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35 Books Time Magazine Suggests To Open Your Mind

<b>35. 1984, George Orwell</b><p><b>34. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes</b><p><b>33. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley</b><p><b>Douglas Adams</b><p><b>Kurt Vonnegut</b><p><b>Joseph Heller</b><p><b>29. Do Androids</b> …

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 …

Writing

How to Write Fully-Formed Characters in Fiction

More than a city or a nation, the world of a book is in its characters. Everything else is a foundation, a stage upon which people can walk, the …

A Look At Pixar’s Secret Storytelling Weapons

<b>WHAT:</b> A video essay on why Pixar films tend to be so relatable.<p><b>WHO:</b> YouTuber KaptainKristian.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> It’s not just that Pixar films put viewers through the emotional wringer, it’s the way they do it–not with cheap manipulation but with meticulously crafted storytelling and core truths. In a …

Animation

Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks there's a 'very high' chance the universe is just a simulation

Business Insider<p>We trust the scientists around us to have the best grasp on how the world actually works.<p>So at this year's 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial …

The head of TED says the best public speakers have one thing in common — and it's not charisma or charm

Charisma and charm may help you get an audience's attention, but you'll need more than that to keep them interested.<p>Chris Anderson, the head curator …

5 exercises to improve your storytelling skills

<i>This article was previously published on PR Daily in April 2016.</i> <br>Football players practice ballet. Pianists repeat small sections of music until it's …

Writing

Expresso app will show you everything wrong with your writing

If you want to see how well you’re writing, the free text-analyzer Expresso will give you a detailed breakdown of whatever you give it.<p>The web-based …

My favorite online research tools for writers

Here’s how I researched material for a book I was ghostwriting. You might like these tools, too.<p>You can’t find everything on the Internet…yet. But …

Five weak words you should avoid—and what to use instead

When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My sentences were filled with meaningless words and fillers. What I didn’t realize is that by using them I was sabotaging myself and my writing.<p>Weak words can sneak into our writing anywhere, anytime—and when they do, they destroy the power of our …

Creative Writing

How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot

Photo by Camera Eye Photography.Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard core plotter. I have outlines and spreadsheets. I cover tabletops with …

Writing

Stephen King Used These 8 Writing Strategies To Sell 350 Million Books

The bestselling novelist shares his secrets to selling so many books.<p>Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at …

Creative Writing

9 Key Elements Of Great Endings For Books And Stories - Writer's Relief, Inc.

After a reader finishes a book or a short story, it’s often the ending that resonates most strongly. In some ways, the whole book is about its …

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 …

A Writer's Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure

Plot and structure are like gravity. You can work with them or you can fight against them, but either way they’re as real as a the keyboard at your …

An Editing Checklist For Writers

Are you thinking about editing your own copy?<p>At Writers Write, we give our students a Rewriting Checklist as part of our Writers Write course. This …

How to Write a Great Science Fiction Novel in 7 Easy Steps

<i>Max Barry's book Lexicon was voted fourth best science fiction novel of the year by Goodreads, and now he's put together a (mostly serious) list of</i> …

11 Ways to Write a Character-Focused Story That Still Feels Action-Packed

Everyone loves a story that races forward. There’s a reason we love books that are “page-turners.” But does a fast-paced story full of thrills and …

Write Science Fiction? Here's Your Chance To Learn Real Physics from the Experts

When you’re writing science fiction, getting to hear from actual scientists can be worth its weight in gold. So if you’ve got some free time in late …