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  • Angi Bartlett
    Published about a year ago
    10 Steps to Creating Characters

    10 Steps to Creating Characters

    So you've decided to write a novel. You've got the story in your head, and you're ready to write. You've put your pen to paper and you get ready to introduce your characters.
  • TJ Neal
    Published about a year ago
    Ring!!! Your Side Hustle Is Calling

    Ring!!! Your Side Hustle Is Calling

    Go and get your hustle on! 37% of Americans are currently engaged in a side hustle, and 51% of millennials have an occasional side hustle, according to a study by Bankrate. Looks like I am not the only person who believes in the need to get your hustle on. This year many people took the risk and dove deeper into something they are passionate about, decided to no longer wait, and are using their 9 to 5 gigs as a launching pad. What about you? Many of us have or are still doing that one thing we saw our parents do. You get up every day, grab your coffee, take your commute and end up in a cubicle or office (if you are lucky), for the traditional job—but you find yourself daydreaming about the thing you prefer to be doing. What about that one hobby that consumes you? Yep…that thing; many of us call that a “side hustle.” Side hustles make life interesting, they keep you energized, and one day we hope to make them our daily destiny, but how?
  • Melissa Saulnier
    Published about a year ago
    How to Plot Like a Rock Star

    How to Plot Like a Rock Star

    The object of writing is to tell a compelling story and sell your book! For the beginning writer this may be a dream that seems unrealistic. If you’ve done other kinds of writing—magazine articles, news reporting, technical writing—you know how to express yourself in clear, simple English. You know how to write words that inform, and maybe even words that amuse or entertain. But now, you’re faced with a new challenge: writing words that excite and engage your reader in a fiction story.
  • Brandesha Sinclair
    Published about a year ago
    How to Improve Your Online Job Applications

    How to Improve Your Online Job Applications

    “Back in my day, we would walk-in, hand in our resumes, and speak with managers face-to-face!”
  • Eliza Beth
    Published about a year ago
    How I Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom

    How I Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom

    How is it possible for anyone to work from home? When I was in my early 20s, I first discovered that some people actually do it. What I lacked was experience, knowledge, and a good mentor to teach me HOW. There are so many people out there who just focus on recruiting that they ignore all the little people. WELL, what they seem to forget is most people who are recruiting earn a commission on their down line too! When you have a healthy down line there is not a constant need to recruit. I know you are probably thinking "UGH another one of those!" No, just hear (read) me out.
  • Amyleigh Craig
    Published about a year ago
    How to Stay Creative When You're "Too Busy"

    How to Stay Creative When You're "Too Busy"

    I catch myself constantly saying I'm "so busy" when in reality I actually have plenty of free time, I just plan and utilise it badly. This is something I've been working on and one of the things I've been making a major conscious effort to make time for is creative outlets. Growing up I was 100 percent "that kid" who was constantly drawing, rubbing crayons over textures in the garden, or even making little movies with my camcorder and Disney Princess dolls in my bedroom. I was always bursting with creative energy but unfortunately, fast forward to adulthood when the peppering of responsibilities starts to flow thick and fast and surprise surprise, that creative bright burning flame became subdued and almost burned out time and time again.
  • Yvonne Glasgow
    Published about a year ago
    7 Things That Are Killing Your Creativity

    7 Things That Are Killing Your Creativity

    I am a creative for a living. My hobbies are even creative. In Fact, I thank creativity each day for keeping me alive—because without it I don’t know where I would be.
  • Eris <3
    Published about a year ago
    Why Did I Write an eBook?

    Why Did I Write an eBook?

    Never in my life did I imagine that I would publish a book, of all things. What surprised me, even more, was that the topic was about political and societal problems amongst American youth mixed with satire. (I always thought that my first book would be some super successful, supernatural, weird, fantasy novel for teenagers. Oh well, life goes on.) Usually, I could care less about what is going on in America, since it has all gone to hell anyway.
  • Lauren Anderson
    Published about a year ago
    How I Passed Security+ in Two Weeks

    How I Passed Security+ in Two Weeks

    Just a note before I begin: This is not a sponsored post and using my advice does not guarantee that you will pass. However, this worked for me and I wanted to share my experience.
  • Bethany Ashlyn
    Published about a year ago
    How to Side Hustle with a Full-Time Job

    How to Side Hustle with a Full-Time Job

    A "side hustle" is something that people have been doing for years but has recently become more popularized with younger generations (like myself). The definition of a "side hustle" is typically any type of employment done in addition to a full-time job. Usually, this means a freelance job that is used to gain a few extra dollars or to start the beginning stages of a potential full-time career.
  • something wilde
    Published about a year ago
    Ten Day Writing Challenge
  • Joseph D. N. Kendrick
    Published about a year ago
    How To Jumpstart Your Career Like Warren Buffett and Steven Spielberg

    How To Jumpstart Your Career Like Warren Buffett and Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg and Warren Buffett are inarguably at the top of their respective fields. As a film director, Spielberg redefined the genre and pioneered the New Hollywood era of film. Rather than the arts, Buffett made his fortune through strategic investments and his diversified holding company Berkshire Hathaway. The career paths of these men could not be more different, but their beginnings are surprisingly similar. Spielberg and Buffett showed great tenacity and creativity at the beginnings of their careers, and it's what set them on the right career path to become the titans they are today. If you want to know how to jumpstart your career, the stories of these two men provide ample inspiration.