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5 publications looking for personal stories

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You want to make money writing.

But what if you don’t have the creative brains to write an imaginary story? Or maybe you don’t have the skills to write salesy articles with clickbait headlines that are everywhere on the internet these days.

I have good news: you can write a personal story and get paid for it. Yes, there are publications looking for such pieces. Their rates are decent and they don’t discriminate based on the location or background of the writer so feel free to submit your personal story to them.

1. Vox First Person

Vox is a well-known magazine looking for “first-person…


After reading heaps of trash.

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Most self-help books are BS and I think you wouldn’t disagree.

They say the same thing over and over again, just in different words. And with the rise of self-proclaimed gurus, the number of self-help books out there has skyrocketed. With so much clutter out there, most of us are literally choking our brains with self-help advice with little to no results.

I know this because I’ve swallowed every self-help advice I got from others and laid my hands on every self-help book I possibly could. However, with all this reading, I’ve realized that you only really need a handful…


Start towards a year of meaning, fulfillment, creativity, and much more.

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I first stepped into the world of personal development when I was 18.

At the time, I was a high school kid, confused, lost, torn between fitting in, and being myself. On my five-year journey of self-discovery, change, and growth which was a roller coaster, I consumed a lot of self-help books. Most of these books said the same thing in different ways. Very few actually made a difference in my life.

What I’ve learned from reading a lot is that you don’t need to read fifty books each year like Bill Gates to truly make a difference in your…


4 places for nonfiction writers

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You see these people on the internet sharing stories that all look the same: How I made $1000 writing on Medium in my first month…How I made six figures during my first six months as a freelancer…How one article made me $2000 while I sipped tea…

But maybe Medium is making you peanuts and freelancing is not something you’re ready for yet.

If that’s the case, don’t get discouraged. You can still make a decent amount of money, if not a living, writing one-time articles for publications. Write, submit, and get paid instantly. No algorithms or invoices to worry about.


Because sometimes all you need is a slight shift in perspective, not tidy self-improvement strategies

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Most of us are drifting through life wearing dust-coated, cracked, or rose-colored glasses that skew our perception of things. Consequently, the world appears to us a monochrome when in reality it’s a vibrant photograph. But we can only know if we changed the glasses we were wearing, in other words, changed our perception of things.

But a lot of times we’re not even aware we’re wearing defective spectacles unless someone or something from the outside points it out. Sometimes, it’s a friend. Other times it’s a book.

Given that I spend more time with books than I do with people…


3 websites that pay you to review products.

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You may be surprised to hear this but you can actually get paid to write reviews.

The logic is simple.

Companies value reviews because reviews are what help them get more customers. How many times have you made a purchase decision when shopping online because of the reviews you saw on the website? I do it every single time.

Reviews are what make customers build or lose trust in a product. That’s why some companies are willing to go as far as to pay people to write reviews.

The good news is you don’t have to be an influencer or…


4 places that actually pay writers well.

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Who said freelance writing means working for pennies?

Sure, some clients won’t pay you what you deserve but you can choose not to work with them. Instead, you can write articles for publications that will pay you well.

Below is a list of magazines that pay anywhere from $0.50 to $1 per word. Chances are you aren’t familiar with them already so go ahead and give this article a read.

1. Eating Well

Eating Well is an award-winning magazine that provides “inspiration and information to people who need to make healthy eating a way of life”. They cover recipes, healthy cooking and food…


Yes, you can make money writing fiction too

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If you want to make money writing but blogging and copywriting are not your thing, then this article is for you. This whole ‘make money writing’ is not just reserved for a select few writers who write engaging headlines and salesy articles with thousands of views. You can do it too, with the creative piece that you scribbled in your notebook and tucked away, disheartened it had no monetary value.

I’m here to tell you it does. There are a number of online publications looking for writers like you to submit their work of fiction and poetry. …


Why you keep falling for the same type of person.

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I recently talked to a friend who was recovering from her fifth breakup. “Why do I keep getting all the assholes in my life?” she said, frustrated. Upon digging deeper, I discovered there was a pattern in her romantic relationships. She was getting attracted to the same type of men: men who were charming on the outside, who would shower her with compliments and gifts, who would make her fall head over heels in love, only to turn out to be cheap materials in attractive packaging. …


How to make self-improvement books work for you.

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When I first got into self-development, I was full of passion and motivation. I wanted success, confidence, health, happiness- everything. And I wanted it all fast.

So I laid my hands on every self-help book I could. I read one after the other, elated that I was checking so many books off my tbr. I was also listening to self-improvement podcasts and books.

This didn’t last long and very soon, I got weary of all this content. It felt like these books were repeating the same advice. Most of them were a bunch of blog posts slapped into a book.

Sadia M.

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