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7 Life Lessons For My 7th-Grade Self


What advice would you give to your younger self? What would you tell a 12-year-old about working with others, having talent, and about life in general? As many kids head back to school this month, I’ve thought a lot about my own first-day-of-school experiences. Here’s some advice I wish the older me, or another adult, […]

Reclaiming My Time – 3 Quick Time Management Tips for Writers


How can writers reclaim their time? Recently, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters became an internet hit (again) during a congressional committee discussion with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin didn’t answer Waters’ question about him not responding to a letter from her and other committee members. Waters interrupted Mnuchin’s long-winded comments, repeating three words: “Reclaiming my time.” […]

How “Bad” Habits Help Your Writing


What is your bad habit? We all have bad habits and some habits are worse than others. Almost any hobby or activity, even the good ones, can be taken to an extreme or unhealthy level. But sometimes a hobby or an area of interest unfairly gets a bad reputation. This includes interests in things such […]

One Surefire Way to Find New Writing Ideas


Are you struggling to come up with new writing ideas? Try thinking of how your usual writing topic could relate to anything you watch or read. You can try this while watching TV news reports or while reading a magazine article. You can also consider how your topic might fit in with a scene from […]

4 Surprising Writing Lessons From a Boy Band


What a New Kids on the Block concert taught me about writing for an audience. As a writer, you probably won’t have to deal with being chased by a group of screaming girls and women who adore you. And that’s probably a good thing. But, you might gain a large audience. Your popularity can come […]