What to Do When You Have Trouble Pleasing Everyone

What to Do When You Have Trouble Pleasing Everyone

What to Do When You Have Trouble Pleasing Everyone Do you have trouble pleasing everyone? Does it bother you when people ask you a question or ask for your input and then they don't say thanks or even acknowledge the help? You try to help someone out, but then you never hear from them again. What's up with that? That happened to me twice the other week. Did I say something wrong? Did I rub them the wrong way? I'll probably never know. And if it happens to you, you may never find out either. But as they say, the show must go on. It would be nice if we could please everyone, but unfortunately, pleasing everyone is virtually impossible. There will be people you can't please, no matter what you do. You just have to shrug it off and focus on being you. In fiction writing, everything has to make sense – there has to be a great reason for why a character behaves...
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How to Be Your True Self When Your True Colors Want to Come Out Instead

How to Be Your True Self When Your True Colors Want to Come Out Instead

How to Be Your True Self When Your True Colors Want to Come Out Instead So often we hide behind a façade, afraid that if we show our true selves, people won't like us. This can be a big deal for writers. We're a unique breed. We have wild imaginations, and we ponder ways to spin events into complex tales. And if people only knew the weird thoughts that run through our minds every day, they'd run the other way. Wouldn't they? It's our wild imaginations that make us great storytellers. And it takes a little quirkiness sometimes to write interesting stories. Attempting to be "normal" could be detrimental to our writing ability. But it isn't just our writing ability that depends on our true selves. Before I go on, let me clarify something. When I say "true selves," I'm not talking about "true colors." I'm not talking about our tendencies toward sarcasm, negativity, judgments, or narcissism. It's my belief that those traits are...
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The Incredible Power of Getting Our Thoughts Down With Journal Writing

The Incredible Power of Getting Our Thoughts Down With Journal Writing

The Incredible Power of Getting Our Thoughts Down With Journal Writing Journal writing so easily gets brushed off as a lame activity. Why on earth would you want to risk letting your thoughts be read by someone else? Or maybe writing isn't your forte and the thought of writing makes you cringe. Or maybe you've been journaling for a while and just need a reminder to keep going. Whatever the case may be, I urge you to consider the benefits we can gain from journal writing. So, what are the benefits of journal writing? There is a lot we can learn about ourselves and our work through the process of getting our thoughts down. When we release our thoughts onto paper or through the keyboard, it allows us to remove the layers and uncover other thoughts and ideas we didn't know we had. If you feel stuck or need direction, getting your thoughts out can help you clarify where you need to go. Whether...
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