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Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?

by Joe BuntingIf you want to get published, you need to be aware that major New York publishers are looking for a specific word count, depending on …

Writing

George RR Martin: our long obsession with Mars

The author behind Game of Thrones spent his childhood reading stories about Mars and hoping to write one himself. As new discoveries on the red planet capture the world’s attention, he surveys a rich Martian literature<p>Once upon a time there was a planet called Mars, a world of red sands, canals and …

How to Write a 'Big Book'

Lots of writers dream of writing a big book.<p>A book that gets advertised and reviewed everywhere. A book that people are reading on trains, planes, and listening to in their cars on cross country trips or morning commutes.<p>A book that everyone sees at airport book racks. A book that makes all the …

Auroras Reveal Buried Ocean on Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

Auroras wrapped around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon, have confirmed that a salty ocean hides beneath the world’s surface.<p>The observations, made with the Hubble Space Telescope, add Ganymede to a long list of places in the solar system where water is abundant. They also …

Astronomy

9 Famous Geniuses Who Were Also Huge Coffee Addicts

You can't even make it out of the house without a double cappuccino, and you can't survive that two o'clock meeting without your trusty espresso shot. Oh, and sure, you've read the conflicting evidence about the health benefits of your coffee consumption, and the possible health risks of …

Astronomers Find a Long-Lost Ocean on Mars

The ancient sea covered a fifth of the planet's surface, to a depth of at least a mile.<p>Astronomers using some of the world's most powerful telescopes have determined that an ocean at least a mile deep covered a significant fraction of the Martian surface four billion years ago.<p>The research, …

Global Warming

What Writing Has in Common With Happiness

The author Yasmina Reza says that Borges taught her fiction, like joy, is borne of mysterious, instinctual processes achieved in an unconscious state.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan,</b> …

Literature

Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing

With creativity becoming a commodity that so many people trade on, it's more important than ever to have ideas constantly flowing. But are these …

5 Creativity Myths you Need to Stop Believing

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>There’s a letter from an 1815 issue of <i>General Music Journal</i> where Mozart describes his creative process as instantaneous: no struggle or writer’s block. The muse simply showed up and he was ready.<p>The problem? The letter is a fraud.<p>Much like many other …

Creativity

Archaeology

Archaeology

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Books

Violent, Slick, Rowdy -- Ronda Rousey Wins Her Way (Again)

Cat Zingano was shattered. Whatever pain was throbbing in the shoulder Ronda Rousey had just pulverized with a devastating armbar 14 seconds into …

The Best Movies & TV to Watch on Netflix in March

It's a new month, and that means a new batch of movies just hit our favorite streaming site. Peruse the best below.<p><b>1)</b> <i>Teen Witch</i> <b>(1989)</b><br>In this cult classic, a teenager discovers she's the reincarnation of a powerful witch.<p><b>2)</b> <i>Finding Neverland</i> <b>(2004)</b><br>Johnny Depp plays <i>Peter Pan</i> author J. M. Barrie as he …