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Freelance health & wellness writer/musician/ mom of two boys. Editor of Illumination’s Mirror

And here’s how you can do it too

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I’ve been writing on the platform for a year now. When I first started, I only had about a 30% curation rate with my articles. Recently though, my curation rate has jumped up to 90%.

As I started analyzing my articles, I’ve noticed a trend among all my curated articles. Here’s what I learned.

Factors that play into curation

Headlines and Formatting

Articles with the words “you, your, or How-to” articles have a higher chance of curation. And so are the listicles with numbers in the title. Your headlines also have to be catchy, but not clickbait.

How well you structure and format your stories matters a lot…


My story as a musician, wife, mother, and writer

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I’m a classically trained musician, wife, and mother of two rambunctious boys. Recently, I became a writer on Medium.

I like to live a peaceful and spiritual life and to enjoy every moment. I always remind myself that life is short so I’d better make the most of it.

In the past, I lived a humble yet satisfying life as a musician. Music has always been a driving force in my life. I’ve played music, taught music, and committed my whole life to music. My favorite music quote is: “Without music life will B flat.” by Dulcinea Martinez ♪♪♪

I’m…


Here’s what happens when you write

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If you are a writer, you’ve heard the saying: The more you practice your craft, the better you get. Doing an activity over and over helps your brain grow — hence, you get better in your skills. Just as professional athletes have trained their muscles to perform at a high level, a writer can train their brain to do the same. How? By practicing their craft often. Writing isn’t just a creative activity. It also offers amazing benefits for your brain.

Let’s look at what happens to your brain when you write.

Your brain is active when you write

Writing is a stimulating yet strenuous activity for…


And how to fix them

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As a writer, you want to make sure your final draft is free of grammar and spelling errors before you present it to the world. After all, your goal is to make your writing shine. And one way to ensure you get the editing part right is to avoid some of the common errors that can slip into your writing.

Learning how to edit your work will teach you how to spot those errors. You’ll also be able to identify them in other people’s works when you go over their drafts.

Here are 4 common errors to watch out for…


These side hustles can be a great source of income

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The beauty of working online is that you can set your own hours and be flexible with your time. As someone who loves freedom and flexibility, I love my own writing side hustle.

Recently, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about different ways you can make money on Amazon. Did you know that Amazon isn’t just for buying and selling products? On Amazon, you can find amazing money-making opportunities too.

Let’s get into 4 ways you can make money on Amazon.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Through Amazon Mechanical Turk, you can make money on the couch from the comfort of your home.

You’ll typically…


What you eat and how much eat can affect your metabolism

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Whether you’re trying to lose weight or sustain a healthy weight, it’s important to know that metabolism plays a crucial role in your weight management. Not only that, your metabolism is essential for converting food into energy and helps you burn calories.

For example, if you have a fast metabolism, your body can burn calories while you sleep. With a slower metabolism, you burn less energy.

What food you consume and how much of it you eat plays a crucial part in regulating metabolic rate.

Here are the 4 habits you can adopt to ensure you have a healthy metabolism.

Eat enough protein


You don’t always need curation to succeed.

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Writing on Medium is so exciting and unpredictable. And that’s one of the reasons why I love writing here so much.

Recently, I came to a mind-blowing discovery — you don’t always need a curation for your article to hit the top of the charts.

Medium’s algorithm can still promote your stories if they are popular with readers.

One of my articles, which I wrote months ago, has been so popular that the Medium algorithm is still pushing it up. This article gets every attention it can get every single month. I published it in Synergy back in June.

Would…


Try this little technique.

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Today you sit down at your computer and try to write. The blank stare of the computer screen is haunting you.

Your brain is dead and doesn’t seem to work. You feel stuck.

What do you do? It’s simple — hop on Quora. There you’ll find tons of inspiration for your next article idea. Use Quora questions to inspire your topic ideas. There are millions of questions on Quora, and answers to any of those questions can turn into a unique post. They can work for both long-form and short-form posts too.

You can also turn an answer to a…

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