Writing Habit

Detail from Princess of Lamballe by Anton Hickel, 1788 at the Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

Writing is the foundation you’ll build your success upon. Believe me. Whether you’re working on a business plan, a marketing kit, looking to start a blog, a newsletter or write an ebook… writing is always the first step.It can be daunting for various reasons. Yet, it’s worth the effort. First, your thinking will get clearer.… Continue reading How to Establish a Writing Habit

Report and Curate With the Same Passion

Detail from “Strawberry Picking” by bigbirdz. Creative Commons License BY.

Recently, I wrote about the focus on original reporting that online magazines such as Salon.com and Gawker have decided to develop. According to this article by David Skok, these changes in editorial strategies are normal and have historical precedents: TIME magazine went through a similar transformation.Skok, therefore, concludes that “the aggregators of today will be the… Continue reading Report and Curate With the Same Passion

Comment structurer un récit?

Je me suis lancé dans un projet de fiction, ce mois-ci. J’essaie de suivre le rythme de NaNoWriMo (1700 mots/jour). Malheureusement, je suis encore bien en dessous. Peut-être à cause du fait que j’explore l’histoire sans avoir établi de plan. Pour en avoir le coeur net, quelques-unes de mes séances d’écriture ont été utilisée pour… Continue reading Comment structurer un récit?