Write2020

In part one, we looked at the hashtag #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter, and discussed one of the problems people seem to have in seeing writing as a legitimate profession.

Another reason, that can be linked to exposure, is ignorance.  Many people assume, rightly or wrongly, that there is nothing to writing - you just sit down with pen, paper and a pot of tea and set to it.

As any writer will immediately tell you, this isn't true.  Whether they are being sarcastic or not will vary depending on a number of factors, which includes how much coffe they have had, but they will all tell you just how wrong you are in your assumptions about the easiness inherent in their chosen profession.

Some people will protest the use of the word 'ignorance', and they're right - it is a harsh and judgemental word to use, but I think its use is warranted.

Take the story I am working on just now, for example. In the past two weeks I have created a list of twenty three books to read which will (I'm hoping) allow me to build the workld of the story in a very general sense.  Only when those books are completed will I think about more specific details, at which point I will do more research.

This is where the ignorance comes in, I think.  To me, reading a book on cults is research - to an outsider who either isn't aware of my story ideas or is and simply thinks I should be writing, reading a book is simply that - reading.  It has nothing to do with work.

This tallies with many of the tweets recorded in the hastag which had words to the effect of 'I wish I had the time to read so much'.  People don't realise that in this particular case, reading is very much work.  Not only that, it is important work if I and other authors want our world building to be the best it can be. 

But to the majority of the public, reading is a leisure activity, not a work one.  And until that changes, writers will continue to be viewed as lazy.

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Bullying seems to be another buzzword these days, but when we think of bullying, often we think of bullying in high school or middle school. Certainly not about bullying in the workplace.

Recent studies show that 72 percent of the time bosses react in a way that is unhelpful to the victim of bullying and only 12 percent leads to the actual elimination of bullying from the workplace.

We all seem to have heard the phrase about sticks and stones, but studies are increasingly showing that bullying has a longlasting effect on victims.

Victims have increased risk of sucidality, depression, and mistrust of their peers. 

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With college tuition currently on the rise, many students are now questioning whether obtaining a college education is even worth it any more.

With the recession in the recent past, young adults are concerned with landing a job after graduation. Severl students now say that it isn't worth it to spend thousands and thousands of dollars just to graduate and ge a twelve dollar per hour job that they could have got without a degree.

With debts rising and not much of an increase in salary, a college education doesn't make much finanical sense.

However, people still claim that obtaining a college degree provides its alumni with better opportunities and better job offers. They might not be landing their dream job out of college, but they claim college is still important. 

Other people claim that to get a job in today's market people need to get a master's degree as everybody seems to be getting a bachelor's degree these days. 

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Certain neurologists have now taken scans of the brain showing that obesity like drug addiction can shrink the brain.

In past years, brain scans have shown that drug addictions shrink the brain. Scientists are now showing that obesity behaves in similar ways.

Obesity seems to be a buzzword as people grow increasingly concerned over the rates of obese individuals in the world. According to the CDC, over one third of United States adults are obese.

Obesity leads to severe health problems, but now scientists claim it leads to a shrunken brain. What do you think? 

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A room full of college students in Utah, United States sat in silence when asked if they knew the signs of human trafficking. 

Some of them had read a little bit online, but the overwhelming response was that most didn't know the signs.

But human trafficking doesn't happen in the United States, right? So why do we need to know the signs?

Actually, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), there have been nearly 40,000 reported victims of human trafficking in the United States since 2007.

This year alone there have already been 1,345 reported cases of human trafficking and there is an estimate of more than 27 million slaves worldwide, according to the NHTRC. This means that there are more slaves today than any other time in history.

The United States is known as being one of the countries with the most people being trafficked. Sex and corruption follow money; this makes the United States a big culprit.

However, the United States isn’t the only country with problems. Countries in Europe, Africa and Asia are high culprits as well.

Experts say one of the first ways people can help with this issue is by knowing and recognizing the signs of human trafficking.

Common signs include people who are not free to leave and go as they wish, work excessively long hours, owes a large debt and can’t pay it off or live in houses that have unusually high security.

Experts say that it’s better to call in a false alarm than to not call at all.

More information on recognizing the signs of human trafficking can be found at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

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Three years ago, James Holmes walked into the Aurora Colorado shooting and killed 12 people and injured 70 more. Now, he's finally going to receive his punishment.

The jury is meeting to make their final deliberations on whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

The District Attorney is pushing for the death penalty, claiming that it is the only thing that is just after Holmes' actions. However, unless the jurors reach a unanimous decision, he will be sentenced for life.

According to Fox News, it was an emotional day for families of the deceases victims. Unintentionally, all of them walked out before the defense finished its case. The emotions of all those involved are boiling high as this case finally comes to a close.  

 

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