If you’ve ever asked this question, here’s what you should know.

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I have a love/hate relationship with writing.

Sometimes we’re BFF’s, sipping a white chocolate mocha with a warm, chocolate chunk cookie on a relaxed Sunday morning. Ummm. Good.

Other times I want to tie a brick to its butt, toss it overboard, and watch it sink to the bottom of Puget Sound. I’m just saying.

The struggle is real, y’all. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. But some days (on a lot of days actually), I feel like an impostor. Do you know the feeling? …


Don’t believe everything you read about making money on Medium.

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You know, I‘m sick of people telling me how much money they made on Medium last month or last week or whenever.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m trying to do the same thing. But it drives me crazy to read how someone made $100, $1000, or $10,000+ while I’m earning pennies.


And how to make writing easy for you

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Has this ever happened to you?

You wake up in the morning. You tell yourself you should be writing because the last thing you wrote wasn’t so great. So you crank up your computer, make yourself a nice hot cup of whatever, and then …

Nothing.

The reason why writing is so hard is that we don’t follow a plan, we get distracted by other things, and we try to write alone without the support of our peers.

Writers like us face these problems all the time. …


What this woman taught me about life

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Today, I learned a valuable lesson from my coworker Janet.

At 73, she’s a feisty little bag of bones with a diamond-shaped heart and a sunrise smile.

To her and her pacemaker, every day is a blessing — a gift that she unwraps every morning when she opens her eyes.

And she’s so excited to witness how each day will unfold because each day offers her a new adventure, a unique opportunity.

Regardless of how sick or tired she feels, Janet regards each day as a gift.

She lives her life with joy and gratitude, spending time with her husband…


Why these mistakes cause aspiring authors to fail?

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Do you want to write a book?

A lot of writers like you want to write their first books, too.

Now you’re writing that novel or how-to guide you’ve always dreamed of writing someday. Right? Well, here’s the reality.

Whether you know it or not, you’re struggling with the same problem many writers, including me, face every day.

Finishing.

Because unless you know what mistakes to avoid, you’ll struggle to finish your book like everyone else.

Here are seven dumb mistakes to avoid when writing your book.

1. Telling everyone you’re writing a book

It sounds counter-intuitive. But if you’re a newbie, telling friends and family you’re…


5 simple strategies that will help you write again

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Are you experiencing a writer’s block?

I know how that feels. But, if you’re waiting for inspiration, you may be setting yourself up for failure without realizing it.

Let me explain.

Like many writers, I’ve struggled with writer’s block. I didn’t always know what to do about it. And I often wondered whether my writing was any good. Eventually, I shoved my story aside while I waited for inspiration to kick in. I felt guilty because I’d stopped writing — like I was cheating on myself, unfaithful to my lifelong dream.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go…


Here’s how to do it in a quick and easy way that works

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So, my coworker, Jane, loves to stick her hand in dirty toilets. Yes, it’s true. She smiles whenever she talks about It. Cleaning the commode is her thing, and she loves to get her hands wet.

She sounds gross until you understand why her toilet bowl fetish sparks joy (sorry for stealing your catchphrase, Marie Kondo).

Jane claims it’s not so much the dirty toilet she enjoys cleaning, it’s the euphoria she experiences after doing it.

For her, it’s a rush. It’s how she gets high on adrenaline or dopamine or whatever. It’s how she feels good about herself because…

Michael Wilkinson

Writer and blogger. Coffee nut.

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