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What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

Creative Writing

How to Write What You Know

by Jeff ElkinsWhen I first started writing, I was advised to “write what you know.” While the advice was well intended, it left me sad because I …

Adding Color: Every Word Endowed with a Spirit

Every word is endowed with a spirit, therefore the speaker or expounder should carefully deliver his words at the appropriate time and place, for the …

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Happy Birthday Joyce Carol Oates! 10 of the Best Quotes from One of the Most Prolific Female Writers

Born on this day, Joyce Carol Oates is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over 40 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction.<p>Known for her intellectual and experimental style of writing, readers and both critics have been smitten with Oates for a long time. We urge everyone to read some of the most beautiful words of one of the best female writers still alive.<p><b>2. “I never change, I</b> …

On Accepting and Embracing Critique

A number of years ago — never mind how many, my 6th grade class was given an assignment; write your best, most creative story. Anyone receiving an A …

4 Tips for “Setting” a Mood — Guest: Becca Puglisi

The Thesaurus books by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are a must-have for every fiction author. I’ve raved many times about the awesomeness of …

An Old School Writer Adapts to the New Publishing Landscape

I'm a dinosaur, trying to adapt to a new world order.<p>I expected my second novel to be published the same way as my other fiction and non-fiction books, meaning a traditional publisher paying me a small but respectable advance, distributing the text to bookstores, and sending it to book reviewers at …

Should You Track Word Count While Writing a Novel? Yes, No, and Maybe So

If you eavesdrop on a conversation between writers, it's easy to mistake talk about craft for something else. Marathons, maybe.<p>"I had such a slow day. Only 500 in two hours!"<p>"Mine went well. I topped 2000 before lunch!"<p>What are these writers despairing or gloating over? Word count. Some …

Why fiction can expose a writer in even more ways than memoir

It wasn't until about a week before my first book was published in 2010, a memoir about moving back to my parents' farm, that I started to worry. Not so much about forthcoming reviews or if the thing would generate any interest or sell any copies. I worried about the content. It wasn't just a …

Books

The boom in Young Adult fiction is fuelled by adult stories, told by adults in a grown-up fashion – but where does that leave teen readers?<p>The director of the children’s programme at the Edinburgh international book festival is worried. According to Janet Smythe: “YA fiction, the major publishing …

Books

Writing Culture Has An Ableism Problem

<i>“Publications love disabled writers until our disabilities affect our writing.”</i><p>I haven’t always been disabled. And when I was, I wasn’t always</b> …

Autism

2 Productivity Tips From 2 Superfast Writers

I am a writer. I write slowly.<p>This is a problem, because I am a writer.<p>About a year ago, I tracked my productivity and learned that I write on average 500 words per hour. Most professional writers produce at least twice that amount.<p>So in order to make better progress on my books, my natural …

How to Start Your Book in the Right Place (and Save Your Reader from Boredom, Frustration and Despair)

My mission as a book coach is to help writers write the best books they can, which means paying attention to:• the macro elements (the story or …

Storytelling in Virtual Reality: The Basics

Virtual Reality! It's amazing! It's terrifying! It's the future! Nothing will ever be the same!<p>via GIPHY<p>In the last three years, we've witnessed a boom of "Gold Rush" proportions as companies, brands, and artists scramble to develop virtual reality tools, platforms, and content, trying to figure …

Virtual Reality

Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing

Many authors who sell their work directly on platforms like Amazon are having their stories plagiarized, which can take an emotional and financial toll.<p>One day two years ago Rachel Ann Nunes, who writes Mormon fiction and romance novels, received an email from a reader asking a strange question: …

Writing

Science and storytelling in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory

Adam Summers is a biomechanist who worked as a consultant on fish behavior and anatomy for Pixar’s <i>Finding Nemo</i> and its sequel, <i>Finding Dory</i>. How do …

Fine-Tune Your Dialogue To Serve Your Story (And Your Reader)

Dialogue adds color to your story.<p>Writing dialogue gets a character out of my head (and his or hers) and alive on the page in a conversation with …

Comic book sheds light on untold stories of trafficking, poverty and prejudice in India | Reuters

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once upon a time in India, there was a girl who was promised a job and a better future but sold instead as a bride to a family thousands of miles away from where she lived.<p>With a dearth of young women in the village, she entered a world where …

From that killer first line to dealing with writer’s block, author Chris D’Lacey shares his top writing tips<p>I once heard a very good author say “there are as many ways of writing as there are people out there doing it”. What he meant was, we all have a unique style – or “voice”. No amount of …

Creative Writing

For these five dramatic actors, the depth of storytelling on TV stuns

"These are our novels," says "Ray Donovan" star Liev Schreiber of the quality of current television programming. And who can argue? With the depth and complexity of characters being written today, it's storytelling at its finest – so let's all gather around the new Tolstoy, shall we? Schreiber …

TV

With a dark, ominous atmosphere and gibberish script, short film Sunspring was penned by a computer and stars Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch<p>Artificial intelligence has recently been trying its hand at various human creative endeavours, from cooking to art, poetry to board games, but nothing is …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's Artificial Intelligence Writes A Song, And It's Not Terrible

Creativity is dead. It's official.<p>Zoonar RF via Getty Images<p>Each generation bemoans the decline of the music industry, but now song-writing has been …

Artificial Intelligence

Of course Taylor Swift should write songs about Calvin Harris. It’s literally her job.

https://www.instagram.com/p/4sU2r9jvJG<p>It didn’t take long for Taylor Swift’s breakup with Calvin Harris to become a big joke on social media. All together now: <i>She’s totally going to write a song about him!!!</i><p>That’s the basic gist of the response, as onlookers lined up to take snarky shots at Swift’s …

Star Wars: The Battle For Creative Talent Between Advertising And Tech

Global Chairman and CEO of The Talent Business Gary Stolkin gets thoughts from agency vets now working at YouTube and Facebook.<p>In 1977 Star Wars had its theatrical release in the U.S., and in the same year Apple Computers was incorporated. For another 20 years (while Apple made computers), …

Snapchat has its risks but it's a powerful tool for youth creativity and socialisation

Charlene takes a picture of her dog with her smartphone and morphs his face onto hers to make a hybrid creature. She sends it to dozens of her …

Social Media