Deb Lawley

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10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Japan

It’s no coincidence if Japanese gardens remind you of those scene-in-a-shoebox dioramas you made in grade school.<p>A Japanese garden is a miniature …

Landscaping

How to Write a Screenplay: The Basics

<i>The information below is meant to be a general guideline on how to properly format a screenplay. Industry standards may vary slightly and many</i> …

How To Create Super Soil For Garden Containers, Planters And Hanging Baskets!

Today is the third installment on creating a DIY Any Age Anywhere Garden. The Any Age Anywhere Garden is a container garden that lets anyone of any …

19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

The True Story Behind Valentine's Day

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

Relationships

The Secret to True Love According to Three Old Grandmas

"I absolutely think you can find 'the love of your life,'" says 71-year-old Honey. "But yes, love is just as scary when you're old as it is when you're young."<p>At 28, I've finally started to feel like a grown-up. When I was in my early 20s, I dated sleazy photographers or DJs who never introduced me …

Relationships

9 Ways Love Is Celebrated Around the World

The exact origin of American Valentine’s Day is unknown, but what we do know is that the holiday is related to one of at least three Saint …

Telling Writers to Avoid the Passive Is Bad Advice

Telling writers to avoid the passive is bad advice. Linguistic research has shown that the passive construction has a number of indispensable …

The Fundamentals of Writing a Scene

by Trina Alexander | via Flickr<b>Note from Jane</b>: Today’s guest post is excerpted from the recently released <i>Writing Deep Scenes</i> by Martha Alderson and …

How to Write a First Chapter - What Everybody Ought to Know

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 53<p>Want to hook readers so they can’t walk away from your book? Want to catch an agent’s attention and stand out from …

5 Reasons Internal Dialogue is Essential in Fiction (And How to Use It in Your Story)

Today, I have a special treat for you guys. Author, speaker, editor and long-time W.A.N.A. International Instructor Marcy Kennedy is here to talk …

Nine Secrets to Successfully Completing That Elusive First Draft

At 1:04am, on the 20th of August, after exactly 292 days or 41 weeks and 5 days of writing my first draft of my novel, I wrote those two long awaited …

Writing

Quarto Knows

January 24, 2017<p>Amelia Earhart and Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings, both from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and The Hello Atlas from Wide …

Books

Creole Tomato Jam

This savory jam from chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, in New Orleans, is your new best friend this grilling season<p>Ingredients<p>1 garlic bulb, peeled and sliced<p>1 sweet onion, julienned<p>½ tsp. vegetable oil<p>3 large Creole tomatoes, peeled, cored, and rough-chopped<p>2½ tsp. kosher salt<p>½ tsp. black …

Recipes

How to Finally Finish Your Writings

by Kellie McGannAll writers seem to have this problem. We all have those half-finished projects: books, blogs, wooden chairs.On my computer I …

Haunted by evil: Examining graphic videos made by notorious Canadian killers left this psychiatrist suicidal

<i>During his long and distinguished career, internationally renowned forensic psychiatrist Dr. John Bradford had become skilled at emotionally</i> …

The Heart of a Story: What Is It, Where Is It, and How Do You Get There?

Scan the Table of Contents in most writing manuals and you’ll see the familiar menu of story mechanics. All good! Setting, characters, plot points …

3 Ways to Start Your Novel

by Ruthanne ReidBeginnings matter.We only get one chance to hook our readers, to pull them in, to guarantee they <i>must</i> read on. That’s probably why so …

29 Recipes Every Millennial Should Know

You’re in the real world now. That means it’s time to cook like the young professional you are. If you’re clueless and without any cookbooks, have no fear. Cooking is easier than you think, and you can whip up some gourmet meals in no time. Spoon University is here to help with easy recipes that’ll …

The Two Most Important Steps to Take Before You Write Your Book

The Two Most Important Steps to Take Before You Write Your Book<p>Back when I worked a standard, unfulfilling job, I’d never entertained the thought of …

Just Write It!

A fantasy author and his impatient fans.<p>The writer George R. R. Martin left Hollywood in 1994, determined to do what he wanted for a change. He’d had some success in television, working on a new version of “The Twilight Zone” and on the fantasy series “Beauty and the Beast.” But the pilot for …

Backstory: The Importance of What Isn’t Told

When Ernest Hemingway spoke about the dignity of an iceberg being “due to only one-eighth of it being above water,” he was speaking about the …

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

21 Spring-Inspired Rooms That Will Make You Want to Redecorate

These spaces are as ready for spring as we are.<p>These spaces are as ready for spring as we are.

Interior Design