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Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

A Handy Guide for Using the Oxford Comma

On this episode, map nerd John Green shares a few things you might not know about maps.<p>Don't miss an episode—subscribe here!<p><i>(Images and footage</i> …

Rules for Writing Numbers

Writing Numbers<p>Except for a few basic rules, spelling out numbers vs. using figures (also called numerals) is largely a matter of writers' …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Grammar

9 Strategies For Battling Stress

Don't let tension take over your life<p>A little stress can be a good thing, but it’s important to keep it under control. These strategies will help you retain your Zen.<p>1. Bounce Back<p>Some people are naturally resilient, but it’s also a learned skill. Stress inoculation gradually exposes people to …

5 Secret Tips To Writing A Successful Short Story

<i>From Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. But the secret to successfully getting a short story published is to add something special to your storytelling mix…something that captures the attention of editors and readers alike. While there are no hard and fast rules for …

How to Create Characters Worth Reading

There’s no shortage of blog posts about what makes characters likable to readers. I’ve written about the issue myself. Theories abound with different …

Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps

How To Create A Plot Outline<br>In 8 Easy Steps*<p>By Glen C. Strathy<p>How would you like to create a plot outline for your novel in less than an hour that is …

Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English

<b>Amazing</b> <b>—</b> incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary<p><b>Anger</b> <b>—</b> enrage, infuriate, …

Self-help

5 Ways to Fix Run-On Sentences

<i>By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com</i><p>What are run-on sentences? Contrary to popular belief, they’re not just really, really long sentences. Run-on …

Creative Writing

delexical verbs like have, take, make and give

Delexical verbs:<i><br>have, take, make, give, go and do</i><p>We often use common verbs like <b>have</b> and <b>take</b> with nouns like <i>a shower</i>, <i>a drink</i>:<p><i>I took a shower</i>. = I …

The rise and fall of the interrobang

"YOU did <i>WHAT?!</i>" At times of high excitement, mirth or outrage, a mere question mark may not suffice. Using a question mark in conjunction with an …

Another Reason To Live In A Diverse Neighborhood: It Could Make Your Kids Smarter

Babies who hear different languages around town may be more open-minded about who they learn from.<p>Babies who hear a variety of different languages outside their home may be more willing to learn from people who don’t speak their native language, a new study in the journal <i>Cognition</i> finds.<p>The study …

22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

Creative Writing

Who Will Take Care of the Elderly?

As parents age, the burdens of caregiving will fall mostly on their daughters, who will have to deal with not only the physical and mental stress of providing support, but the financial strain as well.<p>If life were fair, Marsha Schumacher, 69, wouldn't have to worry about affording care in …

Amazingly Detailed Illustrations Transformed Into Laser Cut Wood Designs

London-based artist Martin Tomsky's woodwork collection is filled with many elaborate illustrations which he has transformed into wooden sculptures. To create each amazing piece, he layers together laser cut plywood into tactile pieces filled with various textures and shades of brown.<p>The thick, …

Amazing