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6 novel-writing tips from one of the publishing world's top editors

<i>Lots of people have, at one point or another, harbored dreams of writing the next great novel. But where to begin? Luckily,</i> <i>MashReads</i> <i>went to the best</i> …

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for <i>The Atlantic</i>, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all …

Be Highly Successful: 9 Body Language Secrets of Exceptional People

The nonverbal signals you send affect others... but they also affect your own performance, creativity, and level of stress.<p>Your body language is a fundamental part of who you are; chances are you don't even think about how you stand, sit, and move. You should, of course, because other people …

29 Free Writing Tools and Resources

While improved technology and empowered customers have heralded the rise of content marketing, the importance of communicating well with others is as …

Politeness

Politeness<p>For most of human history, the idea of being ‘polite’ has been central to our sense of what is required to count as a good and civilised …

Self-Censorship

Cinematic universes aren't working anymore

Let's stop making them, hm?<p>Hollywood, we need to talk about this compulsive need of yours to turn every movie into a franchise, or even worse, a cinematic universe.<p>Yesterday, Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer said that based on what they perceived to be an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the …

36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you …

Creative Writing

10 Ways to Keep Writing Memoir

It happens to all of us.<p>You got started after you read an awesome #InspiringMoment on social media,<p>or<p>You went home from a writing class with a fantastic idea,<p>or<p>You were so filled with memories after Thanksgiving dinner and you were desperate to get home to your notebook and write the graphic …

The Beauty of Writing -- What I Wish All Writers Knew

The first words are often the hardest, even when they come easily. The first words are ones that open up a new world, introduce us to new characters, ones that we might not necessarily be acquainted with, at least not in action even if you have filled the pages of a notebook with character traits …

How Ancient Religion Got You High

Religion and drugs wouldn’t seem to mix well, but history tells us otherwise.<p>Earlier this year a small group of self-designated nuns in California …

The Best Way to Cook Different Cuts of Beef, in One Chart

With so many different cuts of beef—from the 7-bone chuck roast to the tri-tip roast—figuring out the best way to cook a piece of beef can be …

Write Now: Writing A Bestseller

10 tips to learn from a creative writing lecturer

<i>This post first appeared on the On the Write Track blog.</i>Some people enjoy writing for the sake of it, while others want to develop and improve. If …

There's life out there: the artist shooting bonsai trees into space

Azuma Makoto has created a completely unprecedented set of landscape images that show organic life on the edge of space.<p>Working with JP Aerospace, the Tokyo artist has sent a bonsai tree, orchids, lilies and other plants into the stratosphere, suspended in a balloon.<p>The resulting images beautifully …

The irresistible rise of the short story

Why the short story is the perfect literary form for the 21st century<p>There’s no doubt about it, the short story is having “a moment”. It started this time last year, when <b>Lydia Davis</b>, not so much a short-story writer as a short-short-story writer (some of her tales are only a sentence long) won the …

Books

Content Marketing 101: All You Need To Know To Grow Your Business

It was a paperback book that someone I trusted and respected had recommended.<p>Its title was good but not <i>great</i>.<p>The headline wasn’t so compelling that …

Revising Your First Draft: The First Read-Through

<b>[Revised 02/10/2015]</b><p>What have I gotten myself into?<p>If you’re in the middle of your first draft, you’ve probably asked yourself that question several …

How to Write Through Duress

Is your daily writing routine anything like mine? Waking up with first light, meeting the dawn with 15 minutes of power yoga, settling down on your …

Essential Guide to Piedmont Wine (with Maps)

Why Learn About Piedmont Wine?<p>If you’re trying to get a deeper understanding of Italian wine, Piedmont is one of the most useful wine regions to get …

Wine & Spirits

8 Recipes Every Garlic Lover Should Know

In this week’s Mad Genius Tips video, F&W Test Kitchen genius Justin Chapple revealed the trick to making garlic paste at home. Now that you have …

7 Recipes to Make Before Bananas Go Extinct

Here are seven delicious banana recipes to enjoy before Bananageddon.<p>Bananas as we know them are in danger. The culprit is a fungus, commonly known …

Everything You Need to Know About Morels

There are mushrooms and then there are morels.<p>There are mushrooms and then there are morels. Chefs and foragers who can’t get enough of their sweet, …

9 Ways to Make a Manhattan

Find your own signature Manhattan style.<p><i>After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert</i> …

8 Bloody Marys That Really Do Count as a Serving of Vegetables

Here, eight (relatively) healthy Bloody Marys.<p>We just read the greatest news: According to a nutritionist interviewed by the <i>Daily Mail</i>, a Bloody Mary …