Stacy Brooks

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The best writing advice I have ever received

After failing so hard the first time, the person who gave it to me isn’t even a writer.I have been struggling to write for a very long time.In truth, …

Writing

Get Inspired by These Incredible Weight Loss Transformations

<b>Rebin Roy: Lost 126 Lbs.</b><p>Roy told PEOPLE she “could easily down a pitcher of margaritas and 20 buffalo wings at happy hour,” and smoked a …

Fitness

WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

<b>(CNN) —</b> Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances.<p>Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health …

Mental Health

How Often You Should Post on Social Media, According to 10 Studies

There's a lot of debate when it comes to recommended frequency for social media publishing. Here's what the data has to say about it.<p>When it comes to determining the optimal frequency for posting on social media, even the industry giants can't seem to be able to come to a consensus. One publication …

Social Media

Blogs for Self-Publishers, June 9 - 15, 2018

By Shelley Sturgeon<p>Be sure to check back here next Sunday for our monthly Carnival of the Indies blog carnival post, and in the meantime, hope you …

Writing

Kevin's Meandering Mind | Book Review: Draft No. 4 (On the Writing Process)

Author/teacher John McPhee uses words I’ve never even known existed. His vocabulary boggles the mind. I wish I had kept a list of all the words in …

Writing

Inspiring quotations on writing for content marketers

Attention, all content creators: Ernest Hemingway has useful advice for you.<p>So do Jack London, Elmore Leonard, Mark Twain and other literary …

Creative Writing

The Long, Dark History of America’s Suicide Crisis

The game feels rigged for too many Americans, as the gulf widens between a society’s sense of what success looks like and the paths to achieving …

Mental Health

awesome-writing

An awesome list of information to help developers writing better, kinder, more helpful documentation and learning materials<p>"If you propose to speak, …

JavaScript

Why everyone should write

Just about every time I sit down to write I start with “Really need to write more”.I like to thank my books and pens a lot for how they serve me so …

Writing

The Tiny, Essential Google Tricks for Way Better Search Results

Are you using Google effectively as possible? If you’re just entering words into the search field without using these totally basic but totally …

Image Search

10 Sure-fire Ways to Write a Story a Week (that publishers want to accept)

Are you ready to be a professional writer?For the last two years, I’ve been writing a story, article or script every week that has either gone on air …

Writing

This Elegant Californian Prefab Minimizes Site Disturbance

Thanks to its modular construction, a modern retreat treads lightly on the pristine landscape.<p>When Clive McCarthy and his wife, Tricia Bell, were on the hunt for an escape from San Francisco, they found the perfect spot for their second home three hours north of the Bay Area on a 64-acre site in …

Architecture

These 40 Powerful Life Lessons Can Immediately Change the Rest of Your Life

Truth resonates in your bones. Recognize it. Feel it. And do something about it.<p>Sometimes we get lost.<p>Other times we get distracted.<p>But most of all, we often get so consumed with the game of life--all of its pursuits, sensations, and experiences--that we forget the truths that lie at the core of …

Happiness

Here’s How to Write a Book in 100 Days: 10 Steps

“Have you ever had a great book idea, tried to write it, and then failed?” I’ve asked this question to thousands of writers, and over eighty percent …

Writing

Today I am Grateful for….(Come on, You Can Do it Too)

I’m feeling stuck in an emotional rut this morning. Let’s see how a gratitude practice can help.<p>On a 1-10 scale, how good am I feeling right now?</b> …

Mental Health

If You're Mad At Your Partner, Send Them This One Text Instead Of Blowing Up

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You're p*ssed at your partner, so you start to compose a text that'll <i>really</i> let them know how you're feeling. You …

Self-help

Eight Proven Steps To Write, Publish, Promote And Profit From A Book

Anyone can write a book, but almost nobody does. It’s hard.<p>If you choose to write a book — as well as publish, promote and profit from it — understand two things: First, it’s going to be a slog, so you’ll need to be mentally prepared. Second, most authors tend to throw the literary equivalent of …

Writing

This Couple Discovered a Simple Way to Save Tens of Thousands of Dollars a Year When They Retire

The recent tax cuts make this move even more appealing.<p>Clark Hurst first discovered Clear Creek Tahoe, a golf community near Lake Tahoe, a few years …

Retirement

From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine

For six years now, life has been really good for James. He has a great job as the creative director of an advertising firm in New York City. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.<p>And it has all been possible, he says, because for the past six years he has been taking a drug called ketamine.<p>…

Mental Health

A Family Customizes an Off-Grid Tiny Home With Online Design Tools

A tiny house builder’s clever online design tools enable a family of five to create their dream home.<p>When the Nguyens, a couple with three young children, were looking to build a tiny home that would comfortably accommodate their entire family, while also allowing them to live sustainably off-grid …

Off-grid

4 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

Leadership is about solving problems and making decisions. You don't need to be the life of the business party to do either one.<p>Whether in business or in life, we look to our leaders to teach us, guide us, and help us make sense of everything. Therefore, most successful leaders have a strong sense …

Leadership

Why and how communicators should improve their writing

Strong writing skills are more crucial than ever in public relations.<p>As paid and earned media converge and branded content rises in popularity, PR …

Writing

15 proven ways to get people to take you seriously

Just because you’re smart, thoughtful, and competent doesn’t necessarily mean people perceive you that way.<p>If you want coworkers and friends to take …

Body Language

9 Telltale Signs You're Dealing With an Inauthentic Person

There is no skill more important to success than being able to detect who is sincere and who isn't.<p>8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Authentic people are self-aware. They avoid blaming others for their own mistakes and accept their strengths and weaknesses. They …

Self-help

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party</i> …

Writing

Want to Instantly Become a Better Writer? Stop Using These 7 Words in Emails

Where good writing is concerned, the words you don't use often matter more.<p>If you think you're not a good writer, you've probably gotten hung up on the "craft" of writing. Worry too much about <i>how</i> you write and it's hard to write well.<p>But that's okay: Style doesn't matter (unless you're Nicholas …

Hung Up

Fiction Writing: Improve Your Story Skills by Cross-Genre Study

Fiction Writing: Improve Your Story Skills by Cross-Genre StudyHere’s a grid I found that might be useful:<b>Improving Your Writing Skills (from</b> …

Creative Writing

This 15-30 minute routine makes your brain healthier, younger, and smarter

“Everything popular is wrong”  —  Oscar Wilde<p>In the book, <i>BLUE ZONES: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest</i><i>,</i> author Dan …

Albert Einstein

If You Want To Master Your Life, Learn To Organize Your Feelings

People who are controlled by their emotions typically have something in common: they tend to only do what feels most comfortable. In other words, their emotions are organized into “feels good” and “feels bad,” not “feels good” or “does good.”<p>Processing trauma doesn’t feel good but it does good. …

Self-help