Keep in mind these tips to create your own fictional world from our reality

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Most writers base their story settings on the places they’ve been to, some fictionalising them to an extent. But what about those writers who haven’t traversed around the Hole of Horcum, taken a stroll through the island of Santorini, explored the deepest trench of the Grand Canyon of Arizona, or set foot in the city of Paris, New York or Venice?

Are you one of those writers who haven’t travelled much? Or do you just prefer a fictional world or feel it as more suitable to carry your story? The best suitable option then is to resort to your imagination…

By no means feel like you need to engage, but do let them in.. all of them

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Some might call intrusive thoughts ‘brain hiccups’, but you could say they are like advertisements that pop up on your screen, which could be either relevant or irrelevant.

They can even develop to a distant point where you can’t differentiate between what you are actually thinking and what the intrusive thoughts are anymore; a state when you can’t label those particular thoughts ‘intrusive’ anymore. These states are when the intrusive thoughts become obsessions, where we definitely have to turn to cognitive behavioural therapy, or else selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or other antidepressants.

I’ve been having thoughts, almost delusional, just before…

Why do these tests seem enticing?

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A black-and-white picture of a male laughing with their eyes and mouth shut
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Well, for one reason, they are promising you they can solve your identity crisis. They implement this psychological phenomenon called Forer Effect in these tests to spark a cause of intrigue in you. This effect is used to vaguely explain the things that cannot be explained scientifically, beliefs that are preternatural, which includes the notion that we can categorise human personality into different groups.

The Swedish psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, who hypothesised that personality traits can be categorised into different types, later hypothesised otherwise, concluding that the Self is altogether a complex system to be classified.

But we just have to…

How to not let your readers down and how to leave a positive impact on them

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When you are working on a book related to atypical people, one of the huge results you should be aiming for is whether your interpretations of the specific generality will somewhat correspond with the preferences of the people who pertain to that generality. The renowned psychologist and a Senior Scholar at Princeton University, Daniel Kahneman starts his acclaimed book Thinking, Fast and Slow by saying, and I quote, “Every author, I suppose, has in mind a setting in which readers of his or her work could benefit from having read it.”

Even though authors constantly broaden their perspectives about specific…

What do the pervasive microplastics mean to the health of millions of diverse creatures? And how do we rethink our relationship with plastics?

Model of baby Groot accepting a pair of shoes from a hand (of a Man)
Model of baby Groot accepting a pair of shoes from a hand (of a Man)
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“Microplastics are everywhere.” You might have heard this phrase before. Plastics are non-biodegradable, thus they take about between 450 to 1000 years to fully decompose. A study found that only 9% of the plastic wastes produced by humans untill 2015, which were about 6.3 billion metric tons, was recycled. 12% of them was incinerated, the rest (79%) discarded in landfills or elsewhere, making soil a large microplastics sink, and the ocean an unhealthy ecosystem for its inhabitants.

Since then, more than 114 marine species have been identified that have had plastics inside their systems; as marine creatures are a prominent…

Even the artificial attention-harvesting algorithms don’t know what they are provoking from or implanting inside people’s minds. So the only way out of this labyrinth is for us to know.

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Certain social media platforms are altering the way we express our emotions. A potent example is Facebook which introduced, a few years ago, six reaction features which make our complex emotions rather evident, negatively influencing our emotion process. Not only do they alter our emotion process but even our behaviour, gradually bereaving us of what makes us, ‘us’. Social media is constantly trying to make our time online enjoyable and addictive with intermittent reinforcements, as psychologists call them, like the ‘pull-to-refresh’ feature, delays, and ellipses when others text us, to take advantage of our attraction to uncertainty and to sustain…

Our planet is at the onset of a sixth mass extinction in its history, and we don’t yet know for sure what the future would look like: a beleaguered dismal world or an eco-friendly and conservational one. But we can contemplate the two contradictory possibilities and the consequent diverse changes.

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Since the threshold of the Industrial Age, when the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere was near 280 parts per million, the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased up to about 412 parts per million. An average of nearly 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean which is petrifying with more than 150 million metric tons of it already in the water. They are then, not only eaten by a number of ocean animals, but are also bioaccumulated in their stomach, giving them a false sense of satiety, impeding them from consuming any nutritious food…

John Verset

Skeptic, Introspective, and an Inquisitive person who loves writing.

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