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Allison Cecile

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Color, clarity, cut, and carat. These four Cs are used to define a diamond’s beauty and structure. They describe the quality of a diamond and are directly correlated to how much a diamond is worth.

Important things to keep in mind when you’re buying a diamond but thankfully, us writers don’t get graded by institutions. Our value is determined by a lot more than four Cs, but it’s a great analogy.

As a writer, the four Cs you should keep in mind are:

  1. Confidence
  2. Content
  3. Consistency
  4. Character

Let these four Cs be your guiding “north star” through your journey as…

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I don’t actually want to hold any eyeballs in my hands — that seems icky. But I’ve been writing long enough to know it gets competitive for figurative eyeballs.

Let me introduce you to David Majister. A veteran copywriter and content creator, he’s the mastermind behind the 30-day writing challenge. He’s generous in sharing his writing advice and I’m proud to consider him a mentor!

He offers some very important writing lessons to hold readers’ attention until the very last sentence:

I’ve spent the last 3 months experimenting with his advice across the 150+ articles that I’ve published. …

September 11, 2001

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I remember the horror on my mother’s face. Her eyes glued to the news anchor’s updates. Her mouth gaping wordlessly open. Her mind stalled by the shock of it all.

I was confused. TV time is for after school, not before school. Why was the TV on? Did this mean I could watch cartoons early today? No, it’s not time for Clifford, my mother told me absentmindedly.

She ushered me and my brother to finish our breakfasts. We were running late but we didn’t care. We took our time meandering casually through the schoolyard as elementary children do. …

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Disney movies and romantic chick-flicks have set a really high bar for love.

Even the most practical of us secretly hope to be swept off our feet. We yearn for that instant connection — the spark of fireworks, the surge of passion, the fanfare announcing we’ve found “the one”.

But, all too often, we settle. Priding ourselves on being practical, realistic, and down to earth, we pack up the fairytales and find ourselves falling into relationships that are “easy”.

“Easy” in the sense that they’re conveniently there when you’re feeling lonely and conveniently okay with being sidelined when you’re not…

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Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me

We learned a long time ago words actually do hurt. Just because the injuries and scars aren’t visible doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

I know, I know — my friends tell me these people aren’t worth my time. It’s not worth the effort to respond to. But it kinda sucks letting them get the final word in, no? When did “being the bigger person” translate to staying silent and leaving insults unreturned and unrefuted?

Meet the Troll Behind Door #1

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When do you finally put your feet up on the desk and lean back knowing that you’ve made it?

Whatever this mythical “it” is — confidence, inner peace, wisdom — I haven’t found it yet. I also don’t have real desk so I’ll have to settle for putting my feet up on whatever semi-flat surface I’ve chosen to perch on.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five …

This wraps up my fifth month with the 30-day writing challenge.

Month 1 was trial by fire — can I even write? Yes, no, maybe so.

Month 2 was confirmation that Month 1 wasn’t just a fluke. …


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If only we could go back in time. If only we could see into the future. If only we had a time machine.

But alas, we can’t and we don’t. Instead, we’ll settle for cliches like “hindsight is 20/20” and comfort ourselves with the “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve”s.

Once in a while, we’ll get creative and embark on fun listicle writing prompts like this one. Thanks Danielle Loewen for the tag and Paul Combs for starting this prompt!

Here are 10 things I’d like to go back and tell myself in January 2020!

#1 —Do stock up on toilet paper

Trust me, it’s not fun driving from store…

By Bloomsbury/J.K.Rowling —, Fair use,

After stumbling upon Keara Lou’s rereading of Harry Potter in her thirties, my curiosity was tickled. After all, it’s Harry Potter!

Hopefully, you read “Harry Potter” in a posh British accent — like those in the movies. If you didn’t this particular instant, feel free to transition to an appropriate accent.

I’ve known for a long time that some books are magical. They can transport you to a faraway place, guided by the narration of a skilled author. …


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Some people love road trips. To these wonderful folks, I salute you.

Rationally, I get it. More economical than a plane and more flexible than a train, traveling by car grants you the freedom to go at your own pace. It provides you with the option to go on a whim — whether it’s a last-minute trip or you finally satisfying your curiosity about where that one side road goes.

Rather than merely providing you with transportation from Point A to Point B, the entire experience becomes a journey. …

Allison Cecile

Engineer by day and writer by night — here’s to putting myself out there || 8X Top Writer

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