A good friend once told me,
“Keep writing until it stops hurting.”
And so I did.
That’s why I’m still here. I could never stop.
It never stops hurting.
Writing is a privilege, and sometimes we forget.
How many people don’t have the means to write?
A lot, right?
That’s why I try to help everyone who has the opportunity to get started in this craft. In writing, there are no enemies. We are not competitors. We belong to the same guild. And we have to collaborate to preserve literature.
That’s why, in today’s article, I want to reveal 5…
Sometimes we don’t have time.
That’s why I don’t want to waste yours.
I share with you quickly and easily a list of the best tips that have improved my reading comprehension and my writing because the better you read, the better you write.
Everyone has a reason for doing things. Maybe you read to learn something you need. Maybe you read to be informed. Maybe you read to relax.
It doesn’t matter what the reason is as long as you keep it in mind. Who knows “why” finds the “how.”
Remembering why we read helps us to…
Ariel Levy broke my heart tonight.
He made me read such brilliant and moving things like this,
“But the truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic. There is no adventure I would trade them for; there is no place I would rather have seen.”
— Ariel Levy.
And I say he made me because I can’t stop reading her story until I finished it.
I’m always the last to find out. It’s like I live on a deserted island, and it takes years for the news to get around.
And that happened to…
Want to be read?
Then this article is for you.
This month I’ve read a few posts where people complain because they don’t have many readers.
One of the most commonly used apologies is the following:
“I write about personal anecdotes. That’s why I don’t get read.”
And it’s a shame because I have read incredible personal stories on this platform. That’s why I decided to do something. And I signed up for an essay class. So I could take notes and then share them with all of us who like to write in a more personal way.
I have been analyzing the world’s leading writers for years.
And at the end of all this time, I’ve noticed that the difference between good writing and bad writing has very little to do with talent. Writing well is a process that relies on discipline to flourish. But above all, it requires the writer to have the right mindset.
This is what exceptional writers do, regardless of their talent:
“Every person that you meet knows something you don’t…
The purpose of life it’s not to be happy.
Stop searching for happiness like a junkie. Because that’s the main reason for your suffering.
One famous philosopher say once,
“Life without pain has no meaning.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer.
According to Schopenhauer, human beings are unsatisfied beings condemned to repeat the cycle of desire.
Human beings are like that. We’re never satisfied. We never stop yearning for more than we have.
This is what Buddha preached in a certain way. …
Being a freelance writer is not living on a beach in Thailand drinking margaritas while typing on your laptop.
Freelance writing is not as romantic as it looks on YouTube commercials. To make a living with your words, you have to work hard and put in the effort every day.
Being a digital nomad sounds like fun, but it’s a full-time job.
To be a freelance writer is to have to take care of all the other things that have nothing to do with writing,
And the list goes on…
The other day I was thinking a little about my life.
In a few months, I will turn forty. And during this time, there have been all kinds of sh*ts. But not only bad times made me the way I am today.
Some lessons I learned here and there made my path easy: attitudes and capacities that worked for me, and maybe for you too.
One of these pearls of wisdom is something I learned from Epictetus.
I love the Stoics, but I identify a lot with this guy because when I read him, he speaks to me.
“I’m drinking rum in a McDonald’s paper cup.”
That’s what a friend of mine told me when I called him last Saturday.
And I asked him if he was okay. And he said,
Yeah, bro, why?
Because you’re drinking alone. — I answered.
There was an awkward silence, and he tried to excuse himself.
I’m fine, man. I do it after work, every Saturday, just chilling out.
You know, a hard week at Amazon.
Kids when I come home.
The bills, draining my soul.
It’s my time, just that.
I’m not hurting anybody.
And, indeed, he wasn’t hurting anyone but…
Sometimes I get up. Turn on the TV while I eat breakfast, watch the news, and before I finish my coffee, I feel like going back to bed.
There are days when it seems like the world is hours away from ending. But nobody does anything.
It’s like the old parable of the great philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.
Once upon a time, a circus troupe arrived in a distant village and was very successful. In this circus, there was a famous clown who made everyone laugh.
One day, the circus started to catch fire. And the clown went out to the…
Alberto García (Malafama1981) is the author of the books "Incommensurable. El libro encantado" and "Desde dentro" (Published by Editorial Planeta).