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Every writer seems to think the only way to build on their brand is by writing many publishers and gaining exposure from what’s already exposed. Stop it.

Your brand is just that… your brand. The brand of another publication doesn’t promise you’ll have readers lined up at the door.

In fact, you’re doing yourself a disservice to write for other publications instead of adding more articles to your own and then being discovered. I’ve learned this the hard way. Allow me to share my knowledge with you.

You see, once upon a time I…

Writing applications that can be useful for your projects, which is best for you?

Last night, I began to write an article about the benefits of having Scrivener at your finger tips. I talked about the fact that you’re able to customize theme, pay a one time fee, and the effortless layout will allow you to create multiple drafts of a single novel with ease. I was all for Scrivener until I decided to give Ulysses a try.

Now, if you’re a professional writer then you have ran into both softwares along your journey. The reason: you need something heavy duty. I hate to compare them to trash bags but the relation is the…

Sometimes, we place too much emphasis on what we’re doing and not doing that we forget time progresses all things.

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It was just Monday afternoon when I was sitting on the couch really taking in my writing career. I saw many articles that I wrote, the novels that were almost finished, and the number of followers that I have. It felt very surreal. I hadn’t realized the amount of work that I put into everything that I have in front of me.

Instead, I take my own work ethic for granted which is why others do the same. …

While I’m laying in the dark the reality of life hits me all at once. I’m thinking about money, bills, education, and relationships. My mind takes all kinds of trips as I contemplate what I want out of life. These are the kinds of thoughts that hit as soon as the sun goes down. It’s in a quiet room that the echoes of emotions whispers softly in my ears, creating a vibration of solitude and self exploration.

In the middle of a dark room, on my bed, I’m listening to a playlist that centers me in the midst of my…

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Here’s why

The day is always better when I have notifications.

The mentions on Twitter, the likes on Instagram, FaceBook likes and comments all make me cheery on the inside.

How did this happen?

It all started with writing lifestyle articles. People are in love with learning more about themselves through a small piece of advice and it doesn’t have to be anything too deep.

When I’m writing about productivity, meaning, or even love my followers are in awe, my Medium notifications are filled with highlights, and I receive retweets. But, why write about lifestyle?

If you would have told me when…

Let’s face it, this life is hard.

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It’s 2:33 on a Thursday afternoon. My roommate went to work. My Wifi will be disconnected at any given hour. I don’t have the rent money. I don’t have a car. My cash tips from my part time job is now gone. It is a critical situation. One, where I hop into the shower wondering where the exit happens to be. …

The power of reverse psychology

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Before I lay me down to sleep, inspiration is what I aim to seek

The words, etched across my forehead like footprints in sand. It becomes a mantra when I’m thinking about the next book. I can’t seem to find the motivation.

In a moment’s time, something clicks: just write about nothing.

The cursor blinks in front of me as I type: I am writing about nothing.

Before I know it, writing about nothing turns into something.

That’s the simplicity of the power of reverse psychology.

Sometimes, it’s not about how you write, where you…

On choosing what you write about

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All of us come to our genre through a series of events. There are some of us that found our genre by writing more and more everyday which led to a trend. Others were told what they were good at writing, while some though about the meaning of life and decided to write stories to evoke though. Either or, I’m curious about the journeys that people took to figure out what they write about.

There are some genres that require a different level of thinking, a skillset if you will. These genres are science…

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Who do you impact?

Death. None of us want to face it. We don’t talk about it. Our realities ignore it. But, it is an important phenomenon in our world. Without death, we wouldn’t be here and the globe would be very overcrowded.

I think we forget that the clock is ticking, the countdown has already begun from the time we were born. Nobody wants to write about this so I’ll take it upon myself to address the elephant in the room.

We all live our lives every day to do what Uncle Sam tells us. We pay our taxes, bills, and supply our…

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We’re all given days to our lives, but are we living them?

Bill collectors are calling. Student loans are piling up. Debt is increasing. The older we get the more it just seems like the years are passing us by.

While we may be working 9–5 jobs day in and day out are we waking up each day with a mission? More importantly, are we waking up each day adding life to our days?

Everyone is given the fair chance of living. We all get the same 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The problem is that there are some of us who aren’t really living.

We exist, but our…

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