Identifying them is the first step for changing them.

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After you got out of an important exam or job interview you’ve waited for a long time, you’re feeling drenched with anxiety before hearing the results. Is it the event itself that happened was so negative that it left you with those feelings or your distorted cognition; your inner, unshakable belief that no matter what you do, it’ll never be enough, and you’ll be sunk down?

This phenomenon is exactly what both Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, two pioneers of the cognitive approach to psychotherapy, have explored. …

Use different sources of reading to enhance your writing skills

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A writer who doesn’t read, it doesn’t make much sense, right? After all, we are producing reading material, therefore we should read as well; in most cases, even more than we write.

Saying this, reading isn’t my strong suit; I’m not one of those people who claim to finish a book a week, heck, sometimes even a book a month — sorry, you can despise me if you want — . …

And how you can copy these strategies to bolster your creativity.

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Creative people are one of the most enviable groups of individuals out there. Everyone wants a piece of their mind, to live in their imaginary world, have the secret recipe to their magic, and gain access to their thought processes.

In arts, music, literature, business, and many other fields, creative people are highly admired individuals who have gained noteworthy success over their brilliant work and are applauded for their creative process and the way their mind works. They are treated as gods, and deeply cherished by crowds.

But despite all the frenzy they receive revolving around their work, much fewer people are interested in their creative process, and how they come up with such breathtaking ideas and masterpieces. A big reason for that is people are more interested in the output than the arduous work behind it. …

You don’t have to stop comparing yourself to others.

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We all, now more than ever, suffer from the consequences of social comparison. This is thanks to our endless exposure to the glamorous façade of the lives of random people we rarely even know or have met, all through social media and the internet.

We dread being compared to others, but we do it internally in our heads and most often than not aim for the sky rather than feeling secure in our spot, even if it took plenty of work to get there. …

This year was the turning point in my writing career

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2020 will forever be implanted in our minds as the year of pandemic, lockdown, and disasters. While it did much deprivation, left us sad, depressed, hopeless; it also brought some positives into our lives.

Some people, including myself, had the chance to create new hobbies or improve the neglected ones with the free time we had in our hands; and for me, one of those hobbies I decided to improve was writing. I finally decided on taking writing seriously and doing something about it.

A good number of writers also did, like me, and searched for online writing opportunities or had the chance to work on their novels or stories with catching the opportunity of being home. …

Be well-prepared for the year ahead

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After this unprecedented year we've been through, it’s of crucial importance to be hopeful for the upcoming year and make preparations to be the better versions of ourselves, and have our tools at hand that will help us grow more as writers.

Nothing is better than being able to reach free sources that help tremendously in many steps of your work and guide you in the process. …

The power of great fiction and imagination on creativity

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Paul Auster is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and screenwriter best known for his works The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions, Sunset Park, Leviathan, 4 3 2 1, Moon Palace, Timbuktu, and many others.

As he had a highly productive and creative writing career, we all can extract valuable lessons from his creative process. Here are 11 quotes from Paul Auster novels that will give you a creative burst:

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”

Music is a big helping hand in every step of your writing

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If you are a music junkie like me, you know you can’t survive a writing session without jamming to some sort of music, either before, during, or after the writing happens.

Music is a creative act just like writing, and it is one of the most important canals that enhances the writing process itself. It provides you the energy and inspiration you need, puts you in a flow state, and makes it easier for ideas and words to come out on paper. Or it simply gets you in the mood for writing by putting you in an uplifting, productive state.

For me, music acts as a motivator before starting my writing sessions, a creative push to produce something meaningful and valuable. …

It all depends on self-control

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In life, we all fail at reaching a specific goal. Whether it's related to your diet, exercise program, academic or financial success, relationship desires, or whatever it is, most of us fail at reaching the destination we foresee for ourselves at some point. Some of those goals we drop, some we persist and endure, and some we reach after our prolonged effort.

But what exactly we implement to reach these goals? What actions do we take or decisions we make either knowingly or unknowingly in terms of reaching our goals? …

From the creator of the iconic characters Holden Caulfield and the Glass Family

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A writer perhaps best known for his only published novel The Catcher in the Rye and its iconic character Holden Caulfield who has a reputation of railing against phonies; but also for his years-long seclusion, and later, his controversial affair with Joyce Maynard exposed years after the occurrence through Maynard’s memoir.

He is also known for his stories, especially the tellings of the Glass family; Nine Stories and Franny and Zooey being perhaps his most known storybooks. Despite the backlash after the happenings with Maynard, he still is a literary legend that any writer can learn valuable lessons from.

He gave very few interviews perhaps because of his battle against popularity and recluse lifestyle. But an early interview of him that he gave at the age of 21 still carries along great advice every writer can grasp something from and pay attention to. …


Sude Hammal

Psychology undergrad. I write about Writing, Culture, and Psychology. Lifelong learner.

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