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Shaquille O'Neal Just Opened His New Art Exhibit

Shaq's new portraiture show wants you to feel the love.<p><i>Image from Size Does Matter, 2010. Photography by Genevieve Hanson, via</i><p><i>This article originally appeared on Vice Sports.</i><p>EXPO Chicago—the city's "International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art"—is housed in the cavernous Festival Hall of …

Artworks

[Video] Colonies | Vik Muniz And Tal Danino Turn Living Cells Into Art

'Colonies,' the new bio art collaboration between artist Vik Muniz and MIT synthetic biologist Tal Danino, features striking images produced from microscopic photos of bacteria, cells infected with viruses, and cancer cells.<p><i>Lead image: Flowers (2014), the latest image in the Colonies series.</i> …

Cancer Cells

Top Websites, Conferences, & Tools for Writers

Facebook TwitterGoogle+LinkedIn<p>This week at The Debutante Ball we’re talking craft. Rather than focusing on one aspect, I thought I’d bring you some …

Writing

Interviews with Authors - David Baldacci - Gotham Writers Workshop

David Baldacci<p>David Baldacci is the author of many bestselling thrillers such as <i>The Target</i> and <i>The Innocent</i>.<p>What is your method for overcoming …

Thank you so much! This method is wonderful, and o...

Thank you so much! This method is wonderful, and of all the methods I've tried before, this one seems to work the best for me!<br>I do have a query that …

My Best Advice On Writing Isn’t From A Book

I have a shelf at home devoted to books about writing. I might even say I have two shelves devoted to those books now. I’ve read most of them, and …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

How To Think Like A Writer

Writing isn't easy. In fact, it can be painfully difficult. Why? Because it's thinking, but on paper. "To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard," said Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David McCullough.<p>Many great writers, including Joan Didion and Don DeLillo, have said …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

The Secret to Writing Well Isn’t What You’d Expect, Says Study

What if the secret to writing well is in how you <i>think</i> about the story, not just how you write it?<p>Martin Lotze, a researcher at the University of …

COMIC: Creative Thinking

Here’s another charming comic by cartoonist Grant Snider. It explores the process of doubt that all writers and artists are familiar with. The comic …

First Draft vs. Final Draft

What is the difference between the first draft and the final draft of a story or novel?<p>The first draft contains everything you wanted to say. The …

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

<i>“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open,”</i> Stephen King advised. <i>“Do back exercises,”</i> Margaret Atwood suggested. <i>“Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence,”</i> Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft …

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. …

Creative Writing

No More Excuses: Jane Austen's Writing Table

<b>What are you waiting for?</b><p>That might sound like a rhetorical question, but it is not.<p>What are you really waiting for before you get serious about your …

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 Six Archetypes Every Novel Needs

Archetypes are time-tested character types from which hundreds of your favorite characters are drawn. Harry Potter. Ishmael. General Woundwort. All …