The one thing you can do when you feel you can’t do anything.

No matter what you’re trying to achieve, you’re only human. You’ll have good days, and bad. You’ll have high energy days, and low. …

How to switch from waiting for gifted inspiration to creating your own.

Hesiod and the Muse (1891) by Gustave Moreau

In Greek mythology, the nine Muses were goddesses of creative inspiration. Artists, musicians, and poets of ancient Greece and Rome would invoke the Muses for assistance and guidance in the creation process of their art. They believed that…

And how love has already taught you all you need to know about it.

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When my mom passed away from cancer, I was 22 years old. I was at the end of my time at university, trying to make sure I left with the degree I’d gone there for. I was working a few hours a week teaching English to South Korean teens who…

The importance of team coffee breaks and chit-chat for creativity and inspiration at work and beyond.

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“What’s mascara in Portuguese?”


“What — like, as in Rimmel the cosmetics brand?”

“I don’t know.”

Thus began our Google search for which came first — the Portuguese word rímel or the cosmetics brand Rimmel. And what did we discover? That Eugène Rimmel, founder of the cosmetics House of…

The one skill required for all art forms and how photography can make you a better writer.

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In my first year of high school, I switched a lackluster Latin for Art. I am no artist: I stand in the doorway of art looking in, admiring those that occupy the room, seemingly gifted with talent.

I wondered whether it was in fact endowed talent or if art was…

Searching for ways to feel at home in the world.

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The Era of Constant News

There’s a saying that no news is good news.

With social media, we don’t really have occasion to use this saying anymore to assuage our worries in the absence of contact. When they’re away from us, family and friends usually share photos and posts, keeping us all up to date.

A chance to reassess how we live and to create our ‘new normal’.

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This pandemic has, for all its destruction and chaos, offered us an unprecedented opportunity to reassess.

We have been forced to live life differently: to be at home, confined with or separated from our loved ones, doing less, and spending less. …

Global pandemics, a new reality, and option B.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned a lot of new vocabulary since the Covid-19 pandemic took ahold of the globe earlier this year.

Words like comorbidity and zoonosis hadn’t made it into my daily vocabulary. We’ve even added new words to the English language, like covidiot (a personal…

The breadcrumb-by-breadcrumb strategy of reading.

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Books are special things. Pages of paper bound together and enclosed in thin cardboard, they are vulnerable — easily ruined by everyday stuff: coffee, rain, time.

In spite of their fragile physical form, readers will know that beneath their covers there lies great power: to transport, to educate, to heal…

Beyond craft and into the meat of writing.

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We spend a lot of time working on the nuts and bolts of writing, the crafting of sentences, paragraphs, and pieces that we hope will be read and enjoyed. Writing craft is very important, but it is only half of the greater whole that makes your writing interesting and enjoyable.

Verity Marques

Consultant & coach at work, writer at heart. I help people create their content & tell the world about it.

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