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My First Three Months On Medium Earned $2,600+

A little celebration is in order.When I hopped on Medium at the end of April, it was with the intention to make up for lost income. I’ve written …

Here’s the final nail in the coffin of open plan offices

A new study from Harvard Business School finds that open plan offices don’t live up to the hype–in fact, the idea that they promote interaction is dead wrong.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> The Conversation<i>.</i><p>Open plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and …

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

50 Affordable Wines You Can Always Trust

Sometimes wine is daunting, and the fact that vintages change every year is one of the reasons. Was 2014 better than 2015? Worse? How are you …

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

32 Skin Care Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

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Skin Care

4 Ways To Simplify Your Writing Process

You can make it hard for yourself, or you can make it simple.<p>I used to have very specific expectations of my articles. They all needed to be of the …

Creative Writing

How to Write an Effective Hook (Plus: PITCH SHARE w/ agent Mark Gottlieb)

Please welcome literary agent with Trident Media Group Mark Gottlieb to WU today, speaking about something most writers need to understand: How to …

Writing

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they …

The Sensitive Author’s Guide to Rejection

<b>Written by Ananda-mayi Dasi</b><p>I was like Robert Peary embarking for the North Pole—that is, if we can pretend for a moment that the publishing world is …

North Pole

Here's a 30-Second Test to See If Your Content Has Any Chance of Taking Off

Every piece of content should do one of two things: help a reader learn something new or feel a strong emotion. Delete everything else.<p>Here's a sad story I see all the time. I see a hellbent content creator commit a ton of time, for the sake of being consistent, only to create so-so content that …

How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect …

Celine Dion's Response to Unruly Fan Rushing the Stage Is a Powerful Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

This situation could have quickly turned ugly, if not for Dion's skillful reaction.<p>How would you react if a drunk stranger suddenly rushed you at work? Would you run? Fight? Freak out?<p>That's the apparent situation famous singer Celine Dion had to deal with during a recent performance at Caesar's …

8 indispensable (and free) Google tools

Google is so much more than just the world’s premier search engine.<p>Google has a bevy of helpful products—many of which are completely free. If you …

Aristotle said there are three types of friendship, but only one we should strive for

At age 17, Aristotle enrolled in the Platonic Academy. He would stay there for 20 years.<p>Founded by the father of Western philosophy, the Greek philosopher Plato, Aristotle was the most promising student around. He asked many questions and answered even more.<p>The exact time of his departure from the …