The Rundown 5/13/16: Your Desk and Devices are Trying to Kill You and Other News

Today's top post again comes from HubSpot. This handy little infographic details all of the ways your computer, tablet, and phone are slowly trying to kill you (especially if used while sitting). Also, publishing data tidbits from Smashwords and a post by Brian Wilkerson on writing settings versus just plain plots.

The Hazards of Working a Desk Job & How to Overcome Them [HubSpot]

Sore neck. Blurred vision. Difficulty focusing. The feeling that your eyes are being burned into oblivion by your computer screen. If you've been experiencing any (or all) of these symptoms, there's a good chance that you're suffering from a terrible affliction known as "working a desk job."

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2016 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insight into the Habits of Bestselling Authors [Smashwords]

My goal with the Survey is to help Smashwords authors and publishers identify opportunities to reach more readers.

The Smashwords Survey takes a data-driven approach to identify potential best practices that can give you an incremental advantage.

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Don't write Plots; write Settings [Trickster Eric novels]

When writing a story, don't write a plot. Instead, write a setting where such a plot can occur. This will increase your story potential and force you to think more deeply about your characters. Other authors and myself have seen this multiplying affect. It can work for you as well.

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