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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…


That doesn’t require dieting or exercising

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We all know how a healthy diet and exercise can help you lose weight and sustain it. If you’ve just stepped on a weight loss journey, you know that to lose weight you have to adopt healthy habits and stick to them to see the long-term results.

But have you wondered what habits you can adopt to expedite your weight loss goals?

It starts with simple habits you can implement into your daily routine. These simple changes will help you get quick results while you’re working on building a sustainable weight loss plan. …


How adopting the mindset of writing with zero expectations will help you succeed

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I’m grateful for Medium for giving me a space to write, share my work, and connect with other writers. I can’t think of a better platform that allows me to do just that.

When Medium introduced the positive changes to the platform by making it relational and giving out bonuses to writers, it feels as though there is a glimmer of hope for many writers that desperately waited for changes to occur.

And recently, another positive change came underway. Medium has started to move away from Medium-owned publications to support individual writers. It also sweetened its deal by extending the…


I use these methods to regain control over my life

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On good days, my mind is calm, and I have control over my life. But then there are other days when I feel as though the world is going to collapse. It happens when the day didn’t start as I hoped or when my children are not on their best behavior. I get restless and my mind fills with excessive worries and anxieties. I feel the mounting pressure before the day unfolds.

So when I’m overly anxious I resort to natural methods to regain control and a sense of calm.

Here are four ways that help me keep my anxiety…


How choosing effective language can help you communicate

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As a writer, the message you communicate to your reader is important. But what’s even more important is how you communicate that message. Because writing your thoughts down is easy; writing effectively is much harder. Communicating the message properly is a refined skill and takes some practice.

How you communicate with your reader depends on a lot of factors: your audience, their educational background, and their attention span. To communicate effectively requires that you adopt the style of communication to match the needs of your audience.

To write effectively, you need to follow the rules of effective language. …


What I do to control my eczema flare-ups

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What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by inflammation, itchiness, and dryness. It’s a chronic condition that comes and goes throughout a lifetime. Many factors can affect its course.

Eczema is caused by an overactive immune system activated by a trigger. Triggers can be different for different people and it can be anything from foods, spices, caffeine, or stress.

So far there’s no known cure for eczema. But there are ways to control it with over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams. Things that can make eczema worse are eating a high-carb diet, caffeine, or spicy foods.

Eczema symptoms are agonizing and uncomfortable. But I…


How to transform a stale draft and make it shine

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To be an amazing writer requires not only the ability to put your thoughts on paper, but it’s also important to have a few tools in your back pocket and know how to use them in writing.

And the more language tools you employ, the better your writing will be. Why? Because just as a construction worker can build magnificent structures with the right tools, a writer can make their writing shine by employing literary devices.

Literary devices will transform a stale draft and make your writing shine.

Great writing will help you captivate the attention of your readers and…

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