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In a time where there’s a global pandemic, a looming cicada uprising, and millions of new trending topics a day on socials, staying focused has been the hardest it’s ever been. Everyone here at Medium has been struggling with productivity, and consequently, we’ve really been into reading stories around battling distractions. We wanted to share some of our favorites with you, so here’s a roundup of a few standouts, courtesy of your friends at Medium.

You Are Making Progress Towards Your Goals — Even if it Doesn’t Feel Like it Allison Wonchoba

When tackling a long-term project, all the to-do lists, short-term goals, and supplementary tasks can seem overwhelming. Whether you are frozen at the starting line…


Expert advice from a roundtable of editors

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A few weeks ago, we invited some of our in-house staff to discuss the art of the personal essay on a panel. It was a discourse filled with conflicting opinions and encouraging advice, and that’s no surprise because of the innate nature of a personal essay. The story type is both challenging and rewarding and there’s a fragile balance that needs to take place to capture that. Tip in either direction, and the result can be an oversharing author, a long-winded post, and/or an unenthused audience. …


Expert advice from a roundtable of editors

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There once was a time where journalists were proclaiming that the personal essay was dead. In 2017, Jia Tolentino wrote in the New Yorker that, “The Internet made the personal essay worse, as it does for most things.” Now, in 2021, that couldn’t be further than the truth. The first-person narrative stands tall as an essential type of journalism, allowing for writers everywhere to make a living sharing their own experiences and telling their truths. Furthermore, the personal essay’s longevity will continue to stand the test of time because of one simple fact: Anyone can write one. …


Hub Talk

According to our friends here on Medium

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Let’s face it, writing is hard and has been difficult since the beginning of time. Fortunately, with evolution and technological advancement came a by-product of tools and habits that ease the burden of an author. A few weeks ago, we’ve asked you all “What’s Your Favorite Writing Tool?” and got an overwhelming amount of responses

Thanks to everyone who shared, if you have any other great ideas, please feel free to share them in the comments here:

iPhone Notes App

I swear by iPhone Notes. It’s such a tidy and useful little product, and its search function is great. …


Hub Talk

From having an idea-generating system in your Moleskine notebook to Grammarly serving as your contributing editor, we all have our go-to writing tools. In “With Grammarly, I Write Good,” Lance Ulanoff describes incorporating this tool in his writing process. What apps, websites, browser extensions, bells, whistles, etc., have contributed to your success as a writer? What do you use alongside the Medium editor? Let us know what’s been working for you in the responses.


Writing

The gloves are off, where do you stand?

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We asked two editors from Medium, Amy Shearn and Matthew Savener, to debate both sides of the Oxford comma conundrum. Here’s what happened:

The Oxford comma. There may be no single stylistic choice that causes such a wide rift between those of us who work with language. It divides us — writers, editors, and grammarians. Or is it writers, editors and grammarians?

If you’re not a huge word nerd, there’s a chance you’re not familiar with this stuffy-sounding piece of punctuation, so first let’s define it. …


Satire

Because deep down we all know that Coronavirus isn’t going anywhere

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  1. 29 Teams teams show up for training camp; the Hornets aren’t there. Nobody notices.
  2. Micheal Beasley arrives at the bubble because the Atlanta Hawks sign him for a minimum guarantee. He gets sent away three days later for trying to sneak Bernice Burgos and some backwoods into his hotel.
  3. Ernie Johnson announces that he will be leaving NBA Today to focus on his paid newsletter. Kenny Smith begins to give Ernie a heartwarming goodbye speech. Shaq abruptly interrupts by reminding Charles Barkley that he has no rings.
  4. Adrian Wojnarowski…

Shaq Cheris

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