The battle between nature and nurture.

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Whenever I see a well-written article, I often wonder how the writer became so good. Quite often, I simply conclude that good writing can be attributed to two things: consistency and natural talent.

The truth is, we’ve all had varying experiences as writers. For some, it’s a perfect flow of ideas and for others, it’s a matter of steady improvement over time.

Now, the question is: What makes a good writer? Is it one who is taught to write or another who was born with a natural talent to do so.

Simply put, are writers born or made?

Writing: A talent or a skill?

The age-old…


There’s more to writing than we know…

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Writing is a process. Good writers don’t sit to write just anything.

It’s an art which involves sharpening one’s mental muscles through creative thinking and in-depth understanding.

Writers think a lot and whether we admit it or not, our lives are an entire thought-process.

This is why a writer’s mind is almost never silent because it is a breeding ground for the creation and formation of ideas.

It is not unusual for writers to question themselves before they start writing.

If you desire a better quality of work and engagement, here are some quick questions to ask yourself before you…


The struggle between perfect or consistent writing.

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The age-old debate of what to pick between quality and quantity has remained a burning issue for years and it continues to be one.

When writing, do you sometimes struggle to make a decision on whether to churn out several consecutive pieces or to simply retreat to collate your next singular piece before releasing it?

This is a reality which most writers face.

Sometimes, it’s hard to decide if one lengthy story is better than 10 noticeably short stories.

The Case for Quality

There are writers who won’t publish anything until they are sure that it is up to standard and qualitative enough to…


Hard truths every writer should know…

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Anyone who thinks writing is easy does not know what truly happens behind the scenes.

The life of a writer may seem blissful, however, no one knows how many road bumps and harsh reality checks are encountered on a daily basis.

Whether as a beginner or an experienced writer, the hard truths about writing are things you have to be prepared for.

If writing is as easy as most people think it is, everyone would be writers!

Writing is a true test of mental strength

Although the list is not exhaustive, here are some…


These guidelines from great writers will help you

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Do you sometimes see great writers and wonder how they became so successful?

For these writers, their success may not only be ascribed to their ability to write, but also to commitment, willingness and dedication towards their craft.

Writers who write every day have daily rituals that work for them. These rituals could range from several unique practices to singular regular habits. For these high achievers, their writing is not tied to any skill or talent, but due to their persistence in the pursuit of greatness.

Here are some timely routines, as…


Because the pressure is unnecessary

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Some years back, I faced serious pressure as a newlywed to have kids. The comments, the questions, and prayers kept coming.

Bear in mind that it was barely a year into marriage, but prying eyes and intrusive words were already driving me to a place of extreme discomfort and undue pressure.

Someone particularly asked if I was still in the honeymoon phase of my marriage and concluded that it was the reason why I wasn’t yet pregnant.

It got so intense that whenever I uploaded any picture on social media, I would receive direct comments on how I had put…


Because it costs nothing, but means everything

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Kindness is one of the greatest assets of humanity. Human behaviour is wired in a spectacular way that makes kindness a basic necessity for our continued existence and sustenance.

In a world where people are constantly looking out for themselves and minding the business that pays them, a little act of kindness is a big deal.

Kindness could mean different things to various people because we express ourselves differently. It all depends on how you choose to show it. Whether it’s through empathy, good gesture, thoughtfulness or by being helpful, our modes of expression vary.

The truth about kindness is…


All it took was the willingness to take the plunge

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Confidence is a good thing to have. While some people are naturally confident, others need to work on themselves before they can attain it.

For a long time, I was a timid person. I never saw myself as a leader or a vocal person, particularly if I was in a group with others. I could do all the background work, but when it came to presentations and representation, I would always take a back seat.

I was the observer who would let others speak on my behalf. For me, timidity had reached a point of no return.

As I grew…


Emancipate yourself from mental torture

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“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” — Ann Landers

Nursing resentment is the worst thing that could happen to anyone. Holding on to past wrongful actions of others is one of the surest ways to prevent yourself from having inner peace.

Agreed, it's perfectly normal to get angry. At some point, we may have lost our temper and gone off when someone or something made us upset. However, once we continue to harbour ill feelings and it grows to a point of deep-seated bitterness, it may bring us more harm than good.

We…


And the various attempts to change his lifestyle

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Dina was first seen in 1867 by some hunters who found him with a pack of wolves in a forest in the Bulandshahr district in India. On sighting him, the hunters were quite surprised to know that it was a young boy, no older than six years who was living in the wilderness.

From every indication, it appeared that the boy had been raised by the wolves. Being alone and isolated had affected him so much that he walked on all fours and exhibited other wolf-like characteristics like howling and grunting.

He was described as having prominent teeth, a low…

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