Though it should go without saying, most of us spend time learning what our audience wants to read about then catering our writing to meet their preferences. While it would be nice to be independently wealthy, most freelance writers are not and view their craft as a business.

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I find it odd when I receive questions or criticism because I spend a lot of time writing about personality disorders. It seems people criticize those articles for a couple of reasons. The first is that they think I’m writing about the topic because of personal experience ignoring my psychology…

Dibs and parallel parking habits in Chicago can make even the most patient person crazy.

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I remember when I first moved to Chicago, and realized that most of the limited parking here consisted of parallel parking spots. Not particularly skilled at this, I managed to improve, because it’s either learn so you have a shot at possibly parking should you find a space within a…

Public service announcement: Check your meter settings. With the start of the Fellowship Program three months ago, I noticed my earnings dropping, then plummeting. I squeaked out $100 the last two months, but my earnings this month have been even worse. Knowing my articles aren’t performing well, I haven’t been…

A teacher in Brazil focuses on teaching her students the importance of treating others positively

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A teacher in Brazil was becoming upset hearing the way her students talked to each other. It seemed to her that insulting each other was the norm and that it had become part of the class culture. She remembered reading about an experiment conducted by by Masaru Emoto who carried…

When we encounter criticism of our writing it is natural to respond to it as an attack or judgment of our ability but Bezos suggests how to view it from a growth mindset.

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Everyone can relate to being criticized as we’ve all experienced it at some time in our lives. It often makes us feel bad for a lengthy period. …

Revealing study results show toxic mothers blame everyone else when a child cuts ties with them, while the child disagrees completely

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If you are familiar with blogs and articles about what to do if you are involved with a toxic individual, you are aware that the most common advice given is to cut all ties with the narcissist. Although this can seem like extreme advice, when dealing with a toxic narcissist…

Elon Musk is known for working ridiculous numbers of hours per week while also maintaining his family life which includes seven children. Here’s how he does it.

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Elon Musk frequently has shared his opinion that founders need to work a minimum of 80 hours a week if they want to succeed. …

Newsbreak tries to reinvent itself, seeking stability, by hiring Xana O’Neill as head of original content

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After almost a year of attempting to enter the original content business, Newsbreak is unofficially starting over. On September 28 the platform announced it had hired Xana O’Neill. O’Neill previously had headed Snapchat’s original content division focusing on partnerships with news publishers.

Newsbreak CEO Jeff Zheng said in a press…

Writers put themselves into their work and can react strongly when their writing is attacked for reasons unrelated to the actual content.

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After writing on Newsbreak for close to a year, I have realized that I’ve stopped reading comments altogether. This is because the comments made on stories published by Newsbreak for some reason generated a lot of really negative and sometimes hateful comments.

Like other writers, I love hearing from people…

Just getting 100 followers isn’t going to automatically guarantee you anything on Medium. The 100-follower requirement that Medium recently put into place for applying to MPP allowing writers to monetize their work, has caused some dismay and confusion among novices.

In order to meet this requirement, a follow-for-follow system has…

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