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Alternatives to Showing Off

People can be perverse, sometimes. For instance, in these days of rising fuel prices it makes sense to buy a smaller car and try and keep your running costs down. Plenty of people are doing that; I ..
(September 27, 2008)
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Alternatives to Remembering Details

In Britain we have a very distinguished comedy writing partnership called Galton and Simpson. These two were responsible for some of the funniest situation comedies on radio and television from the ..
(August 31, 2008)
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Alternatives to Conflict

There aren't any. Okay, whoah, I know that's not what you wanted to hear. If you're reading this article, then you're looking for someone to tell you that all you have to do is (i), (ii) and (iii) ..
(August 24, 2008)
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Alternatives to Communication

There are many ways to communicate, but there are even more ways to fail to communicate. The most important of these I call, ‘The Curse of FaceBook’. It's a mysterious thing, and, on the ..
(August 13, 2008)
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Alternatives to Being Natural

A recent poll showed that a majority of Americans disapproved of homosexuals. When asked ‘Why?’ the chief reason given was that they thought that being Gay was somehow ..
(August 10, 2008)
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Alternatives to Positive Thinking

We all know the situation, it happens on the TV News every night. The person who's just been flooded out; or seen their house disappear off the end of a cliff or been burnt to the ground; or had a ..
(February 29, 2008)
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Alternatives to Pretending

A met an old pal of mine just the other day. He was looking down, which was a surprise. When I knew him well and we were both in our ‘20s, he was one of the most irrepressible optimists I've ..
(March 02, 2008)
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Alternatives to Making Do

Most people remember The Beatles. In the 1960s they were the most famous pop group in the world, and were responsible for writing some of the most memorable songs of that era. People are still ..
(March 07, 2008)
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Alternatives To Reality, Every Day

The reality of becoming famous is not something most people would enjoy. When I was younger, I shared a flat in the city of Bristol and above us, on the next floor, were the pop band known as ..
(May 11, 2008)
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Alternatives to Sophistication

Lots of people like to think they're sophisticated, or, to put it another way, that they're witty, urbane, experienced and knowing. Some of us would like to think of ourselves as people who've grown ..
(August 04, 2008)
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Alternatives to Being Roman

We look down on the Romans. Oh sure, they set up the largest Empire that Europe has ever known, and their city state lasted for over 800 years, which is about four times the length of time that the ..
(June 16, 2008)
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Internet Authors Don't Use Quills

In the 1980s I was a member of an active writing circle. We were discussing that old chestnut, ‘how to write', and one member proudly said that he couldn't be bothered with these new-fangled ..
(March 29, 2008)
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Internet Authors Don't Need Advice

Most writers in England waste a lot of their time posting off extracts of their exciting new manuscripts to publishers. Most of the time these would-be authors see their work come winging back, ..
(October 03, 2007)
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Internet Authors Don't Need Timing

Of all the useless advice given to would-be authors, perhaps the most unhelpful is the idea that to be a successful author you need ‘timing’. That is, your great idea for a novel has to ..
(October 19, 2007)
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Internet Authors Don't Need Club Class

If you go into any supermarket in England and inspect the fruit, you may be pleased to see that some of the apples are bagged up and labelled ‘Class 1’. However, looking around, you may ..
(November 09, 2007)
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Alternatives to SUMO

If you've been lucky enough to see the new book by Paul McGee, you will know that he has something great to offer in the field of self-improvement. SUMO stands for ‘Shut Up, Move On’ and ..
(July 24, 2007)
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Alternatives to Speed

Picture the scene. I'm driving sedately in my family car across the desolate moors of Derbyshire, in particular the High Peak area of North West England, the far side of Macclesfield. It's a long, ..
(July 18, 2007)
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Alternatives to Standing Still

A lot of people who look for guidance on self-help and self improvement are secretly fed up with themselves and their lives. Mainly, they feel they aren't ‘making progress’ and they've ..
(July 11, 2007)
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Internet Authors aren't losers

Ask the majority of so-called ‘gurus’ to talk about business or self-improvement, and here's a funny thing. They start talking about sport. That's odd. Sport isn't the same as life. It's ..
(June 27, 2007)
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Alternatives To The Downward Spiral

A very great dramatist, perhaps Ibsen, said that ‘all happy families are the same, but each unhappy family has its own tragedy’. Several people have disagreed, notably those – like me ..
(July 01, 2007)
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Alternatives to Education Meltdown

Why is it that education is never geared towards the majority? Does that sound harsh? Well, that's certainly the impression you would get if you listened to the latest debate about education in ..
(May 30, 2007)
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Alternatives to Excuses

There's a difference between a reason and an excuse. It's simple. A reason is what you can speak about today that explains what happened to you yesterday. However, if the same thing happens again to ..
(June 16, 2007)
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The 7 Levels of Publishing, Part Three

The First Level of Publishing is to receive a single copy of a book. The Second Level of Publishing is when you receive five copies. The Third Level of Publishing is when you want 50 copies. The ..
(June 12, 2007)
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Internet Authors Aren't Carnivores

When vegetarians want to be insulting, they call anyone who disagrees with them a ‘carnivore’. That's inaccurate. No human being is a carnivore. People are omnivores. Generally speaking, ..
(June 14, 2007)
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Internet Authors are the New Slush Pile

Traditional Publishers are strange people. They have a habit of wanting everything - even if it's completely contradictory. For instance, I've just read an article where an established publisher was ..
(June 02, 2007)
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