Friday with the Wordaholic

The homeless read mean tweets.

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While keyboard warriors sit comfortably behind the screen, these homeless people are seeking for screens to protect themselves. Watch as people living with homelessness read mean tweets about homelessness. Their reactions will remind you the conversation around the issue needs to change. All humans should work together.

Raising the Roof #HumansForHumans

 

http://www.humansforhumans.ca

 

9 great things writers do everyday

A copywriter. A content creator. A storyteller.

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Sounds like a tall order for writers huh? People expect really good, really engaging and really awesome content from you. How about now? What if you could tell them that it takes some serious effort to create great stuff? Well, you should, cause they wouldn’t know.

Here are 9 things great writers do everyday to do just the above. Written by Neil Patel (), this article is plucked from Hubspot’s blog and the original article can be found here.

 

1) Read something really well written.

The next few tips have to do with reading. One of the best ways to become a better writer is to read what others have written. You’re not going to become a solid professional writer if you spend all day reading low-quality content. But if you spend more of your day reading professional-grade content, then you will improve.

The tough thing is, you have to be discerning to find the really good stuff online. To start, here’s a list of places where the content quality stays high:

Don’t be afraid to pay for top-tier content. There’s a reason it costs money, and it’s often well worth it.

2) Read something funny.

Reading humor can help shake up your brain in ways that loosen up the creative portions and help you produce better content. If you need to get your fix of Buzzfeed or The Oatmeal, go ahead. Don’t feel guilty about it.

Sometimes, the best few minutes of your day are spent laughing. You’ll enjoy a lot of benefits besides just the kick you got out of the hilarious content. You’ll enjoy the benefit of writing better content yourself. Your content may not be funny, but it will be good.

3) Read something outside of your niche.

If you want to get better, read broader.

Reading other stuff — really different stuff — has a way of cross-pollinating your own writing specialty. For example, maybe you write about conversion rate optimization all day. If that’s the case, then take a few minutes to read a blog about yoga.

Yoga?! Why? Because the style, approach, and nature of content that is outside your niche can help you within your niche.

Good writing, regardless of what it’s about, will help you become a better writer.

4) Read something you wrote in the past.

Great orators spend hours watching their speeches. Professional athletes analyze videos of their moves. Politicians watch themselves on TV.

You’re a writer, so you should read content that you wrote in the past. The goal of reading past content is not to edit it. It’s too late for that. Instead, you want to learn from it.

  • What was good about it?
  • What things do you write best about?
  • What wasn’t so good?
  • What sounds awkward?

Ask yourself those questions and spend a few minutes getting a better understanding of how you’re doing as a writer.

5) Write for at least 30 minutes.

The most powerful tip in this whole list is right here: Write for at least 30 minutes every workday. (Skip the weekends; you deserve the break.)

To become a better writer, you have to write. A lot. Every day. There’s no way to improve without actually doing it.

When you get into the habit of writing on a daily basis, your brain begins to anticipate it and prepare for it. This is especially true if you write at the same time each day. Way before you put hands to the keyboard, the brain’s juices are flowing, allowing you to be more creative, more precise, and more skillful during your writing time.

Every 30 minutes that you spend writing is 30 minutes that you’re getting better. Progress may not be huge, but at least it’s progress.

6) Force yourself to talk to someone.

Talking is different from writing. But talking can help you become a better writer, too.

If you want to write better, then talk better. You can’t improve your talking skills by staying silent all day.

If you work by yourself, call up a friend. If you work in an office, shoot the breeze over lunch or coffee. Just pick someone, and be conversational. Using your writing skills to some verbal interchange will actually help your writing become better.

7) Go for a walk.

Science has proven that taking a walk helps us think better. Some even say that it makes us smarter.

Let’s face it. Writing is a mental challenge. You must be in keen mental shape to be able to produce the kind of stuff that you’re producing.

So, if you want to sharpen your mind, then get out of your chair, head for the door, and don’t come back for at least 10 minutes. This isn’t a brainstorming walk. You don’t have to think about anything, let alone your subject matter. Instead, you just move your body, and your mind will take care of the rest.

8) Write fast.

It may sound strange, but some of my best content is stuff that I wrote really fast.

Obviously, it had tons of typos and grammar errors, but overall, the content itself was pretty darn good.

I’ve recently discovered the reason for this. The mind can generate thoughts way faster than the hands can type them. If, however, you’re able to type faster, you’re able to transcribe more of those thoughts, along with extra nuance and clarity.

Your fingers will never be able to match the speed at which you think, but when you do produce content rapidly, it has a much better chance of aligning with what you’re thinking.

