Carola Kolbeck

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The Power of Showing Up — What I’ve Learned From Three Years of Writing

I’ve been writing for over three years now.When I started, I had no idea I’d write as much as I have or accomplish as much as I have.Like you, I had …

#MeToo Has Made Me See Anyone Is Capable Of Sexual Abuse—Including Me

Unsplash/Maru LombardoNearly everyone of every gender has the potential to be both the violat<i>or</i> and the violat<i>ed</i>.When I first read Babe.net’s …

Feminism

When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

Leila Slimani's new book, <i>The Perfect Nanny</i>, begins with four haunting words: "The baby is dead."<p>It tells the story of a Parisian family and their nanny — who starts to unravel, and commits an unspeakable crime.<p>"I had the feeling that she was like a plate that you put every day on the table, and she …

Books

16 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Write A Book

If you want to write, you've got to read.

Creative Writing

The 19 Most Incredible Small Spaces on Pinterest

Big ideas for small spaces—no matter how tiny.<p>These days, folks can’t get enough of the tiny home trend. Homeowners are getting more creative—and …

I Talked to 150 Writers and Here’s the Best Advice They Had

I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked …

8 Ways to Stay Focused When Writing a Blog Post

Blogging can be a fun, interesting, entertaining, helpful, and fabulous experience for both bloggers and their readers.But, what blogging often <i>isn’t</i> …

10 Critical Mistakes Writers Make in Writing Contests

You work hard to write your best story—and if you’re honest, you’re pretty sure it’s amazing. You share it with other writers to get their feedback, …

Creative Writing

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates writers by …

A letter to ... my teacher, with whom I had an affair

The letter you always wanted to write<p>I always looked forward to your lessons. I liked how you levelled with us. We felt respected. And your passion for all those novels and plays could be highly infectious. It was because of one of those plays that you took our relationship into a forbidden realm …

Relationships

2 Ways to Break Through Your Writer's Block

Don't slow down when you feel like you've run out of ideas.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you push yourself to blog on a regular basis, you'll get more traffic. Unfortunately, it means that there will probably come a time when you get stuck and feel like you have …

Process Goals Will Help you Finish Your Book 6 Ways

<i>Process goals make that road seem less daunting</i><p><b>by Ruth Harris</b><p>Psychologists differentiate between <i>outcome goals</i> (write a book) and <i>process goals</i> (the …

Understanding the Formatting of a Screenplay (and Why It All Matters)

Most filmmakers know scripts follow a very particular format, but do they know why they do?<p>Thanks to all of the low-cost/free screenwriting programs …

Want to write a bestselling novel? Use an algorithm

In the first of a four-part series on earning money, we look at the fast-track route to a chartbusting book – with a little help from a computer<p>It’s the multimillion pound question that publishers and writers have been pondering for decades: what makes a bestseller? Attempting to write one could …

Writing

"Everybody has a book in them": 9 secrets to writing a thrilling bestseller - by author Martina Cole

Top author Martina Cole believes we all have a book in us - it's just a matter of putting pencil to paper and letting it all come flowing out.<p><i>Makes</i> …

How to write a book and publish it (without giving up your day job)

Best tip: start now<p>You dream of being the next J.K. Rowling or Paula Hawkins but that pesky job, not to mention your social life, family commitments …

Writing

Your reading list just got longer—the 2017 National Book Awards longlist is here

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

11 Writing Lessons From George R.R. Martin, Because There's A Lot To Learn From 'Game Of Thrones'

We can whine all we want about George R.R. Martin's writing speed, or about how he kills all our faves, or about how he insists on naming every one …

Best-Selling Author Veronica Roth Tells What Writing Books Is Really Like

Writers seems the original and ultimate solopreneurs but publishing a best seller requires a team.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>More than 200 million Americans want to publish a book in their lifetime but most do no more than dream. Veronica Roth, author of the</i> …

The best writing advice from J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and more

April 10 marks National Encourage A Young Writer Day, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the best advice our favorite authors have given to …

Creative Writing

Free Online Writing Courses

Whether you want to become a famous novelist or just make your way through College English, these free online writing courses and journalism courses …

Creative Writing

7 Incredibly Useful Writing Tips From a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author | Inc.com

Bret Stephens is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who has penned hundreds of oped essays and news columns that have been read by millions of people. He recently joined <i>The New York Times</i> as an oped writer, after a long stint at <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> as one of their most widely read commentators on …

Creative Writing

Congratulations, Liv Tyler! Meet Her Newest Bundle of Joy, Lula Rose

Back in January, Liv Tyler informed the world that she was pregnant again with a swoon-worthy Instagram photo of her smiling and holding her growing belly on a beach. It’s no surprise, then, that she followed up the adorable announcement with a similarly gushing social media snap of the bundle of …

Create Compelling Content: 21 Ways Writers Can Find Creative Inspiration

Coming up with ideas for new posts, articles, and even books can be tough. Here's a list of ways to find the inspiration you need.<p>Want to write more posts? Want to write more articles? Want to write a book?<p>If so, you're not alone (here's looking at you, LinkedIn Pulse), but coming up with …

Why Intelligent People Are Happier Spending Time Alone

Are you happier when you spend less time with people and more time working toward some type of goal? According to a study on happiness that was …

Psychology

How to cultivate winning writing habits

As many professional writers will tell you, good habits are everything.<p>If procrastination or writer’s block sets in, the writer’s bank account might …

10 Embarrassing Writing Mistakes I See Way Too Often

Do you hate to write? You’re definitely not alone. Many people do. And while it’s hard to name all the reasons people dread writing, there is one …

Linguistics

The Five Stages of Writing a Novel

Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around …

6 Tools That Save You From Embarrassing Writing Mistakes

One study showed that writing errors scare off 59 percent of customers. Can you afford to keep making spelling and grammar mistakes?<p>Think your writing mistakes don't matter? Think again. A study by Global Lingo found that as many as 59 percent of online customers are scared away from sites with …

5 Tips for Powerful Writing

If you want to write more powerfully-- whether it's the next great novel or memoir, or simply emails to friends, family and colleagues, journal entries, speeches or presentations for work, or even your holiday card letter, here are some words that might help, inspired by Girl Friday Productions-- …