Article writing

I remember how I always groaned when my father started to tell his story of “how he drew a kingfisher”, when he was just a boy in school. I loved the story, but I’d heard it so many times, that the thought of escape always crossed my mind when he’d start up that story. The […]

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You know that story your mum used to tell? Every time she’d start recounting it, you’d groan. You had heard that story ten squillion times before and your mum just ignored you and told it anyway. You may forgive mum, after all she’s just dear ol’ mum, but your readers won’t always be as kind. […]

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In 333BC, Darius, the ruler of Persia was sure of his victory on the battlefield. After all, his soldiers outnumbered Alexander the Great’s army by 2:1. And yet, Alexander used an unusual ploy. Instead of the usual strategy of both armies battling it out, he decided to just go after Darius. That single-minded command caused […]

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  Did you eat something today? Drank some sort of drink? Well, there’s a good chance you’ve been exposed to the multi-billion dollar flavour industry. Almost all the products we eat or drink have these flavours and companies spend massive amounts of money researching to make sure the get the right flavour for their product. […]

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If you’ve watched an artist at work, you’ll notice a moment when the artist twitches. The twitch comes from a dilemma: Should you add a few touches to the painting? Or leave well enough alone? And most people don’t leave well enough alone and ruin their work. Of course, once you’ve mucked up a few […]

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Take one glass and put it on your dining table Put another glass into that glass, so it stacks up. Then another. And keep adding glasses. So when did you stop? You stopped, didn’t you? And for good reason too. At some point those glasses looked very much like they were going to do a Humpty-Dumpty […]

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Imagine you have to go away for a week on vacation Suddenly something intensely interesting happens with your planning. You have no time to waste. Facebook, Twitter and all other idiotic distractions never show up on your screen. TV watching becomes a luxury. Every moment of your day is focused on clearing your schedule so that your vacation is […]

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We’ve all seen that heart monitor in hospitals, haven’t we? It spikes up, down, then flat. In stories, these ups, downs and flats seem to show up almost as part of the story. A story by its very nature seems to bob up and down. Not so with articles. In articles, it’s easy to go from […]

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Do you feel a headache coming on, whenever you make your to-do list? I sure do, because no matter how much I whittle down my list, there’s always a ton of projects that need to be finished. And that’s when the headache comes on. And stays on until I do a simple act. I choose to start […]

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Way back in the year 2002, I had what you’d call “bad days”.  Actually they were worse than bad. They were foul days. These foul days were my “article writing days”. I’d start off cheerily enough I’d be inspired to write an article and would begin. And then something would happen–I’m not sure what. But […]

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Storytelling seems to be the rage these days. And yet, it’s not new at all. It’s been around for thousands of years. What’s more, it’s not even alien to us. Even as a three-year old, you can tell when a story is really cool and when it’s just plain boring. The problem arises when we […]

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Have you heard about a program called InDesign? Well, if you haven’t, it’s a program I use to create amazing-looking e-books. Then one day, someone asked me to show them how to create e-books similar to what I was doing. Could I, she asked, create a video-based product that would teach her the precise steps […]

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