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Joseph M. Learned

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My upcoming novel is fast approaching its release date and the best way to stay updated would be to follow my Instagram. Additionally, I frequently post information to help you gain control of your mental health and your life.

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My Instagram not only features in-depth writing advice and updates on each and every one of…


Appealing to your creative side is essential to producing high-quality articles.

“[As a writer] you have to have the three D’s: drive, discipline and desire. If you’re missing any one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it’s going to be really hard to get anything done.”
~ Nora Roberts

Thank God for Medium. I know I’ve criticized this site in the past. But who hasn’t vented about their employer? Heck, I’ve worked jobs where there existed not one, not two, but three separate group-chats divided amongst 20 employees, all intended to speak ill…


So, we meet again.

Hello everybody!

Long time no see. I’ve been super busy. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed for a while and felt that I had to take a step (or two) back from certain hobbies just to give my head a rest.

We are currently in the midst of the busiest season of the year at my work and my life felt about as full as a freshly shaken can of soda pop. I needed a break, so I took one.

Anyway, all is good now. My fiance and I have made great strides towards our wedding, which…


And everything else I learned from a f*cking terrible job.

I’ve recently started picking up learning guitar. I have a simple steel-string acoustic which hurts the fingers but pleases the ears. The notes ring clear as my fingers grace across the strings.

I love playing the guitar, and I look forward to practicing it on a daily basis. My large hands afford me the finger strength necessary to play difficult chords, and I have enough alone time that the occasional discordant f*ck-up doesn’t disturb anyone around me.

Plenty of my friends play, as well. Whenever I have a question, I…


The greatest misconception among writers is that of casting a large enough net to secure a greater amount of funds.

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
Octavia E. Butler

Writing more, or succumbing to the idea of quantity over quality, is tempting. It’s an easy formula, really. One that I, myself, have fallen prey to over the years. …


A text, a cigarette, and a meeting on an empty balcony.

The night is cold, dark, and empty.

The moon is perched above a single barely visible cloud, accompanied by no more than a few glistening stars. The wind rustles through the trees outside my apartment window mimicking the sound of waves rummaging in the deep, dark sea.

The windows are open and the weather is welcome. The air is cool, crisp. It is almost comforting, if it weren’t for the heaviness in my heart, in my head, in my body.

The weight of a tired dullness pushes me down…

Joseph M. Learned

A hobbyist writer with a love for academia.

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