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Failure happens to everyone—but to grow, you must learn how to turn it into humility

Failure is like the original sin in the biblical narrative: everyone has it. Regardless of class, caste, race, or gender, we are all born to fail, we practice failure for as long as we live, and pass it on to others. Just like sin, failure can be disgraceful, shameful, and embarrassing to admit. …

Spirituality

Use This Writing Exercise to Uncover Your Ideal Self

Twelve years ago, I moved countries for the 10th time. I enrolled into a master’s program in my home country, the U.K., to pin myself down into some …

World’s Best-Selling Author James Patterson On How To Write An Unputdownable Story

James Patterson’s books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States. The wildly prolific author talks to Co.Create about how to tell a story that will hook people in.<p>They call it beach reading–the kind of ultra-accessible mass market paperback that nestles inside …

Writing

Master the art of storyboarding

Storyboarding can help you to solve a multitude of problems. It's a great method that enables Studio AKA – and many other creatives – to work with …

An Inconvenient Truth producer and director Lesley Chilcott talks storytelling through characters

<i>What’s the Story? is a storytelling video series dedicated to learning what truly makes a great story, told through the lens</i> <i>of the</i> <i>world’s talent and</i> …

CNN’s short-form video offshoot Great Big Story goes long

CNN’s short-form video startup Great Big Story is building a 24-hour video channel and points to its success on YouTube as a reason why.<p>Earlier this …

Advertising Industry

Use Pacing to Improve Your Storytelling

By BookBaby author Nancy L. EricksonWhen you are able to control the pace of your story, you’ve mastered one of the more important skills in writing. …

What Posting More Than 300 Articles in a Year Taught Me About Freelance Writing

Making yourself valuable begins with making yourself available.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My freelance writing journey started about six years ago in my penultimate year as a law student -- and after failing at so many other business attempts. I always …

Writing

Should I Write Fiction or Non-Fiction?

<b>When I was an aspiring writer, I had no idea</b> whether I should pursue novels, (fictional stories using made-up characters, scenarios, and plots), or …

So you want to write a nonfiction book …

One of the interesting things about specialization is how we often take for granted the things we do well. I am insanely impressed by the Europeans I encounter who can speak at least five languages and are likely adding a sixth, but they usually just shrug their shoulders and think it’s no big …

Passionate Nonfiction Writing Starts with a Question

Author Melissa Stewart shares her expertise about the role questions play in nonfiction writing.

Writing

Prologue, Introduction, Preface, or Foreword: Which Is Right for You?

I’m currently working on my fifth nonfiction book and starting is always the hardest part. There are just so many options. Should I write a preface? …

Writing

When Will You Finish What You Started?

Hi!<p>How many false starts have you had? I know you’re wondering, “What is this girl talking about now? What’s a false start?” Well, it’s easier to …

Gung Ho

On Writing: Paul J. Silvia

As summer is heavy-duty writing time for many academics, it also seems like a good time to revisit some favorite advice about writing. Thus the …

How to Ignore Your Instincts and Find the Real Story

<b></b>Signature, the Penguin Random House site dedicated to books and culture, celebrated Short Story Month this past May by taking a close look at short …

Five storytelling rules from a vicar, director, sculptress and restaurateur

It is often said that we are in the business of storytelling. And next week the best storytellers in our business will converge in Cannes.<p>Clearly, …

Black Mirror

Watch: Hayao Miyazaki's Tried and True Storytelling Recipe

In Miyazaki’s case, a movie "formula" might be a good thing.<p>It’s been said that there are only four or five stories that are told over and over …

Anime

A Real World Comparison of the Sony a9 and Nikon D5

Sony’s flagship a9 camera is the first full-frame mirrorless that can really compete with DSLRs when it comes to overall speed. This 30-minute …

Bang Your Head – 7 Types of Aggressive Advertising From Sites Negatively Impacted By Google Quality Updates

The impact of disruptive and aggressive advertising is an important topic that site owners need to thoroughly understand. Glenn Gabe of GSQi explains …

Watch: Steven Spielberg's Tools for Creating Suspense

A few simple strategies make Steven Spielberg 'the kindest manipulator in the history of cinema.'<p>If you're looking to generate some suspense in your …

The top 10 YouTube ads in May earned a total 115M views, 87M belonged to Clash of Clans

The video game ranked No. 1 last month with 87.7 million views, while the No. 2 ad from Heineken generated a meager 6.5 million in comparison.<br>Please …

9 tips for writing stronger headlines

Headlines are lifelines to our readers. They grab attention, build trust and help time-pressed consumers focus on the stories they care most about. …

Nobody wanted John Grisham’s first novel — but now it’s buried treasure

John Grisham is the author of a rare book.<p>That might sound puzzling, given that Grisham has sold more than 300 million copies of his thrillers. But in the rare-edition room at Lemuria Books in Jackson, Miss., there’s Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill,” written when he was still working as a …

Books

Photojournalism Daily: Nov. 18, 2014

From the December issue of National Geographic magazine: Cowboys on the EdgeBagualeros—cowboys who capture feral livest<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Tomás …

How to maintain a habit when life shifts your focus

I was already writing about this issue, but I have to revise the topic, because I believe it’s of the biggest importance in improving your life. …

Kevin Rose Plots A Luxury Ecommerce Empire Starting With New App Watchville

“I did not like watches my entire life,” Digg co-founder Kevin Rose tells me. That’s an odd admission for a man who just launched Watchville, an app that aggregates news from top wristwatch blogs, and offers an atomic clock tool to help you set your timepiece and its moon phases.<p>But Rose explains, …

Samsung in internet of things push as phone profits fade

In a sign of how seriously Samsung is taking the effort, the company is transferring about 500 engineers from its mobile- phone division and …

Mobile

Apple Adds UnionPay, China’s Largest Bankcard Network, To App Store Payment Options

App Store customers in China can now link their UnionPay debit or credit cards to their Apple IDs for purchases, Apple announced today.<p>This is significant for Apple and Chinese consumers because China UnionPay, a bankcard network approved by China’s State Council and the People’s Bank of China, …