I am on a personal quest to eliminate negative influences.

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My fifth-grade health teacher taught me “You are what you eat” and Napoleon Hill taught me “You are what you think,” so I have been conscious for many years about only choosing the best fuel to keep me mentally and physically nourished.

So, why I have allowed negative thoughts to fill up my daily social news feeds, news choices, and countless other places is beyond me. It should never have happened. I am now on a mission to weed out the negative.

Combating Misinformation and Disinformation

I started to notice my friends were sending me stuff full of half-truths and confusion. All this does…

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Attention. Getting eyes to the screen. Piquing the interest of the reader.

We all want to reach readers, influence others, and become known for impactful writing. We write our stories and blog posts with these goals in mind. Writers often write to roll off words for ourselves. But, the things we want people to read come from our heart and our intended to touch the reader.

So, how do we do this? How do we get readers to embrace our work and see its value? Here are some ideas to make your story stand out.

Write to Engage

Engage the reader as soon…

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I watch a lot of Hallmark Channel programming. I mean a lot. So much romantic trope I can recognize the Meet Cute, when a plot point is coming, a turn, or the inevitable fight that leads to the happy ending.

It got me thinking: how hard can it be to write a romance? Never having written one, I researched what people like or dislike about the genre. It’s one thing to know the plot points and rough out a beat sheet. It’s another thing to come up with something no one has done before.

I turned to Quora to find…

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Honestly, I never imagined he would take me up on my offer. I mean it is preposterous, but here I am standing outside an apartment in the rain and holding a hammer. I grabbed the first one I could find and sizing it up I think it may have been too much hammer for me. Strangely, the head has ridges, and it weighs a ton. I took the biggest one from my dad’s collection. I suppose, I have no one to blame.

As for placing myself in this position, I guess I am to blame. He seemed so upset and…

Michael Shawn Sommermeyer

Some shout no to corporate welfare
And spit on those who say otherwise.
Tax loopholes seem unfair,
To those who minimize
Their day-to-day and scrutinize
The monthly budget.
The craftsmen yowl this advice,
Be a Maker, Not a Taker.

An artisan lists out what’s true and fair;
A list of various jobs and supplies.
To complete his family’s share
Of fruited endeavors reprise.
The labor like clockwork unifies
The sons and daughters sextet.
The craftsmen sing a fanfare to canonize,
Be a Maker, Not a Taker.

The effort rolls on in splendor
Fulfilling and occupying their lives.
Each embraces the craft and…

Or, How I Went from Writing Off the Cuff to Plotting

Michael S. Sommermeyer

For years, I subscribed to the notion that when a good story idea erupts from my brain, I must write. Plot be damned! I would draw the story from my pants and proceed in wild abandon.

Until, my pants ran out of words, usually somewhere before the first plot point.

Then I would sit and wait for the muse to write some words and whisper them in my head. I often waited so long I no longer cared to write the story.

Then I found Scrivener; a plotter’s dream. Rather than a blank sheet of paper, they broke the story…

I used to think success as a writer meant making the New York Times Bestseller List for my first groundbreaking novel. Or, finding myself lauded at bookstores and literary conclaves where I would read selections from said groundbreaking novel and surround myself with praise. Over time, the groundbreaking novel hasn’t happened and none of the applause I hear in my head has happened. Today, if someone asked me about my success as a writer, I would tell them I will consider myself successful when I reach the point where my writing tells a story I can’t put down.


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At 24, I managed a team of 13 people in diverse jobs all attempting to create a finished product by 5 pm. I was a news director in a small television market.

The rule was simple: I was always right and all of my employees were undoubtedly wrong.

And most of the time, they were wrong. All of them were roughly 20-years-old, and this was their first job. They didn’t know a lot about being a reporter, and they made quite a few mistakes. I knew their lack of experience meant they would make mistakes. …

Michael Shawn Sommermeyer

Writing short fiction 52 weeks a year.

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