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Caitlin McColl
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Have you ever done National Novel Writing Month? (affectionately referred to as NaNoWriMo by those who know it and do it (note, I didn’t say love it).

Essentially, it’s a motivation tool — something to get you writing every day for 30 days in November, so that by the end…

Yes, you ARE worthy!

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I’ve come to realize there’s a pretty big and obvious demon that a lot of us writers are burdened by and that is weighing us down — and that is self-doubt. Or I should say Self Doubt.

This is totally understandable because, well, we’re writers. And…

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I realized something after reading an In Memoriam spotlight about a Vocal writer we lost recently when his mill/farmhouse in France burned down. It was spurred by this quote that Tom, the man who passed away, used in his profile description.

Those who tell the stories rule society

The above…

discovering the importance of words

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I’ve read a few articles on Medium (and Vocal) about using SEO (Search Engine Optimization for the tiny fraction of people who don’t know what that stands for), in helping their articles reach wider audiences, go viral, and potentially, make more money.

And when I’ve…

dark flash fiction

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Author’s Note: This short story doesn’t have a nice tidy ending but instead is open-ended. If that’s not your thing, feel free to read something else! ~ C


Jameson had walked, and sometimes even run, these trails and paths for years. He was pretty sure he…

In honour of World Mental Health Day

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Hey, you! Yes, you, reading this. You probably need help. No, no, wait…before you stop reading, this isn’t a slight at who you are, or your character.

It’s just…well, there’s a high probability that you need help. Since the start of the Covid-19…

can you hear colour or taste words?

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Have you ever said something to a friend or family member that they thought was really strange? Like maybe that a certain song sounded orange or that you could ‘see’ music? Or that the number 5 is green to you? If so, you…

how to cope with tragedy

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I recently learned of the tragic passing of one of the Vocal writing platform’s very own beloved creators Tom Bradbury. I’m sure many of you who are in the various Vocal Facebook groups are now aware of the tragedy befalling Tom’s 18th century grain mill…

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Have you ever felt that you aren’t going through grief in the right way? If so, know that there are lots of different kinds and what you are experiencing is totally normal. …

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Have you ever woken up with your heart pounding and filled with dread for no particular reason? Or maybe your palms get sweaty and you feel all weak and panicky when you have to give a presentation in school? That’s anxiety, and something most of you are probably familiar with…

Caitlin McColl

coffee snob, dog lover, bookworm, inkslinger, girl with a dragon tattoo, proud introvert. Check out About for more. Linktree:

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