How to avoid them and become a good writer?

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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. …


These points might change your mind about writing.

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Renowned author Stephen King has published “at least 90 novels, more than 200 short stories,” and a few non-fiction books — “selling 350 million copies.

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.

1. Don’t worry about “grammatical correctness”

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, you should not underestimate the importance of grammar. Poor grammar can change the meaning of a sentence — it’s also bad for your reputation. …


Why is the ‘curation jail or curse’ a myth?

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Whether you name it ‘distributed,’ ‘chosen for further distribution,’ or ‘curated,’ you know what I mean. You can publish on Medium and share your story with anyone. But if you want the article to be distributed to a larger audience on Medium, it has to be ‘chosen for further distribution’ or get ‘curated.’ It doesn’t matter if it is “paywalled or not.”

As the Medium distribution guidelines suggest, you can publish the link to your story on social media or other platforms after you publish it. The story also appears on your profile. Additionally, it’s immediately available on search engines. Your followers would also receive notifications and can read your published story. …


He’s the man of a single book.

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Elon Musk, a crystal clear name, who might not even need an introduction, has self-explanatory attributes. But I want to introduce him. That’s because I’ve read about him many times but have noticed that many writers have missed some salient features.

This article aims to unleash a key attribute of Elon Musk, i.e., he is the man of a single book. Is he so? If yes, how and why it’s necessary to acknowledge his key attribute?

I want to introduce him at five levels*: Elon Musk 101, 110, 220, 340, 400, and 520 — from Intro to Elon Musk to Advanced Elon Musk. …


One time all so good; next time, things so down.

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The Sun shines after the rain,
like joy comes after some pain.
The day falls after the night,
like there’s peace after some fight.

In days, stars aren’t bright,
the Sun has got more light.
So that you see the Stars,
you’ve to wait till it’s night.

In Fall, the leaves fall down,
they grow afresh by the Spring.
And Winter and Summer,
who saw them not coming?

One time all so good,
next time, things so down.
Like the absence of the Moonlight,
for a few days of the month.

It’s honey-bee that makes honey,
the Sun shines lonely.
Let’s depend much more on ourselves,
when it’s night, ain’t sunny. …


He failed six times until he made it.

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In 2013, Ritesh Agarwal sold SIM cards in a small town in India. He made three decisions that changed his life and the lives of many Indians and people across the globe.

These decisions were so life-changing that turned him into a young billionaire.

Decision #1: Grabbing a Fellowship Opportunity that Guaranteed $100 K If He Left College

Peter Thiel, the German-American billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal, and was one of Facebook’s early investors, established the Tiel Foundation in 2011. The Tiel Foundation provides fellowships to young people to skip college and become entrepreneurs.

Based on the foundation’s website:

“The Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists.” …


16 tips for writing error-free titles and subtitles

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Whether you’re a newbie or a good writer with exceptional writing skills, your titles and subtitles might speak volumes about you. They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but your story can be judged pretty well by its title and subtitle. You might have seen writers who’ve had over a million views, but some of their titles/subtitles are neither based on the standard guidelines nor the ideal cases.

Medium guidelines suggest that a story’s title could be in ‘the title case’ and the subtitle in ‘the sentence case.’ Although this format is neither a must nor ideal, there are certain things that writers, especially those on Medium, have to keep in mind while writing titles and subtitles. …


Ten million colors, but your favorite is only one

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A What-If Scenario:

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is worth over $200 billion and is considered the first centibillionaire in the world.

What if Jeff Bezos was an employee of a company that paid him $10,000 per day, starting from 1994 until now, i.e., for 26 years?

Let’s do the math:

  • 2020–1994 = 26 years
  • 26 years x 365 days = 9,490 days
  • 9,490 days x $10,000 = $94,000,000
  • $94 million / 200,000,000,000 x 100 = 0.047 %

What did you notice? Well, if Bezos worked for a company as an employee for 26 years (for every single day), and the company paid him $10,000 per day, he would have only made 0.047% …


Why predicting the immediate future is unthinkable now?

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The New York Times is one of the prominent American daily newspapers with millions of readers in the US and across the globe.

During his tenure as the President of the United States, Donald Trump attacked the New York Times and other media outlets, consistently labeling them “fake news.” In contrast to his remarks, the New York Times has won 130 Pulitzer Prizes — more than any other newspaper. Established in 1851, it has been an influential newspaper in the US and around the world for decades. It’s known as a national “newspaper of record,” based on the Encyclopedia Britannica.

While acknowledging the New York Times’ reputation and credibility, I shed light upon six predictions reported by this newspaper that are untrue now. …


Did you know that ‘555’ means ‘hahaha’ in Thai?

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How did I become a Polyglot or Multilingual?

More than a decade ago, I drafted a list of 200 basic phrases in 20 languages in Microsoft Excel. Although a trilingual as a kid, this Excel sheet introduced me to many other new languages. A decade later, which is now — I am working on a single-verse-poems-book that contains poems in 64 languages. It’s not poem translations, but original poems in each of these languages.

I don’t learn a language by studying grammar and all those formal language courses. I try to learn languages like a kid who learns his or her native language. Initially, I ignore grammar, and only focus on a few phrases, until I am fluent. …

About

Massùod Hemmat

Writer, Social Ent., CEO, Consultant, Polymath, & Global citizen — (I write because it isn’t there) — https://www.linkedin.com/in/mhemmat

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