Vasco de Sousa

How the masters dealt with disapproval

At first, i was going to call this “dealing with criticism.” Artists, writers, students, historians and jobseekers often get unsolicited feedback from friends, former colleagues and relatives, and it can seem like a lot to deal with.  When you write or create art for mass consumption, criticism can come from complete strangers. But, criticism isn’t […]

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How to approach a publisher

I’m not an advisor, or a coach of any kind. I’m just a writer, looking for work, running my own business. I’m only giving this advice to counter all the bad advice that I see online, including the bad advice that relatives and in-laws forward to me.

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Open by setting the scene

A lot of writing advice will pretend to teach you how to grab an audience’s attention. Well, there’s more to writing than getting attention.  There’s the reader to consider. This is an editorial essay, so we start with an introduction.  In the first paragraph, I let you know the purpose, to determine whether or not […]

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The Iron Lady – thoughts

“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” — adapted from the memoirs of Hiram Withington, in The Iron Lady screenplay by Abi Morgan.

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Why your website’s survey sucks.

So, as we’ve said last time, time is money.  Your readers might know this, and therefore be unwilling to give a survey after they found what they need, right? Well, more and more, I’m being asked to answer surveys on almost every website I visit (especially media and government websites.) These are usually put at […]

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It takes more than 100 days

2 years ago, I witnessed the re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo.  Thousands of talented volunteers from around the world walked through the footsteps of Napoleon, Wellington, and Blücher, and their allies and armies. Although we didn’t have the best seats on the field, it was wonderful that so many dedicated re-enactors, or living historians, brought history to […]

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