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7 Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Eyes as a Writer

As a writer, you probably ask yourself all sorts of questions, but now ask this: 

Are you making mistakes that can hurt your eyes while using computers and other digital devices?

Admit it, you spend most of your daily working hours gazing at a desktop or laptop screen, writing and checking your emails at regular intervals. To relax after work, you play games on your computer, tablet, or phone, read books on your e-reader, or watch your favorite movie or television program for hours.

But you know what?

You can hurt your eyes and develop symptoms of digital eye strain when you make certain mistakes while staring at all those devices.

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Our Favorite Content of 2019

It’s the end of the decade. Can you believe it? 

The last 10 years have been so full of books, movies, television shows, podcasts, and other widely creative content that it’s a wonder we all haven’t gone comatose from sleep deprivation (though we most certainly are sleep-deprived).

While everyone seems to be doing their “top 10 of the decade” lists, we’ve stuck to just 2019 to save you a few dozen scrolls of the page. 

Without further ado, here’s Craft Your Content’s fourth annual roundup of our favorite content from the past year. 

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How To Read as a Writer

If you fall down the right wiki-hole in the tinfoil hat-wearing corners of the internet, you’ll learn that “it was aliens” is a rational origin for much of modern technology. Whether it came as gifts from our interstellar allies or was reverse-engineered from crashed saucers, no one at Area 51 is returning my calls to confirm.

But in a big way, reading another author’s work is the same as discovering a UFO from another galaxy and digging out its secrets.

Some philosophers say each person is a world, so it would follow that each message they send out is a vessel from that world. So how do we as writers who want to upgrade our own abilities brush away the dirt and damp forest leaves, find a seam for our crowbars, and pry open a panel of alien metal to reach the glowing sprockets and humming diodes inside?

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The 2 Most Effective Practices for Professional Writers

After writing full time for four years, I’d still modestly consider myself a rookie writer. But just by advertising my articles on LinkedIn and Twitter—where I have a half decent following—occasionally younger, more inexperienced writers get in touch with me and ask me this question:

“How do I become a successful writer and get clients?”

It’s quite funny, actually; I remember torturing writer and writing coach Elna Cain with similar questions in the past.

“Elna, how can I become a better writer?”

“Elna, how can I earn money writing full time?”

“Elna, where can I bag myself clients regularly?”

Her answer was pretty clear, and that was to keep practicing my writing—practice even when I’m not working on a project—write even when I have no clients—and when I’m not writing … read.

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