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Why I Don’t Want to Niche

Every single expert marketer will tell you to niche. Find something that you enjoy writing about and write about it, and only that, so you can become an expert in that area. It gives you more credibility and makes it easier for people to find you. I understand that logic, and I’ve seen it work. …

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Literature and Poetry are Art

My students came to me with limited knowledge of literature. It wasn’t their field of study, but they needed a class like mine to graduate. They knew what they liked, and they loved to read, but they often didn’t know a metaphor from a simile or how to spot symbolism within the narrative. I didn’t …

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Why I Block Tasks Not Time

Blocking time doesn’t work for me. Blocking tasks works better. One of the most common productivity hacks is blocking time. The act of blocking out time on your calendar for a specific task. You are making an appointment with yourself, so you are more likely to follow through. I’ve read this tip for how to …

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How I Learned I was a Writer

“It was a night like this one — the worst night of my life.” When I heard those words come out of my 5th grade teacher’s mouth, I was elated. They were my words. Words I wrote for a writing assignment. Words she selected to share with the class. The story was about a bear …

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Why Wait to Live the Life You Want?

We get conflicting messages. We read about people who quit their day job and began a writing career or moved to some exotic locale and they are happier than they have ever been. Then we read about how you must save and invest for the future. Continue slogging away at a job you may not …

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