The ASJA Weekly
Aug. 29, 2013

How to Organize Your Notes for a Round-Up Before You Tear Out Your Hair
By Margie Goldsmith
Online publications such as and have always included round-ups and slideshows, but these days, more and more print magazines are requesting them. While we all prefer to write pithy experiential pieces, it's not easy to turn down round-ups especially as, on the whole, they pay decently. If you're new to the genre, round-ups can lead you to tear out your hair and take a sledgehammer to your computer. Here are some ways to avoid that.

How to Get The Most Out of Your Expert Interview
10,000 Words
Whether you're new to the journalism trade or just introverted, interviewing can be a daunting task – especially when you're on deadline. In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran writers give tips on how you can get the most out of your interviews, and what tools to use in the process. Though we have all sorts of technology to help us nowadays with recording and transcribing, there are some skills that will always be necessary in the art of interviewing.More

Literally vs. Figuratively
Writer's Digest
There's a big contemporary argument as to whether or not you can use literally as hyperbole. Sticklers for grammar (and many editors) who don't believe in using literally when you mean figuratively will call out your grammatical misstep.More

6 Second Storytelling Advice
Author and comedian Ted Travelstead has built an ongoing story with Twitter's Vine video tool, playing both characters in a funny set of conversations between hillbilly twins in the big city. You can watch all his Twins Talkin' videos here. We've embedded the first video in his series below. He called the six-second video platform "a fun, goofy toy."More

Playboy Among Most Accurate Magazines, Grammarly Finds
The editing service Grammarly looked at articles in top men's and women’s magazines, checking for "spelling, grammar and punctuation errors." The most accurate men's magazine it found was GQ. Ladies' Home Journal was the most accurate women's title. Playboy was No. 4 on Grammarly's list of accurate men's magazines, the same position held by Family Circle on its list of women's mags. More

I Wasn't Born Yesterday: The Beauty of Backstory
Poets & Writers
Stories are built on the premise that the past shapes the present. Regret, nostalgia, guilt, grief—they are the building blocks of fiction. Ever since Lot's wife glanced back at the city she was fleeing, the characters we've encountered in literature have been unable to keep themselves from looking to the past. It's human nature, after all. Despite the warnings — don't look back or you'll turn to salt — we are preoccupied with our own personal histories, and with our inability to change or reclaim them. More

Small Victory for Apple: Judge Tells Government Not to Regulate App Store in E-books Case
A federal judge said at a hearing that the Department of Justice can't regulate Apple's App Store, as it had sought to do in its proposed injunction against Apple.More

The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the 4 Stages of Creativity, 1926
Brain Pickings
How to master the beautiful osmosis of conscious and unconscious, voluntary and involuntary, deliberate and serendipitous.More