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Because eventually, all writing goes stale

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You love to write. You’ve written every day for years. But lately, you’ve gotten bored with your writing, and the quality of your work isn’t as good as it could be because of it. Your writing has gone stale.

Why does this happen, and what can you do to revive it? There are a few reasons, and several ways you can improve your work. We’ll talk about those in this article.

Why does writing go stale?

If you’re writing about the same topics, in the same way, every day, eventually your writing will go stale. …


Because it takes more than one group to improve education for students.

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When I was growing up, my parents stressed the importance of getting a good education. Though I had some difficulties in school early on, I still worked hard, and my parents helped me with the subjects I had a hard time with, like math and science.

My hard work paid off, and I ended up doing well in middle school, high school, and college. Later, I decided to become a school teacher but didn’t do as well as a school teacher as my mother had.

When I think back to my experience as a student, I realize there are two…


Information in unused cells can be distracting

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If you’ve read some of my previous articles, you know I like to use Google Sheets to track different goals. One thing I hate, though, is seeing information in unused cells, such as when I’m tracking progress to a goal. To me, it’s distracting to see information in cells I’m not using yet. I figured out how to hide unused cells in Google Sheets. I’ll explain how to do it here.

Why would you want to hide information in cells?

If you’re creating a spreadsheet that tracks a decreasing total, you have to copy the formula used to track the total into the total column. However, if you don’t…


Because there’s nothing worse than being distracted when you need to work on something important.

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If you’re a writer, you know how important it is to block out distractions while you write. That can be hard to do when you write on a computer though. There are too many distractions, like Facebook and Twitter. Even Medium can be a distraction if you spend too much time on it.

Luckily, there is a way to block out distractions and spend more time working on the projects that matter to you — use the Cold Turkey app. This article will explain what Cold Turkey is, and how to use it to improve your focus.

What is Cold Turkey?

Cold Turkey is…


Because sometimes you need to search for your own information.

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Please note, I am not receiving any kind of compensation for sharing the link in this post.

Have you ever wanted to create a database that others could use to search for specific information? It’s possible to create sophisticated databases with tools like Microsoft Access — they can even pull information from other databases. What if you just want to create a simple database that you can use to search for the information you already have, though? It’s easy to do with Notion. In this short article, I’ll explain why and how to use Notion to create a searchable database.

What is Notion?


Because no one wants their readers to be confused.

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When you’re working on improving your writing, one thing writers should pay attention to are commonly confused words. There are several English words that many writers commonly confuse. They can change your sentence’s meaning, or make you appear unprofessional. What are these words, and what do they mean? I’ll discuss that in this post.

Access/Excess

Access is used both as a noun, meaning you’re able to enter, as in “she was given access to the building.” It’s also used as a verb meaning “to enter” as in “access the building by entering your entry code.”

Excess can be used as a…


Because all writers want to create quality content faster.

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If you’re a writer, you might be looking for ways to type more words every day. One thing you can do is find ways to reduce the amount of time you spend typing. The best way to do this is to use keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse.

Benefits of using keyboard shortcuts

In addition to reducing the time you spend typing, using keyboard shortcuts also makes you more efficient at doing different tasks on your computer. When you’re not reaching for the mouse all the time, and once you start using shortcuts every day, you’ll notice you’re more productive when it comes to writing.


It may be acceptable to use copyrighted photos in certain situations.

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If you’ve ever wondered if it’s ok to use a copyrighted image in a post, the short answer is no, it isn’t ok to use it without the owner’s consent. However, there’s an exception to this rule — the Fair Use agreement. Fair use covers a few different situations. I’ll explain what it is in this post, what the limits are, and cover some things to think about before you use copyrighted images.

What is the fair use agreement?

The fair use agreement allows for limited and reasonable use of photos, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the owner’s rights, or impede their right to…

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