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Author Archives: Matthew Arnold Stern

Writing with a Kindle

I recently got a Kindle. My first Kindle. I have read eBooks on other devices, but the Kindle is a different experience. The eInk reads like paper, and the Kindle Paperwhite’s 300 dpi resolution matches the quality on the first laser printers I used. There are no distractions from social media, email, and text messages …

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The Remainders is here, and you can read it for free!

A father with a tragic past must connect with his estranged and homeless son before it’s too late in The Remainders. A limited number of copies are available for free! Visit Inkitt and download your free copy. Then post a review and share it with others. Only a limited number of free copies are available, so …

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Why community service is now more important than ever

I can always tell when it’s time for youth baseball and softball season to start. The weather gets warmer. We get more hours of sunlight. And I get more people reading my Little League opening day speech. But would I still be involved in a position like a Little League president today, especially with all the disincentives of getting involved …

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Wars of attrition

Difficult challenges turn into wars of attrition. When we realize that victory won’t be quick and easy, we entrench ourselves and brace for a long struggle. This applies to our current political situation, and it also applies to personal challenges. Health issues, financial crises, family conflicts, office politics, addiction battles — they all become tests of endurance …

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Why you need bad writing to get to good writing

I was cleaning out some old files when I came across drafts of screenplays I wrote in the 1990s. They were awful. Eye-achingly awful. So awful that I shredded them and put them in the recycling bin. But when I wrote those scripts, I thought they were so wonderful that I registered one of them …

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