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How to Become a Better Writer in One, Simple Step

Want to write better stories, essays, and blog posts? There’s one trick that you can do to easily become a better writer.<p>Photo by Neal Sanche. …

C.S. Lewis’s Ideal Daily Routine

I’ve had a longtime fascination with the daily routines of notable writers and their creative rituals. One of the most lyrical, opinionated, and altogether wonderful comes from <b>C.S. Lewis</b> — a man of great wisdom on writing and extraordinary capacity for nuance in existential matters. In his 1955 …

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are

In late 1999, <b>David Foster Wallace</b> (February 21, 1962–September 12, 2008) — poignant contemplator of death and redemption, tragic prophet of the meaning of life, champion of intelligent entertainment, admonisher against blind ambition, advocate of true leadership — called the office of the prolific …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …

Anthony Trollope’s Witty and Wise Advice on How to Be a Successful Writer

<i>“Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time,”</i> I paraphrased Debbie Millman in the last of my seven life-learnings from seven years of <i>Brain Pickings</i>. While the notion of “grit” as the greatest predictor of success may be a product of modern psychology, the ethos behind it is something creative …

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Creative Writers According to St. Augustine, Part 1

September 2, 2014 by Gregory Wolfe<p>Guest post by Gregory Wolfe<p><i>The following is adapted from a commencement address given at the Seattle Pacific</i> …

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Creative Writers According to St. Augustine, Part 2

September 3, 2014 by Gregory Wolfe<p>Guest post by Gregory Wolfe<p><i>The post, continued from yesterday, is adapted from a commencement address given at the</i> …

Pioneering Psycholinguist Vera John-Steiner on How Creativity Works

Literature is the original internet — an endless rabbit hole of discoveries, with each citation, footnote, and allusion essentially a “hyperlink” to another text, another idea. I was recently reminded of this by a passing mention in Ronald Kellogg’s 1994 book on the psychology of writing, which led …

Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

<i>“You want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you,”</i> Madeleine L’Engle counseled in her advice to aspiring writers. W.H. Auden once described his journal as <i>“a discipline for [his] laziness and lack of observation.”</i><p>Journaling, I believe, is a …

Story Structure: The Inciting Event

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>The inciting event is probably one of the easier things to write (because it's usually a lot of fun), and also one of …

The Key Differences Between Middle Grade vs Young Adult

OK, class. What sets a middle-grade novel apart from a young adult novel? If you said MG is for readers ages 8–12, and YA is for readers ages 13–18, …

A writer's routine: evolving what works

A friend has just quit his day job in order to devote full attention to writing. He has a number of interesting questions about writing, and …

A writer's routine: How to get into a creative headspace

Writing has stages: a first draft is dream-like, immersive, while subsequent drafts are part cerebral/part immersive and often involve gnashing …

Robin Williams: The Heart of Comedy

Entertainment<p>Search<p>SportsAll It Took Was Beating Germany to Unite Mexico and South Korea World Cup Fans<p>Oklahoma'Our Voices Were Heard.' Dozens of …

Robin Williams Quietly Supported Athletes With Disabilities, Competed Alongside Them

Fans have been remembering Robin Williams as a comedic genius, tireless advocate for the homeless, supporter of kids with cancer and dear friend of the military.<p>But what people likely don’t know is that the late actor was also an avid athlete, and one that inspired young people with disabilities to …

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Robin Williams: Marin defends release of graphic suicide details

Marin County officials are defending their decision to release graphic details about Robin Williams' suicide.<p>They have faced some criticism on social media for a press conference Tuesday in which officials laid out how Williams died and how he was found.<p>An official with the sheriff's office said …

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Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Secret Pact

Remembering Robin Williams and Other Fascinating News on the Web

1. Robin<p>Of course, everyone who ever met, worked with, or watched Robin Williams has something nice to say about him today. But in this case, they …