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Killing Trolls with Kindness


Posted By on Jan 15, 2013

Every interaction is a chance to tell your brand’s story. Every interaction helps build your brand’s story. So why aren’t you more mindful when you interact with others online? Look, it’s easy to rant in the heat of the moment. It’s easy to focus on your complaints while ignoring the praises. But it only takes a few words of negativity to ruin millions spent in advertising, and that’s not restricted to corporate brand management...

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In a previous post I admitted to struggling with writing fiction because I’ve been trained as a journalist. Describing a scene, developing a character, and writing dialogue are shared story components of both fiction and non-fiction, but creating it all “from thin air” as opposed to reporting reality can require a bit of a jump for newbie fiction writers. Here are 3 Tips I’ve used to help make the jump from...

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Now that you know what inspiration feels like you also probably know what it feels like to be devoid of ideas. Here are seven ways you can trigger a brainstorm of ideas and overcome your writer’s block. The Habitat of Creativity: Immerse yourself where creativity resides. Be inspired by other artists – visit the local art museum, take a walk outdoors, watch smart TV and film, and, my personal favorite, read good writers of...

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Ideas are like fireflies: beautiful to look at in the dark, but ugly in the daylight…not to mention that once you catch ‘em and put ‘em in a jar they stop glowing. Nope. That’s not right. Ideas are like starfish: cut off one leg and, should enough of the life-sustaining idea remain, it’ll grow a new leg back. Nope. Not right either. Ideas are like butterflies: they flit about all pretty like and you have to have the right tool (i.e....

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The Past I’m a planner by nature. In graduate school when I wrote papers I would take notes from sources, write an outline for my piece, organize my notes and sources into that outline and then, and only then, write my paper. Usually the process took a couple of weeks. I thought about the outline before actually developing it. I spent even more time thinking about the paper before actually writing it. This usually left me with...

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