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A child pornography scandal gave him 15 and a half years in prison

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When I was a kid, I remember Jared from Subway, who, in commercials, claimed he lost over 200 pounds just by eating Subway sandwiches and constantly presented before and after photos of his progress. He even showed his jeans of when he weighed more than 400 pounds as a comparison to his then much slimmer weight.

While my brother and I knew that you do much more than eat Subway sandwiches to lose 200 pounds, the effects still stuck with us — Subway became our go-to “healthy” fast-food restaurant. …

Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was both acclaimed and mocked

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Dale Carnegie — From Hunter at Flickr

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis, once insulted the most famous self-help book in America, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Lewis said the book taught people to “smile and bob and pretend to be interested in other people’s hobbies precisely so that you may screw things out of them.”

I’m inclined to agree with Lewis. I don’t like self-help. I find it boring to write. I find it boring to read. I find it extremely cliche and not understanding of nuance, and many of the people who influence and give self-help in my life are people I personally know to be hypocrites who don’t follow their own self-help advice. …

Your reader is not a child

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Source:DariuszSankowski/Pixabay/CC BY-SA 4.0

The writing advice across the Internet is clear: don’t write long paragraphs. Your mobile readers can’t handle it. When they see a too large a chunk of text, they look away, so you should know your readers have a very short attention span and can’t handle large paragraphs.

As an editor, I see one-sentence paragraphs. I see a lot of one-sentence paragraphs, and eventually, it gets very, very tiring. …

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