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Surviving the Road Less Traveled

By Monica Nelson Early in my life journey I discovered the book The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck. This book propelled me toward the life I have now, a mission on growth, spirituality and love. In those 30 plus years, I’ve learned a few things I want to share here. If you find yourself on the same path, and most of us do, I hope that you will gain an insight from my list. First and foremost, be kind to yourself; love starts with the source. If you can not love yourself, how do you expect to love anyone or anything else. Know that the journeys that grow … Continue reading

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Psst – Want to Build Your Empathic Skills? Read Fiction

By Monica Nelson Creating empathy is a noble pursuit. It not only adds to your own character, it strengthens and makes for a more cohesive society. Business, too, has demonstrated the importance of adding empathy to its collective management skill set. The belief is widespread — empathy beats at the core of all that is good. There is no shortage of advice helping individuals create more empathy. If you google “How to build empathic skills,” you will get over 10 million results. And if you read that advice, you will find all kinds of helpful hints, exercises, and guidance for adding this important trait to your personality. The problem with … Continue reading

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Do Readers Translate the Same Words to Different Meanings?

By Monica Nelson In the book On Writing Fiction, Rethinking Conventional Wisdom About the Craft, Author David Jauss discusses the correlation between the underlying structure of a work and a piece of music’s rhythm. Basically, the author is a composer using words, sentence and paragraph structure, and flow to create a masterpiece in the same way as your favorite musical composition. Whether it is classical or rock or some other form of inspiration, the music resonates with the listener. In this same way, a story’s purpose is to resonate with the reader’s own internal linguistics. Done correctly, or should I say masterfully, it will impact a large reader audience. This … Continue reading

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