EMPATHY: “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”
But what makes a person an Empath with a capital “E” other than experiencing this emotion? The definition of this phenomenon varies but here is what multiple sources agree upon:
Let’s dive in to what this obscure concept really boils down to.
Empathy can be understood through the tendency for humans (and rodents) to mirror each other, gage what someone else is going through based on our own similar experiences, and our ability to imagine ourselves in their shoes. …
Here is a summary of the controversy:
Different modes of writing call for different technical approaches. Articles, blogposts, short stories, poems, and diary entries each call for different wording, presentation, and tone. Think of them as generic conventions.
Sometimes, you can break these rules, especially in creative writing or experimental pieces. But sometimes trimming the fat of your writing allows your strengths to shine through.
Academic essays tend to judged harshly based on a rigid set of rules and ultimately graded. Therefore, when writing a paper or essay as part of your education, it is worth ensuring that your writing style is tidy. The ideas in your essay are more important than your writing style. However, inadequate writing may sell your ideas short. …
“Embark on my self-improvement journey! I created by own business from scratch, became a millionaire on my eighteenth birthday, travelled the world, and bought my own mansion by following the these simple mantras. To be like me, here’s what you must remember:
Who are you to intrude
upon my idle solitude?
You find me limp like a wet, ripped stocking,
yet as frigid as a dry latex glove.
with your sculpted cheeks of Apollo.
I could frame that face
and hang you from my garden wall.
I will bring the rope,
but have you tie the knot.
I will admire you beneath every archway.
I will sign my name below,
like I sign my own face
when the lipstick goes on.
If you still could
whisper, you would
tell me I should
rise. Above it all.
Stony like your glare.
Shifted, like a lens,
winged and red tinted,
nailed into the pupil,
in the wake of my
iris, ripped out,
trampled, discarded. …
I am the number one fan of writing and reading prose written in first-person present-tense. But this form gets a lot of hate, some of which is justified. From my creative writing classes at university to online writing guides, writing in first person present tense is made out to be a scary feat. But it all comes down to what you’re used to reading and writing.
The most common register for fiction is third-person past-tense.
One day, Zoe sat on the sofa, flipped open her laptop and opened a writing document. Chronically plagued with executive disfunction and an attention span with a hedonistic will off its own, she was determined to remain focused and channel her thoughts onto the screen. Her topic of choice on that rainy Wednesday afternoon was how dissatisfying she found writing in third-person past tense. In fact, her opinions on this subject were so convoluted, it bordered on ridiculous. With that self-deprecating realisation, she put down her laptop and followed her urges into the kitchen. …
Asperger’s today is synonymous with high functioning autism. For decades, brainy people with poor social skills were diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a “milder” form of autism. Over the past few years, Asperger's syndrome has been removed from most diagnostic manuals, including the DSM-5. Why?
Discourse surrounding the validity Asperger's as a diagnosis and identity tends to forget the etymology of the word. Aspergers as a subcategory of autism originated in 1981, long before the sinister details of Hans Asperger came to light. …
Apples and pears themselves are delicious. Labelling yourself as one of them based on your measurements is not so sweet, however. When it comes to buying fashion that flatters your body and makes you feel good, apples, pears, and egg timers don’t cut the mustard.
I’m done with using clothes to hide imperfections (that don’t exist) to align myself with a label that doesn’t fit.
I admire the stance that you should wear whatever you want regardless of your shape. This is true. However, since bodies are diverse, one item of clothing will look different on each shape and size. How flattering something is on your body can only be determined by how you feel in it. We all have styles, cuts, and silhouettes that make us look and feel amazing. …
Love it or hate it, the internet isn’t short of fanfiction. Imagine the most obscure pairing of fictional characters in the most outlandish setting or plot. Chances are, someone has already written it (Rule #34, anyone?). I have read some fanfiction in half the time it would take me to read a bestselling novel of the same length. It took more than my passion for the original text to find these second-hand spin-offs so moreish.
Most of it may be trash, but the same can be said for most published writing; it is the hidden gems that count.
Some professional writers are flattered by fanfiction that pays tribute to their work. Others think it is a waste of time and no way to achieve your literary potential. So, can you improve your writing skills by dabbling in fanfiction? …