And this is coming from a Swiftie

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Friday the 9th of April, 2021 was a momentous day. You may have noticed something, be it the uncontrollable sobs of women forcing themselves through a breakup album or even the sound of wine bottles being simultaneously uncorked across the globe. Because on Friday the 9th of April, Taylor Swift…


How to go from first draft to masterpiece

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The biggest mistake that writers make is thinking that it’s just about writing. It’s painful to see people post on writer’s groups about how they’re writing or have just finished their first draft, and how could they find an agent to publish this? It makes me wince, and I must…


It’s time to craft your New Normal

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There is no way to adequately convey how difficult the pandemic was for many or the adverse effects it carried. This isn’t something to be diminished or overlooked, as it’s a part of our history and our perceptions moving forward. …


OPEN LETTERS

Are you doing this on purpose, sir?

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Dear Mr. Pringles Can,

Let me start this letter on a positive note. I’d like to begin by acknowledging all you’ve done for us. I mean… just look at them. You created more than a crisp; you created a piece of art. With that unique oval shape, tantalisingly tilted, to…


Or later, as long as you read them sometime!

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I love discovering lists about which books to read, as I’m always looking for something new to read. I’m not a reading-monogamist, I like to try new things and often, and I’ll never commit to just one genre. So these lists ensure that my bookshelf is always stuffed full and…


Things I wish I knew four manuscripts ago!

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People are often surprised to find out that I’ve written five manuscripts by the age of twenty-four. It’s something I’m definitely proud of, but I’ll be the first to admit that four out of the five are not very good. They were written by someone who lacked a lot of…


Chronic feelings of emptiness and Borderline Personality Disorder

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“I feel so empty.”

I can’t even tell you how often I’ve uttered that statement. But that number pales in comparison to how often I’ve thought it. That single thought plagues my mind on a weekly basis, sometimes on a daily basis. …


5 steps to healing after a breakup.

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You cannot understand the pain of a breakup until you experience one, just like you cannot understand grief until you lose someone close to you. You can read every book, watch every film, hear your friend’s experiences and do all your research, but you will never understand what it feels…


7 ways to get your content gears grinding

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Many writers make the mistake of writing for the sake of writing, without any investment in a topic. They write to get words on a page; they write to add cents to their earnings. I’ve been guilty of this too.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t build a consistent writing…


Their pain is my own, long after the pages have ended

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I am most commonly described as being over-sensitive. By my friends, partners, family and mere acquaintances. People love to tell me that I am too sensitive. And they’re right; I am an extremely sensitive person. I could go into the why of this. I could tell you about an unstable…

Fleurine Tideman

Just another millennial content writer who thinks they have something to say. Mail: info@byfleurine.com | Twitter: @ByFleurine| Blog: Symptomsofliving.com

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