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More reasons to smile

A kid could’ve just gotten their braces off

A family could’ve just bought their first official house

A hijabi could’ve gotten complimented on the way they tie their hijab

An older sister could’ve just helped her recently openly gay brother perfect his winged liner

A kid could’ve just stood up to their bully

Someone could’ve just gotten asked to a dance by their crush

A student could’ve just gotten accepted into the college of their choice

A family in need could’ve been given their own Christmas tree

Someone who recently lost weight could’ve just noticed their new muscles

Someone could’ve just gotten their first paycheck

A kid could’ve just finished their letter to Santa

A healthy baby could’ve just been born despite multiple health scares

An addict could’ve just admitted themselves into rehab

A person in the military could’ve just made it home for Christmas

Someone could’ve just made the basketball team

A college student could’ve just finished the project that’s been stressing them out for weeks

A couple could’ve just said their first I love you

A woman could’ve just said yes to getting married

A gay married couple could be celebrating their one year wedding anniversary

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
if you do not listen to the sounds of life,
if you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice…

—  Pablo Neruda
Writing Advice Master List

I’ve written a lot of writing advice posts over the past year and some change, and thought it might be nice to round them all up in one place for y’all to browse. Enjoy! (You can always check out my #writing advice tag for more!) 

And, as always, if you have a writing question or thought or want to discuss something, drop me a line in my inbox! 

Rules for Playing Fair With Your Reader

RP vs Narrative Fiction

Using Descriptions Responsibly

The “Waking From Sleep” Opening

No, Let’s NOT Stop Writing About Metaphorical Struggles

“Show Don’t Tell” (And How It Goes Wrong)

Killing Your Darlings

Making Self-Motivated Characters

Roleplaying is Not a Competitive Sport

A Defense of Problematic Fiction

Thoughts on Whitewashing and Fantastic Racism