I’ve met people who say “Oh I can’t write. It just comes so slow!” Actually, I bet they could write, if only they type it out faster.

You don’t have to turn on your supersonic speed all the time, but it’s helpful to get in the habit of writing fast.

Write fast. Edit slow.

9) Google any grammar questions.

An important part of writing is the mechanical stuff — making sure you’re not breaking any grammar laws or violating any rules.

(A few well-intentioned rule breaking is okay, but if you’re being sloppy, that’s just bad form.)

If you come up against a grammar issue while you’re writing, do a quick Google search on it. It will only take a few minutes, but you’ll definitely learn something and possibly avoid an embarrassing mistake. Get into the habit of double-checking your grammar, even if you’re only slightly suspicious of your potential mistake.

Conclusion

Stay positive. Nobody becomes a better writer automatically. It takes months, even years, to form habits. But once those habits are in place, things can flow without any thought and hardly any effort. Before you know it, your writing is improving exponentially.

What things do you do to become a better writer?

 

These are daily habits. So take note.

 

 

Newcastle’s much anticipated Big Game ad

Here we gooooooo…

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“It’s the most exciting, most jam-packed, most fiscally responsible big game ad ever. It’s Newcastle’s Band of Brands big game ad, featuring 37 of the universe’s best brands… and a dental office in Pittsburgh. #BandOfBrands”

Oh, the excitement! Enjoy!

 

37 brands for 1 big game ad

 

Let’s be friends furever

Android celebrates togetherness with unlikely animal buddies.

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Getting dogs and cats together? That’s gonna be hysterical. The closest they come together is the phrase, “Raining cats and dogs”.

Well, Droga5 certainly proved all of us wrong as the latest for Google’s Android is nothing short of adorable (unlikely) animal buddies. From tigers to tortoises, this spot makes you wish you were one of those animals – carefree, clueless and just enjoying life without boundaries.

With Roger Miller’s 1973 “Oo-De-Lally” tune from Disney’s animated Robin Hood soundtrack, this insanely cute spot claims to be done without any CGI, just real animals.

Enjoy the spot from Android’s “Be together. Not the same” campaign.

 

Same same but different. Friends furever…

 

3 amazing films we are competing against

Finalist again for Adfest.

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While last year’s win in the Radio Lotus put us – Lucideas Creative – on the advertising map, this year’s competition would be a tougher one. New Straits Times‘ “Viral Outbreak” won the award under “Best of Travel, Entertainment and Communication Media”.

This year, we are the finalist for Film Lotus, under “Best of Communication Media & Publications”. In fact, we have two entries, “Cloud of Confusion” and “Caught Up In The Fire”.

The competition consists of “Life is not a marathon” by Recruit Points (2014 Bronze Lion winner), “I am Mumbai” by Mumbai Mirror and “Blind taste” by Thairath TV. These videos are brilliant in their own way, from film production right up to the idea-storming sessions.

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Check out the competition, and let us know who are your possible winners. ;)

“Cloud of Confusion” by New Straits Times, Malaysia

 

“Caught up in the fire” by New Straits Times, Malaysia

 

“Life is not a marathon” by Recruit Points, Japan

 

“Blind taste” by Thairath TV, Thailand

 

“I am Mumbai” by Mumbai Mirror, India

 

It’s heating up alright

 

Throwback Thursday

A little laughter goes a long way.

76TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

Here’s Hollywood funny men Jack Black and Will Ferrell enlightening the crowd with some awesome singing at the 76th Annual Academy Awards.

Get Off The Stage

 

You’re boring…

 

It’s only human to heat things up

The sharper read gets human.

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What was heating up soon exploded out of control. The latest installment of New Straits Times‘ A Sharper Read campaign digs deep into the human’s practical action of news consumption. As we are bombarded with news from all over the world, what catches our attention are speculative and controversial news, most of the time baseless.

The spot features a second-by-second account of the event shows how news would be translated and depicted by the people. The slow-motion shot of the fire looks awesome, keeping the audience at the edge of their seat. Kudos to the stuntmen!

A 30-seconder will be aired on local TV soon. Watch it and read it and tell us what d’ya think?

 

Firefighters In A Blaze (Teaser Video)

Caught Up In The Fire (Full Video)

Supers/Copy
Here comes 4.12 am on a not-so-good day
Here come casualties 5 and 6
Here comes the negligence suit
Here comes the truth and the lies
Here comes the speculation
Here come the Facebook likes

Because it’s only human to fan the fire

The facts and insight give a clearer picture

The New Straits Times
A Sharper Read

 

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Credits
Creative Agency: Lucideas Creative
Production House: Reservoir World
Post-Production: Outpost Post Production

 

Don’t get caught up in the fire