An exploration of the role of ego and narcissism in writing

Writers suffer from an odd sense of shame. Many couch their efforts behind a subtle disclaimer by calling themselves “aspiring writers,” as if they’re not writers until they’re bestsellers, signed to a publishing deal, or featured in the New York Times — as if they were not writers since the…

The blank page is such a simple thing, but it has helped me heal in profound and surprising ways.

I’ve always been drawn to writing about the things that hurt me, but I had never before sat down and contemplated why exactly that is. What I’ve found is that writing allows you to express yourself in a place entirely in your control and completely free from repercussions. It also…

We all have those we love, but this world so often forces us to choose one side or the other.

Broken shards of a glass bottle lying in the street.

Every person who has ever grown up poor lived in blissful ignorance of their poverty until by some method of comparison the world made all too clear their station. I’ll never forget the day I learned that not everyone lived like me, my family and my friends.

My family didn’t…

Martin Vidal

I put the “me” in Medium. • Author of “The Ambition Handbook: A Guide for Ambitious Persons” • Website: • Instagram: @martinvidalofficial

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