Hi, there! I know this may not be the first or last Medium article you read today, so I’ll jump right to it… I’m writing this piece to introduce myself and share a little about my writing journey. Thanks for taking the time to read it!

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Just prior to the…

Read more to improve your writing | Article by Diona L. Reeves
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I’ve read a lot of writing books in the past year and three nuggets of advice appear over and over in the books I’ve read:

  1. Show not tell.
  2. Write what you know.
  3. Read as much as you can.

You can find articles galore on number one, and I’ve already written…

Redefining success as a writer means celebrating all your achievements, regardless of how they are received | article by Diona L. Reeves
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For many years, the desire to better my position, to improve my family’s finances, to finally “make it,” spurred me from an independent contractor role to that of a company executive. I did work that sometimes inspired me, but mostly, was necessary to get from Point A to Point B…


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I am not one of those writers who can sit at her desk for hours on end.

Perhaps it’s because my former career necessitated such a schedule … Or maybe it’s because I can’t sit in one position for very long without experiencing some sort of back or shoulder pain.


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My story is probably like that of many writers... I’ve wanted to be a novelist since elementary school when I wrote a short story about our dog having superpowers. …

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There’s a lot of advice on Medium about how to get the monthly bonus or boost your per-article income. Often it incorporates the following principles:

  1. “Write what you know.”
  2. “Write a lot.”

Many authors who subscribe to this advice are successful in their efforts, often maximizing their revenue through large…


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I’ve been debating for a while now how to proceed with finalizing my novel. Scrivener showed up as one of the options in s recent online search, so I downloaded the free trial last week. Already, it has resulted in significant changes in how I approach my writing.

A quick…

This picture of my dog is how I feel most days as I try to find my place in the writing world: stuck and wondering how I even got here | Diona L. Reeves
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I don’t know about you, but this picture of my dog is how I feel most days as I try to find my place in the writing world: stuck and wondering how I even got here.

The news is reporting a mass exodus of workers leaving their jobs post-pandemic, dubbed…

Hockey has united my family the way nothing else has in the COVID-19 era | Diona L. Reeves
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Ah… Championship hockey. Just one year ago, I wasn’t that into it. My son was learning to skate, and my husband joined an adult league, but the sport just didn’t appeal to me. My daughter played volleyball, and that was more my speed. But COVID-19 delayed the NCAA Volleyball Championship…

Turn frustration with your writing efforts into an acceptance of the writer’s journey | Diona L. Reeves
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I wrote a rant last week titled “The Frustrated Writer” as I continued to pour my efforts into writing for Medium and other sites without much return.

Here’s a snippet:

I’m not interested in a popularity contest; I don’t want followers to satisfy my ego or some predetermined total. I…

Diona L. Reeves

Writes about personal development and the path to meaningful writing. Animal lover. Coffee addict. Hockey junkie. Novelist.

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