I’d known him for years, before I ended up dating him. Well, sort of knew him. He was a friend of a friend so I came into contact with him fairly often but we mostly interacted around the friend we had in common.
Years later, I contacted him through email about something I needed help with businesswise which he specialized in. We traded a couple more emails that were more friendly than business and the third one he used my name but put Mrs. Natalie _______ with his last name after my first.
Admittedly I was taken aback thinking it…
There is a lot of writing advice out there and some of it sounds like just what you need to be successful. Write “regularly”, comment on as many influencer’s blogs as possible, write the opposite side of a popular controversial topic, to keep your interest write from a perspective other than your own. These all may sound reasonable and you may think that following what successful writers advise will likewise shoot your career to the stratosphere.
But no one piece of advice fits everyone. So even if other writers have rocketed to fame and fortune using a particular writing strategy…
Content writers are always looking for suggestions that will help them make it in the business. This is because writing is one of the hardest professions to be successful in. Since writers know this, advice is one of the most frequent topics you will see them discuss. Often there are suggestions that become the advice of the moment and these are rewritten again and again since they are popular. When others saw the advice in multiple places, they assume you must follow it if you want to do well as a writer. But over time I’ve learned that some advice…
As more people are getting vaccinated it appears as if the end of the pandemic is in sight. But even though there are nine approved vaccines several of which have been shown to be over 90 percent effective at preventing a person from developing a serious illness from the virus there are other things that researchers don’t fully know yet. One of these is whether someone who has been vaccinated with different vaccines can still carry the virus and infect others.
This is concerning since it means that most people who do contract the virus after being vaccinated will likely…
I received this question from a follower of mine recently. I immediately began to dash off an answer, then realized I needed to give it some more thought. It’s not the first time someone has asked me this question. It seems to be a common area of query especially for novice writers who just want to write about everything that has ever happened to them when they realize they can publish anything online.
First, let me dispel some myths. When you read some of the advice from experienced writers, you may see them say that to be successful, you should…
take lesson from the
water which has no direction
obeys no master
cares not for what people say of it
only seeks the freedom to run, to flow,
cannot be made in form
by controlling hands
nor bristling branch
nor rocks which seek
to impede its growth
it simply goes around such obstacles
or over, under or directly through
flooding the mouth of anyone
who dares suggest it be less than
it was forever meant to be
This poem attempts to explore human striving within an awareness of the greater context. To that end, it is told through the element…
Narcissists hate seeing you happy. They interpret this as meaning that you are better than them in some way. Most of us don’t hate others for what they can do that we can’t. Few of us are rocket scientists and we’re okay with that. However, narcissists must believe they are either better than others or that they could be if they put their minds to it. Having any kind of flaw means they are less than someone else, which is unacceptable to them. That is why they will detest you if you can do something they can’t. Yet, they couldn’t…
While narcissists can be annoying due to their total self-absorption and tendency to seek attention and admiration from others, some possess a darker side. Sometimes referred to as malignant narcissists, these individuals take great pleasure in watching or causing others to suffer.
Malignant narcissists are basically bullies, who enjoy tormenting insecure people in order to make themselves feel like they are worth something. If you aren’t insecure when you come into contact with these people, they will do everything they can to make you that way. This is something else they put in their “win” column.
Secretly, narcissists envy others…
Good writing is writing that is clear, makes people feel, and gets things done. If your readers can’t immediately tell what you want and care about it, you’ve already failed. Good writing makes a meaningful point. For the meaning to come through, the writing must be clear. Simplifying by removing adjectives and getting rid of flowery prose will help you communicate clearly. The next time you sit down to write, first determine your goal. Do you want to educate, convince and/or persuade, sell, provide a unique solution to a common problem, etc.? Then make this happen by connecting. Relate an…