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How to Create and Stick to a Writing Schedule

Don’t like math? Skip this article, then, because figuring out a writing schedule to stay productive involves a few numbers.<p>The key to a productive …

Writing

3 Strategies to Help You Write a Novel in 3 Months

It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself. — Zadie SmithI’ve participated in a …

Creative Writing

How to Beat Common Excuses that Stop You From Writing

Writing consistently is challenging — how can we do it anyway?I have fallen off the ‘consistent writing’ wagon lately. And I feel it.My Medium cheque …

Creative Writing

How to Avoid Stereotypes and Clichés

When you first hear the definition of a cliché I bet your mind goes towards a negative thought, not a positive one. The terms, <b>overused</b>, and <b>lacking in</b> …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Book Using an Outline

So, you’ve got a great idea for a book. You have a clear picture of the opening scenes and the climactic scene, and maybe some scenes in between, so …

Writing

10 Books That Will Make You More Interesting

We’re firm believers in the power of a good book to change lives, and it’s for this reason we set aside time every single day to knock down a few …

Books

Every Tourist in New York Makes These 11 Mistakes

We know we’re far from the first to tell you this, but New York City is a special place. It has just about everything you and 8.5 million other …

Sex and the City

From Mayan pyramids to colonial forts, a Caribbean cruise is a history buff's delight

With European nations fighting over the strategic and agricultural attributes of the Caribbean for so many decades, it is no surprise that many of these paradise islands harbour historical treasures. And over on the Mexican mainland, the far older legacy of the Mayans is wonderfully evident. Here's …

Caribbean

The 15 Best Books for Gamers

Routers

These are 10 of the best rated travel experiences in the world

According to people who have actually done them.<p><b>From climbing the iconic Sydney bridge to witnessing the magic of Canada's Niagra Falls, our bucket lists are continuously expanding.</b><p>With so much to see, do and enjoy across the world, it's tricky to know where to start and which world experiences are</i> …

Travel

11 Ways to Save Money When Booking Travel

Earlier this year, Brian Kelly flew Singapore Airlines’ new first-class suite on its A380 airbus, taking off with a glass of Dom Pérignon and 50 square feet of legroom. The market rate for his flight from Sydney to Singapore was over $3,000. Mr. Kelly’s cost?<p>“150,000 points and $72,” he said. “So …

Air Travel

How to Use Subplots to Bring Your Whole Story Together

Just like in real life, your characters will have more than one thing demanding their time and attention. Romances, family life, work concerns, …

Making These Simple Changes Helped Me Get Into the Best Shape of My Life

It isn't the least bit shocking that I gained weight over the past few years. My "garbage human" food intake was deplorable: frequent after-work …

How to Write Historical Fiction (without a history degree)

Andrew M. Greeley said, “History and historical fiction are necessarily not the same thing. The purpose of history is to narrate events as accurately …

Writing an Outline: 19 Surprising Ways This Could Kill Your Book

IF YOUR BOOK IDEA is your baby, you probably want to give that baby the absolute best start in life. So, will writing an outline for your book kill …

11 Things You Should Do the Day Before You Leave for a Vacation

It’s the eve of your departure—the day before you leave for that long-overdue vacation you’ve been dreaming of for months. But before you embark on …

How to Turn Great Ideas into Exciting Plots

This is the one thing you need.Eureka!…Now what?Ever so often you get that flash of inspiration, the lightning bolt of FUN IDEA, the quirky character …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Novel That Readers Can’t Put Down

Want to write a novel readers can’t put down?I’d love to come up with a yarn that grabs people like <i>Harry Potter</i> and <i>The Hunger Games</i> did. Doing so …

How to Outline a Book

How to Outline a Book: an Author's Guide (with Template)<p>June 5, 2018 - Perfecting your Craft - 1 Comment<p>Are your eyes tired of staring at a blank …

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

An introduction to the writer’s library.<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at</i> …

Books

7 Basic Questions Your Screenplay Should Answer (And How 'The Last Jedi' Answers Them 3 Times)

If your story can't answer these 7 questions, then you may not actually have a story.When it comes to screenwriting, everybody and their Aunt Ginger …

Creative Writing

21 Foods That Prove Japan Is Lightyears Ahead Of Everyone When It Comes To Snacks

BRB, moving to Japan.

Cherry Blossom

Jet Set–Approved: These Are the 11 Best Places to Travel Alone in the U.S.

Given how many examples there are of women casting off their tired surroundings for the ready change of travel—ahem, <i>Wild</i> and <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> most …

25 Places Every Serious Traveller Should Have On Their Bucket List

Sometimes, the crowds of tourists are worth it.<p><i>An earlier version of this post had an incorrect image for the Plaza De España. Sorry!</i>

21 Writing Prompts To Help You Finish An Entire Novel This Summer

Summer is officially here, and it's the perfect time to start writing a novel. There's no school and plenty of sunshine — which means it's the …

9 Must-see Tips for Long-form Writers

Long-form writing is tough. But longer pieces can be enjoyable and rewarding for many readers, giving them a glimpse of an unfamiliar world or …

427 Genius Ways To Make Everything You Own Look More Expensive

As my mother always said: "Fake it 'til you make it."

How to manage Rising Conflict in Stories

Rising Conflict in the writings of Lagos Egri Staying with the work of Lagos Egri on how best to manage rising conflict in stories, this post …

A Doctor Lays Out the Perfect 12-Week Diet Plan to Lose Weight and Feel Amazing

For pretty much anyone on the planet, the hardest part about losing weight is changing your diet. There are so many different paths to cleaning up what you eat, and there's no one-size-fits-all rule. To help you navigate the weight-loss waters, we spoke to Dr. Luiza Petre, a weight-loss and …

Nutrition

God of War Secret Weapon Found Through Runic Translation

The Translation Is Not Available in the Game<p>A new secret has been discovered in <i>God of War</i>, one that might have slipped through players’ radars …