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…
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…
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. …
Some of the writers on Medium are saying that curation is not important anymore. But the explanation given by Medium staff is vague and confusing.
First, we’ll explore what is relational media and then we’ll dissect the explanation to reach a conclusion about whether Medium has really pulled the plug on its curation program:
This was explained by Evan Williams in one of his posts:
“Among other ways, the internet has changed media consumption along a spectrum that you might call relational to transactional.”
In simple words, the readers on the internet don’t care who has written the article they…
Life is a game. You feel that too. Right? Searching my inner self, I often find new and strange things. We rarely know ourselves as much as we believe we do.
If you can see life as a game, you may have more courage to follow your heart and have fun in the process. But how any of this — the gamified version of life — can help you write?
“Look, I don’t know what’s hidden within you.
I have no way of knowing such a thing. You may barely know, although I suspect you’ve caught glimpses.
I don’t know…
Writing advice is great if it is simple.
You can waste a lot of time reading advice that doesn’t remotely help you. Or you can chose to get hammered by short but intense cleverness.
Tim Denning has more than 100M views over the last six years. He says, “ I didn’t study beautiful English essays or date Hemingway’s mother.”
I have read books on writing. But Tim Denning’s raw, emotional, unprofessional, and popular style can teach us a lot about writing — and succeeding — online.
Don’t try to invent your style. Everything is a remix. Hardly 1% of information…
Do you worry whether you can take your reader to the end? You fear she’ll quit without reading the whole story. What can you do — as a writer — to push your reader forward?
Think of your story as a roller coaster ride. It starts somewhere and ends somewhere. But in between these two points, you have to create all the fun.
What do the readers want?
They want to have fun while they learn about new things. Books are full of knowledge — and wisdom — but sometimes they are boring. Wikipedia is chock-full of dry information.
The professional writers don’t write stories. They pitch their raw ideas to large publications. When their pitch is accepted, they start writing.
Medium can pay around $500 for one story if you pitch your idea right.
How would you like to see your story in a Medium partner publication? But they don’t make it easy, do they?
Medium Publications have their own flavor, style, and overall voice. Run by professional editors, they value only one thing: quality writing. But first, read the stories they like to publish.
Tim Denning kept pitching his stories to Medium publications for a full year…
It’s odd, isn’t it? How we often feel like we need to pretend everything is fine when we’re feeling broken. As writers, we can do away with the pretence.
Good stories are the ones you don’t want to tell. They tell the reader about your concealed truth. Since most people don’t share true feelings, it gives you the edge.
Good stories are stressful to write.
You want to publish them, but then you feel uneasy. When you start to feel uncomfortable, it means your story reveals your soft underbelly.
Living life in awe of it all. Hoping to make sense. A Thinker, Writer & Storyteller. Working on my tech startup.