My first mean comment made me so freaking happy

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I’ve had a piece of writing do decently and bring in a steady trickle of readers. The other day, I got this gem of a comment:


Reading nothing but success stories will muffle your voice

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There’s a ton of advice out there on how to write better. You’ve probably heard it all — write every day, read every day, set a schedule for yourself — the list goes on and on. These advice pieces do well, because writers love improving. The problem is this: when we continuously read other people’s advice, their successes and their practices, we tend to lose our own.

Many writers get caught up in trying to emulate the success of others. They lose their style and their voice, and they end up becoming another writer talking about a whole bunch of nothing. Personality is lost in the writing — although it may be well written, the detachment to the content bleeds through. …


The truth of the matter

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It’s the same as living with any other neighbor.

If you clicked into this article expecting some sort of negative difference, or for me to mention some stereotype like blasting music at night, selling weed, or barbecues every other day, then you’re racist. I’m not going to put it lightly.

If you clicked into this article with outrage, ready to read my article and leave a nasty comment, then the mentality and support is there, but preach with love and logic, not hatred. Reason, don’t ream.

Yes, the title is clickbait. Although majority of readers are (hopefully) not racist, I AM trying to get those who are to read it and to be told. My hope is that they’ll change. Perhaps some don’t realize they are being racist by expecting something different from a different racial group than themselves. …


Burn-out, success, money, and failure

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You know the word. That buzzword that gets so many entrepreneurs intoxicated. Hustle. Infatuation with the idea of spending late nights, grinding it out, working on 5 projects at once that will eventually all return income.

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Every financial piece you’ve ever read on “how to get rich” talks about it. Multiple streams of income. Passive earning. Well let me tell you — there’s a right way to do this and a wrong way to do this. Working on multiple projects at once for a long period of time is unsustainable. …


Sounds weird, but let me explain.

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My 5th grade teacher had a tough reputation. He was strict, but he was known as the teacher who would actually leave an impact on his students. I remember one day, after one too many of his students handed in a poorly-completed assignment to head for recess early, he quoted John Wooden.

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

To this day, I think about this and I see it play out in my every day life. My normal typing speed is around 80 words/min.


Three questions to help you reflect and refocus

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It’s been almost half a year since your New Years Resolution. If you came into this new decade with a goal, then now is the perfect time to revisit it. Let’s be honest — you’re sitting at home on your phone or computer reading Medium articles anyway, so why don’t you just finish this one, then take 10 minutes to do what I tell you. And afterward, you can waste some more time.

Time is an interesting concept nowadays. We live in the midst of a pandemic with unprecedented impact on the globe. Never have people around the world had so much time on their hands. For most, work takes place at home — this means no travel, no lunch break, no bosses breathing down our backs. Working from home also means more lax deadlines, more understanding, and … more distractions. …


How to design your writing to get the most reads

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You’re a writer. And by default, you’re a vendor. You’re a vendor of ideas, a vendor of thoughts, and a vendor of what you write. Yes, writing is pretty hard — the craftsmanship of it is challenging, but half the battle is also attracting buyers, or readers, and making them stay.

The way we design a page is important. Sometimes we’re restricted to certain styling guidelines, and other times, we don’t really have a choice when we’re submitting articles to newspapers or websites that have a set look.

But a platform with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, like Medium, gives you ample opportunity to control the visual elements of your writing — these editors give you power to make your piece appear how you want it to, and that power is a strong one. …


Last Updated May 24, 2020

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Thank you for your interest in writing for us! This very short guide will help you tailor your writing to suit the style of this publication so that you have the highest likelihood of getting your article accepted!

Table of Contents:

  1. What is Two Minute Advice?
  2. What Kind of Writing We’re Looking For
  3. Structure
  4. Aesthetic
  5. Submit Your Article

What is Two Minute Advice?

Two minute advice is a publication that focuses on… well… advice. That takes two minutes to read.

What Kind of Writing We’re Looking For

We’re talking about real life advice of any genre — life advice, practical advice, relationship advice, how to get along with coworkers, how to improve your craft, anything — if you have real, tangible, advice for something, we want it. We don’t want lists, where to visit in Japan, or how to shine a shoe types of advice.


Doing so will help you grow in two ways

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I recently hit 100 followers on Medium and to them, I thank sincerely. I’m celebrating. I’d also like to thank all the publications that have put my work out there and all the Medium curators as well. While this may be nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands of followers that someone like Benjamin Hardy, PhD has, every milestone is worth the celebration.

Celebrate the small victories — whether 100 followers, having published your first article, getting your first photography feature on an Instagram page, or whatever it may be. …


How a statement from the president caused family doctors to go haywire amidst the COVID-19 panic.

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From Donald Trump’s Twitter

The current President of the United States is known to be a fan of Twitter, and recently, he has supported the use of two drugs, azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine, in treating the novel coronavirus. Based off of a small French study that suggests efficacy for this combination treatment in treating the virus, Trump quickly disregarded opinions of health professionals and regulatory bodies (such as the CDC) and jumped straight into endorsing the use of these two medications.

The Drugs

Azithromycin is a common antibiotic, while hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial medication that is also used for rheumatoid arthritis as well as some other conditions. Hydroxychloroquine had showed some efficacy with its use relating to SARS, which was a related type of coronavirus. Currently, this drug is used in some COVID-19 hospital patients under careful supervision and constant monitoring. Side effects of this drug include altered, slower heart rhythm, and gastrointestinal distress (stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, etc.). Azithromycin is an antibiotic used for some respiratory tract infections, and also mycobacterium avium complex infections. Side effects of this also include stomach upset, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal issues as well. …

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Lance Luther

A multidisciplinary writer exploring topics in finance, writing, self-psychology, health, medicine, film, entrepreneurship, science, and technology.

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