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Dividing writers into the camps of ‘excellent,’ ‘good,’ and ‘bad’ is pretty naive. That’s because what’s ‘good’ and what’s ‘bad’ is subject to interpretation. By ‘bad writers,’ I mean those who think about writing erroneously. In other words, bad writers are those who have misconceptions about writing — whether they’re newbies or renowned writers.
You might have none of these traits, or you might have a few or even most of the traits that I discuss in this article. …
In his million-copy bestseller “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” King provides valuable lessons for aspiring writers. I found the following seven essential lessons which might help you become a good writer.
— Myth: My grammar has to be perfect.
“Language does not always have to wear a tie and lace-up shoes.” -Stephen King
Whether you write fiction, or non-fiction, an academic paper, or a business letter, a journalistic piece, or an informal memo…
I am not a big fan of listicles, but there is no choice for things of this nature. In the following paragraphs, I provide a list of fifty-three websites that can help you learn something new. Most of them are free of cost.
Adjacent to each website, there is an overview. This can give you some clue about the website, foundation, company, tool, app, or platform.
Before navigating the links, let’s ponder upon this quote of René Descartes, a renowned French Philosopher:
“For the very fact that my knowledge is increasing little by little is the most certain argument for…
Maria Franceschi, 48, sat in her luxurious café in Beijing. She looked into the skyscrapers that had covered the sky of the city. Thinking of learning some words in Chinese, she installed a language app on her phone.
“There is a post for you in our New York office,” Jane, her secretary, said. “Because they’ve marked it as confidential, I advised them to ship it to Beijing.”
“Confidential? Okay, thank you, you’re such a proactive person,” Maria said.
“You can use this new app in Mandarin. It shows written pronunciation too,” Jane said.
“Did you enjoy your stay in London…
Suppose you work in a cake shop. They call you and order a birthday cake stuffed with vanilla, dark chocolate, and strawberries. After an hour, you make the cake. They come to pick it up. Will they give you the money without seeing the cake?
Well, they ordered the cake, and you made it. So, they have to give you the money. But they must not and should not, at least, based on the following scenario:
If you give them a birthday cake stuffed with some dark chocolate, do you think they will accept it? They might even hit that…
This piece does not get curated and distributed. Why? This is a rule on Medium that any story about Medium itself does not get curated. But why do I write? I write because I care about the success of other writers on Medium as much as I do about mine.
Still, writing on Medium is a game. Only a few writers are more successful. Only a few of them make more money and a tiny percentage of them might be real game players. But I believe in a win-win situation as opposed to win-lose or zero-sum games. You also should…
We use an ax (also written as ‘axe’) to cut the woods and trees. A knife is one of the oldest tools human beings use. Who doesn’t know when to use a razor? And the scissor? It’s one of those essential household items.
What if we shift their roles? Can one cut a tree with a knife? Can one trim the beard with a scissor? It may or may not be possible, but my goal is not to talk about this stuff. I use some analogies to portray some life lessons — especially problem-solving techniques.
In the following paragraphs, I…
Frederick Campbell Crews, 87, is an American literary critic and author. Upon completing his undergraduate studies in English at Yale University, he pursued his Ph.D. in Literature at Princeton University. He has taught English at the University of California, Berkeley, for thirty-six years.
Crews has authored and edited more than twenty books and has won more than fifteen awards and honors. His latest work is Freud: The Making of an Illusion.
In his bestseller ‘The Random House Handbook,’ he provides crucial tips for writers. Initially published in 1974, the book has six editions.
In the following paragraphs, I discuss nine…
February 14 is Valentine’s Day. I pretend you know about its significance. But wait. What if I ask you the following questions?
— Can you define love in one sentence?
— What are the differences between love and lust?
— Why was St. Valentine beheaded?
— Do you know who Claudius the Cruel was?
— Why was Claudius the Cruel against marriages, engagements, and love?
— Why do you celebrate this day?
Suppose you know about most of the answers, no need to read further. But if you do not have any clue, read it.
In the following paragraphs, I…