Chasing an ambulance is more exciting than following a taxi.

People are curious about the lives of first responders. Image by Queven from Pixabay


Don’t waste time doubting yourself

Self-doubt can leave us feeling like we’re stuck and wondering how to fix it. Image by silviarita from Pixabay

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do…


Being an influential writer is a never-ending process.

A woman with her arms raised on a trail headed towards a mountain range.
A woman with her arms raised on a trail headed towards a mountain range.
Every journey starts somewhere. But you will not end up where you started. Image by pasja1000 from Pixabay


I’ve been debating about writing this story for several days.

Ice cream vendors know how to make people happy. Image by Couleur from Pixabay


A faceless person, in a crowd of faces, is easy to recognize.

A faceless image in the midst of a crowd of people
A faceless image in the midst of a crowd of people
Being faceless in a crowd doesn’t mean you won’t be recognized. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” — Charles Bukowski

The Mad Hatter in a street parade
The Mad Hatter in a street parade
“No great mind has existed without a touch of madness.” — Aristotle. Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash


Is there such a thing as negative progress?

Making progress is sometimes like running up stairs. Photo by Ev on Unsplash


What I learned from shopping at the grocery store

A plastic cup litter.
A plastic cup litter.
Common sense is becoming scarcer every day. Image by Markku Vuorenmaa from Pixabay


How you fish for ideas will make you a better writer

A woman fishing.
A woman fishing.
Getting ideas is like fishing. Knowing how to do it makes a big difference. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
  • Routinely sitting in front of your computer staring into space with a blank look on your face while pinching your lower lip.
  • Your most common expression to your significant other is, “I can’t think of anything to write about.”
  • Habitually reading articles about how to find ideas to write about.

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