Danielle

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The Year's Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories Have Been Determined

You’re going to want to clear a bit of time in your schedule for October. That’s when <i>The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016</i> collection …

Science Fiction

25 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills - InformED

Some say good writing can’t be taught. We beg to differ. Here are 25 surefire ways to boost your skills and become a master of communication.<p>1. Learn …

Creative Writing

The Last Word: Stephen King on Trump, Writing, Why Selfies Are Evil

Stephen King's newest novel <i>End of Watch</i> (which arrived in bookstores earlier this month) is the concluding chapter in his <i>Mr. Mercedes</i> trilogy, …

These Apps Will Help Kick Your Writing Productivity Into Shape

Writing can be challenging even for the most passionate and driven writer. From writer's block to simply not being focused, there are many ways for a writer to drift into a pattern of not getting it done. More and more writers work from home, which means there are a lot of distractions, and not all …

9 Free Ways to Make Money Online

With 42% of the USA’s 53 million strong freelance workforce working via the Internet, the lure of earning a living online is very real.<p>And why …

Three Ways That Handwriting With A Pen Positively Affects Your Brain

Stephen King purportedly wrote <i>Dreamcatcher</i> in longhand — using a Waterman cartridge pen. J. K. Rowling penned <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> — all 157 pages of it — in longhand, and the leather-bound tome sold for almost $4M at auction. F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as did Hemingway, Kafka and countless …

Stephen King

Logic & magic: How to harness the power of language

I digress. The point is that lexicographer Susie certainly knows her stuff when it comes to words and how they work.Yesterday, I heard her speak at …

So You Want to Write a Novel?

If I was given a pound coin for every time someone said to me, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel… ” — I’d be a very rich woman. Many consider it, …

Creative Writing

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 …

11 Successful Writers Share Their Writing Routines

In the past nine months we’ve hosted over 400 LIVE Chats with entrepreneurs, investors, entertainers, athletes, and thought leaders from every …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

Writing

I Need Coffee: Schedule Your Writing Life

"I Need Coffee" is a monthly column on Huffington Post Books. INC (the initialism is deliberate) covers all sorts of writing topics, with an eye toward how to make a living writing. INC's audience includes both authors and aspiring authors, and authors who are both mainstream and independent.<p>Do you …

Level Up Your Plank Workout: 11 Planks to Build Core Strength

When you were a kid, you probably did sit-ups at school for an ab workout. But is the sit-up the best ab exercise? That’s actually a simple question. …

How To Craft Your Perfect Selling Story

When speaking with a client, simply referring to your previous work, however successful, is not enough. You should be able to work those events into a compelling narrative that engages your audience, both rationally, and emotionally. Perfecting your sales story allows you to connect with your …

Selling

There's an upcoming game about exploring a dystopian city as a cat

In October of 2015, French duo Koola and Viv released a screenshot of a cat sitting in a dark alley, silhouetted by a hazy red light as the sun …

Geralt goes on a mini-adventure in new Witcher 3: Blood and Wine screens

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC Blood and Wine is set in the previously-unseen duchy of Touissant, which sounds like a lovely place: Nice weather, good …

What A Video Game Producer Actually Does

Say you want to have a party. You want it to be the most incredible party on the planet, one that all of your friends will remember forever. You’re …

Why is video game lore so awful?

There have been times during my career that I've found myself at a press event, listening to the creative director of a role-playing game, talking …

Go Stargazing With Opus: The Day We Found Earth

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I do enjoy some good ol’ rest and recuperation when the weekend rolls around, and my go-to games …

Divinity: Original Sin 2 showdown — PC Gamer vs. Larian Studios

Swen Vincke and I in the midst of a heated Divinity: Original Sin 2 rivalry. Granted, a somewhat strange rivalry, given that he is the CEO of …

DIY a Mini Zen Garden for Mom This Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up, we know it can be hard to find a gift for the woman who gave you life and so much more. Lucky for you, moms always love handmade gifts from their kids (especially DIY photo gifts), no matter how old you get! Show her your love with a beautiful AND functional DIY mini …

Landscaping

How to master the art of decision making

The last part of the decision-making diet is monitoring.<p>Since every person has a personal lifestyle, unique and constantly changing, what works for you might not work for me. That’s why it’s important to monitor your behavior.<p>A research study conducted at Duke University shows that nearly half of …

Mindfulness

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 …

How to Become a Master Writer (and Photographer)

As many of you know, I’ve been building a travel media school called Superstar Blogging over the past few months. The purpose of this school is to …

5 Ways to Go From Hobby Writer to Pro

If you've been writing for any amount of time, at some point a question is going to come up for you: do I want to go pro?<p>It's an important question to ask, and, most especially, to answer. Because as you go deeper into a hobby, you'll start to think about the money you've spent and wonder if it's …

How gaming's latest controversy betrays our failing imaginations

Commentary: What Baldur's Gate, "Game of Thrones" and The Witcher 3 have in common.<p>A few days ago, Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear went on sale. It's the first expansion to a beloved video game series in over a decade. But some fans' excitement quickly changed to anger.<p>Within days, gamers …

Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?

Students who take notes by hand outperform students who type, and more type these days, new studies show<p>Laptops and organizer apps make pen and paper seem antique, but handwriting appears to focus classroom attention and boost learning in a way that typing notes on a keyboard does not, new studies …

Los Angeles

B&N Bestsellers in Science Fiction & Fantasy: March 2016

<i>For nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. At the end of each month, he’ll be</i> …

Science Fiction