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“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Elisa’s Thought for the Week:

I like to think that my online writing skills have improved at least a smidge since I wrote this:
Do you ever go back and look at your old writing — and marvel at how far you’ve come?

What You Missed on Craft Your Content …

Our articles have the same mission we do — to help you to make your own words even better!

  • As human society evolves, our values and the things we care about are continuously shifting. To help you make your brand one of those things, writer Lozi Mabunga shares how to harness the power of storytelling for sincere, empathetic brand marketing.

  • From the Archives (March 2017): For thousands of years, humans have communicated by telling stories. Using the work of Samuel Taylor Colerige, writer Is Andrews explains the key to intuitive communication and how you can weave compelling tales using just a few words.

In Other Reading This Week …

Need more insights and inspiration for your writing and mindset?

  • The French Dispatch takes us behind the scenes of a fictional American magazine publishing its last issue: an anthology of stories; exploring the stories, their writers, and the lives of writers all over, in the process.

  • Often, what gets an article pitch discarded isn’t the idea. It’s the pitch. This Freelancing With Tim post shares how to pitch stories not ideas, and the very important difference between both.

  • Being a writer can be amazing, or… not. For those of us running low on “I love my job” moments, Author Kate McKean shares how to like what you write, and enjoy writing it.

  • Were you really into mythology when you were younger? I sure was, and still am. On GAWKER, writer Jenny Zhang shares the results of a deep-dive to discover the similarities in each “lore kid” featuring everything from statistical research to personal anecdotes.

  • While more and more media spaces welcome inclusive diversity, we have some work to do before we finally have an inclusive table. In this MAHONING MATTERS article, Journalist Eartha Hopkins explores diversity and inclusion in Media, Storytelling, and Journalism.

Weekly Writing Tip …

A quick chance to learn from the masters.

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

For the Upcoming Week …

Because we all need a good chuckle to start things off right!

Probably should’ve remembered this before snoozing my alarm.

(Credit: Cassandra Comics)

Till next time!