Dayton Parks

Why new writer's writing sucks and what to do about it

A mime woman in white gloves with thumbs up and thumbs down.
A mime woman in white gloves with thumbs up and thumbs down.
Writing success is full of rejection. Image by press 👍 and ⭐

To date, I’ve watched approximately 6,233* YouTube videos telling me how to become a writing success. I’ve read 8,757* articles about formatting, style, topic selection, title creation, subtitle creation, SEO, and just about everything else about writing. I’ve enrolled in every free Medium training course I could find. Every day my email inbox is filled with dozens of follow-up emails offering to sell me upgrades to the free training courses I’ve taken.


It’s normal to avoid suffering and difficulty. Embracing hardship helps.

2 women remodeling a house are sitting together and embracing.
2 women remodeling a house are sitting together and embracing.
Remodeling is difficult but satisfying. By embracing difficulty, we can find happiness. Image by Anemone123

I’m sick of the news. There’s no escaping coronavirus, politics, wars, citizens fighting on American streets, protests, businesses closing. Over and over, we hear this group is lying, and that party is cheating. These people are calling those people names. Really? Is that the best we can do?


How to make your readers keep reading your articles to the end

Woman chewing a pencil in front of a laptop. She’s excited about her story idea.
Woman chewing a pencil in front of a laptop. She’s excited about her story idea.
Image by Jan Vašek

You’ve written the perfect blog post title. The blog’s first paragraph practically drags your readers kicking and screaming into the story. According to Answer the Public, people are asking tons of questions about your idea. You checked it out on Google Trends and the topic is blazing hot.


A simple 5-word affirmation will motivate you

If not you, then who? Black woman holding a crown.
If not you, then who? Black woman holding a crown.
Photo by Dellon Thomas from Pexels

A positive mantra changed Deshauna Barber’s life.


What if instead of looking the other way, you stepped in to help an underdog?

Standing Up for the Underdog Will Give You Purpose — painted face
Standing Up for the Underdog Will Give You Purpose — painted face
Image by Merry Christmas from Pixabay

Standing up for the underdog by confronting a bully isn’t easy.


Shortcuts are detours in disguise

There Are No Shortcuts to Getting Any Place Worth Going
There Are No Shortcuts to Getting Any Place Worth Going

Sometimes shortcuts are the worst decision.


Signs of being gaslighted you can’t ignore

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Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay

Managing power and abuse in a relationship

In a healthy relationship, there’s a natural ebb and flow between couples, friends, families, and business associates. There’s an understanding that everyone involved is safe to express ideas and thoughts without condemnation or abuse.


Everyone benefits from a healthy relationship

A couple near a bay. 5 Things About Caustic Relationships I Learned Too Late
A couple near a bay. 5 Things About Caustic Relationships I Learned Too Late
Things I learned about caustic relationships. Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Relationships are a bank where we make deposits.


If you want to be a writer, go after it. Period!

Don’t Let People Tell You That You Can’t Write
Don’t Let People Tell You That You Can’t Write
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

They said, “You can’t write.”


It isn’t talent, genius, or being unique. It’s much simpler than that.

Woman in a red dress standing in a field
Woman in a red dress standing in a field
Image by 99mimimi from Pixabay

Successful writers know what not to do when writing. There are thousands of articles and dozens of books about what a new writer needs to do to be successful. New and experienced writers read these articles and books to see if they can dig out a secret that will propel their writing to stardom. The authors write about talent. They write about genius. And many share tips on how they come up with “unique” ideas.

About

Dayton Parks

A writer who writes every day. Published in The Ascent, The Writing Cooperative, Illumination-curated.

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