Curated and distributed in Self | Startups

The successful know that their efforts will become significant as they move forward

Blue Moon, lunar lander replica, at the Washington Convention Center, with Jeff Bezos standing in front of it
Blue Moon, lunar lander replica, at the Washington Convention Center, with Jeff Bezos standing in front of it
Blue Origin, working with NASA, is aiming to go to the moon by 2024 — Image by Dave Mosher

Big things start small because we can’t understand a complicated task unless we break it down into bite-size chunks. Our minds can process only one item at a time. We have to start small.

I read something similar in an interview where Jeff Bezos was discussing his experiences during Amazon’s growth phase. He said, “The biggest oak starts from an acorn, and if you want to do anything new, you’ve got to be willing to let that acorn grow into a little sapling and then finally into a small tree, and maybe one day it will be a big business…

Curated and distributed in Writing | Psychology

Your writing spirit will come alive to write winning stories

Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado on Unsplash

When we don’t have sex for a long time, anything remotely sexy feels exciting. When we are hungry, every food looks tasty.

When you are multitasking, you are dividing your attention between two or more interests, but you cannot choose one. Fascinating videos and stories confuse you about what makes you feel super excited. You can jump to more exciting stuff in an instant, thanks to the AI-powered auto-suggestions tailored to keep you glued to the social media.

If you are not a writer on a mission, it is okay to indulge your visual appetite with entertaining videos. But if…

Curated and distributed into: Psychology | Society

Most of us are confused about the relative importance of intellect and emotions in living our lives

A happy boy with umbrella jumping in a puddle of water in a street
A happy boy with umbrella jumping in a puddle of water in a street
Intellect tells you to stay away from the puddle of water but emotions tell you to jump into it — Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay

The movies and novels play a crucial part in our lives. Most of us spend a lot of time watching movies and reading. Is it a mindless pursuit of entertainment, or is it an unmet human need that attracts us?

Most of the good movies are not compilations of amazing shots and special effects. These movies try to touch our souls with their emotional appeal. They are a great source of inspiration and parasocial needs. …

How Illumination is becoming the most popular publication

Image by Мария Ткачук and Thought Catalog from Pixabay

Yesterday, 529 people followed Illumination. Only 100 followed the Ascent. The total reading time is 11,958,342 minutes for Illumination. Its writers earned more than half a million dollars in its first year 🍻.

If you are a writer, you think — all the time.

‘Will a big publication accept my story?’ you think. If you are a decent writer — the plagiarist is an indecent one — and you submit a story to Illumination, you can safely assume that it will be published. This is the spirit of writing on Medium.

Why are the editors of huge publications so finicky? Because they accept the best and reject the rest. Illumination is the only publication that publishes your work as it is. It allows new writers to learn by making mistakes.

Medium elevates the…

Investigating the connection between reading and writing well

Image by PourquoiPas

Is your writing ability closely tied to your reading ability? Can your MRI scan prove that? I’ll try to prove my point in two minutes.

But first, why read anyway?

Knowing is a human need — like breathing or eating. If you are not feeling good, you do not always need to swallow a pill; sometimes, you need to read — or watch — something.

Sir Roger Scruton said, “Consolation from imaginary things is not imaginary consolation.”

National Health Service of UK started Reading Well, a Books on Prescription program to prescribe fiction and self-help works for some conditions.


Editor’s Choice — Top 10:

Let’s have a look at our top 10 stories today

Photos by The Creative Exchange and Anastasia Gepp

If you follow this method, you’d be as gutless as you ever were. But your writing would show that you have the guts to tell a great story.

“Fake it until you make it,” as they say about making money. But can this apply to writing and telling stories? Is it easy to fake you have incredible guts to tell a story?

In fact, everybody is already trying to do that. The world is full of writers trying to fake emotions in their stories — like they fake orgasms. Faking honesty will not work.

Another trick would be to have…

A bragging storm has been brewing in my head since Tim Denning clapped for my stories

Illustration (of Tim Denning) by Alex Victor Tehras — from Tim’s most-viewed stories page.

‘F*ck decency,’ I thought. I may win a No-Bell Prize someday, but at this time, I am just a struggling writer. One of those extras who say one line in a Tom Cruise movie (that is edited out in the final cut of the film. And you come to know about it in the theatre where you have taken ten of your friends to tell them that this was the break you were looking for).

Once upon a time — or four days ago — I woke up, grabbed my cup of coffee, sat in my favorite kitchen chair, and…

You can change your words to reach your desired emotional appeal

Image by Peter Pieras

The viral stories move you. When you are reading them, you are intensely engaged. It happens because the writer creates a connection with you on an emotional level.

What if I told you that there is an AI — Artificial Intelligence — that can tell you your story’s emotional value — as a number? Green is positive emotions and red is negative emotions?

Companies are using this type of AI to monitor and understand reviews and customer feedback. They don’t need to read thousands of reviews on their site or Facebook. …

Editor’s Choice — Top 10:

Let’s have a look at our top 10 stories today

Illumination Editor’s Choice — Images by StockSnap and Robert Balog

Do you feel anything about the topic of your next story? If nobody is going to connect emotionally with what you are going to say — you don’t need to write it.

Write things you feel.

But first, check if your feelings are intense enough. If you value your obsessions, you’ll find it easy to write more engaging material.

Franz Kafka believed you should write about your intense obsessions:

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” ~ Franz Kafka

Dew Langrial

Living life in awe of it all. Hoping to make sense. A Thinker, Writer & Storyteller. Working on my tech startup.

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