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50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

This month, words and language Twitter account @HaggardHawks celebrated its second year online. Since December 2013, it has been providing a daily dose of rare and unusual words, surprising language facts, peculiar etymological stories, and all manner of other linguistic tidbits and trivia covering …

Language

47 Blog Post Ideas For Writers and Authors

Constant Ideation is Hard<p>If there’s one thing that bloggers and writers know, it’s that consistency is the key to success. But, coming up with new …

The Ultimate List of Blog Post Ideas

Looking for blog post ideas? You’ve come to the right place.<p>You’ve found the <i>Ultimate List of Blog Post Ideas, 2nd Edition</i>.<p><i>NOTE: Don’t miss the “Blog</i> …

The 7 habits of highly effective writers

<i>This post first appeared on Oct. 23, 2007.</i><b>Reading time:</b> less than 2 minutes<i>I’ve noticed that effective writers tend to share seven traits. So, with</i> …

Creative Writing

How 5 minutes a day can revitalize your writing

Clients are sometimes surprised when I suggest that they write for only five minutes a day.<p>"That sounds crazy, embarrassing," they tell me. "What …

How to start a story in 5 steps

For writers, there will always be the matter of the blank page – or worse, what it represents: a recalcitrant mind that is unwilling (or unable) to …

Creative Writing

How to win a creative writing competition - top tips

Joe Craig, author of the Jimmy Coates spy series and judge of the National Short Story Week young writer competition, has some tips for budding young writers on avoiding common creative writing pitfalls and how to stand out from the crowd<p>Standing out is hard. Sometimes you just want to blend in and …

5 Delusions That Block Writers from Professional Success

by Anne R. Allen<br>We writers tend to get a tad delusional about our own work. Most of us know the average writer doesn't make great money, but we …

Five Writing Tips to Connect With the Readers at a Deeper Level

You come up with a catchy headline and an awesome content. You post great stuff with lots of information. You share your articles over different …

Writing

Haruki Murakami and Philip Roth Among Favorites for the Nobel Prize in Literature

The Swedish Academy is set to announce the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday, October 8, at 1pm local time in Stockholm. This …

Hemingway Takes the Hemingway Test

This week, in the <i>Times</i>, Charles McGrath wrote about a newly digitized collection of ephemera from Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban estate, Finca Vigía, which confirms that the famously terse writer was, as McGrath says, “a hoarder.” Ticket stubs, telegrams, Christmas cards, diary entries—all of it amassed …

‘The Loneliest Place for a Writer’: Gary Lutz on Writing (and Rewriting) Great Sentences

Early this summer I attended a disappointing writing workshop where a clearly unprepared instructor stressed the importance of creating air-tight …