Writing

👉 Create by curating

Posted: November 24, 2022
Word count: 796 (3 min)

👋 Hi! I’m Tom, and this is the Best Writing Newsletter (Issue #18). Every Thursday, I send great reads, tools, jobs, tips, and friendly encouragement to do your best writing.

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Tomas Laurinavicius

Co-founder & Chief Editor, Best Writing

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Creating by curating.

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett

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Creating original content is time and energy-consuming and gets expensive.

Consider content curation.

What is it? Essentially, it's sharing someone else's content.

Not a new concept at all. Art galleries curate works of art, fashion editors curate clothing trends, radio stations curate music, and so on.

Some benefits:

  1. Build relationships in your industry
  2. Build trust via social proof
  3. Provide value to your audience

To learn how to start curating content like a pro, study these 16 content curation examples and why they work.


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Writing Tip of the Week

🏦 Build a quote bank. This week’s tip comes from Tina Donati.

3 quote must-dos for writers:

  1. Build a list of SMEs, send Google form with Q&As for all upcoming articles.
  2. Create a "Quote Bank." Save quotes from interviews, emails, testimonials, etc. Pull whenever.
  3. No time to schedule an interview? Send questions & ask for Loom reply.

Best Writing Examples

Discover sharp copy, inspiring quotes, and powerful messaging from the best apps, websites, magazines, and books.

Say what you do without saying what you do. Pretty example from Clay, a relationship management app.

When in doubt, default to personalization. Source: Apple.

Enough said. Stihl: The Original Playstation.


Best Reads

Favorite stories from Writer News.

🗽 Establishing Topical Authority. To accelerate growth and generate quality search traffic, you need to tell a unified story with your content, one chapter at a time.

📞 Discovery Calls. Whether or not to offer discovery calls to potential freelance writing clients is a difficult question to answer definitively.

Think of it this way. Would you give $5,000 to someone you’d never talked to before? Probably not.

🪴 Content Growth Framework. A four-step framework outlining the lifecycle of a content asset as well as the four key areas that content marketing teams should focus on as they develop their plans.

✍️ Writer News is a new place for writers to share their work, get feedback, and discuss writing. Invite-only. Join the waitlist here.


Cool Tools

Interesting apps and software for curious writers.

Jiffy Reader. This Chrome extension promises to 10X your reading speed with the simplest brain hack ever.

SmartWriter. Generate thousands of personalized emails that get you 8x more replies within minutes using AI.

Unclutter. This Chrome extension makes articles easier to read without changing their visual style.

Potion. Create custom Notion websites in minutes. Generate a speedy site with custom domains, styles and great SEO.


Food for Thought

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour


Did You Know?

👨‍🚀 One of Douglas Adams’s early jobs was as a bodyguard to a Qatari family of oil tycoons.

He also had a job cleaning a chicken-shed at one point. The ‘eureka moment’ for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came when he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria in the early 1970s.


Best Writing Jobs

Find your next writing job, freelance gig, or side hustle.

  1. Contract Content Lead at Reddit (Remote)
  2. Freelance SEO Writer at The Content Studio (Remote)
  3. Freelance Writer's Assistant at Sutoscience (Remote)
  4. Part-Time TV and Movies Writer at Inverse (Remote, US)
  5. Full-Time Content Writer at Synapse (Remote, US)

💼 Check all open roles or become a member to get daily job alerts.

Hiring writers? Use the code “FIRSTJOB” at checkout to get $100 off your first job post.


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Until next week,

Tomas Laurinavicius

Co-founder, Best Writing (formerly Content Writing Jobs)

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