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Written by Darice de Cuba on April 20, 2011

Mother Ghost

For now though, I wanted to say that I’ve been reading a really fun book about creativity — it’s by Lynda Barry, the cartoonist, and it’s called What Is It. (Or is that what it is?) Because she is fun, she has invented a fun exercise for doing some image-based writing that I’ve really enjoyed.

RIP: Skribit

Skribit, which was founded in 2007, had the laudable goal of helping cure writer’s block. I support anyone who has that goal.

Skribit was a great idea, I even had an account to try it out. Personally I think an issue was that readers don’t have many ideas. If we as bloggers struggle already with what to write, readers have even less of an idea. They just know they want to read your writing.

5 Ways to Boost Your Retweets

[..] one of the most powerful aspects of promotion on Twitter is to get retweeted (or RT in Twitterspeak).

This article is for freelancers, but the tips apply to anyone who wants to boost their retweets.

A writer’s virtues: patience and persistence

First of all, writing is a craft. By that, I mean that you can always practice and improve. The idea that someone with no writing experience can one day start scribbling and produce a significant, credible piece of work is nonsense.

I don’t write a lot compared to most, but the little writing I do takes a lot of patience. Sometimes I play with the idea to write in my native language, but I wouldn’t have a large audience then.

Safe at work

There are people who do the jobs that I could never do, no matter how much I think I could do it, no matter how often I think I could really take a risk and push myself into the nether regions and do something hard and dangerous and edgy.

This is very true, I used to fantasize what it would be like to be a National Geographic photographer. It seems like a glamorous job, while it actually consist of sleeping in bare circumstances, dangerous animals and insects. Steve Irwin is a unforgettable example of how dangerous working in the wild can be.

A Simple Guide To Belly Breathing

It directs your energy and attention inwards. Helps get out of your head, even if its just for a moment and can settle and calm any anxious feelings.

We all deal with stress daily. It was my physiotherapist who taught me years ago to belly breath. Since then I have been told by many specialist that you need to make belly breathing a natural habit. It also helps when you are behind the computer and stuck with whatever you are doing.