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Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives …

Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Overview<p>Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers by Sherry Ellis<p>A collection of personal writing exercises and …

How to Write a Great Science Fiction Novel in 7 Easy Steps

<i>Max Barry's book Lexicon was voted fourth best science fiction novel of the year by Goodreads, and now he's put together a (mostly serious) list of</i> …

‘Strong is beautiful’: the unstoppable rise of Crossfit

At the Weightlifting World Championships, femininity and physique go hand in hand – and it’s all down to the world’s biggest fitness craze<p>About 250 of the world’s strongest women flew home from Houston, Texas, last week after competing at the 2015 Weightlifting World Championships. Among them were …

13 science-backed signs you're smarter than average

Without administering an impromptu IQ test, there are certain clues you can use to gauge a person's relative intelligence.<p>We combed through decades of scientific research and highlighted 13 surprising signs of braininess.<p>Keep in mind, however, that "intelligence" is often measured through tests …

6 Powerful Writing Prompts Generators to Use on Android

November 21, 2015<br>Looking for some good writing prompts to fuel students muse? The list below has you covered. We have curated some of the best prompt …

Five habits that led to Ian Rankin’s success as a fiction crime writer

Scotland's Ian Rankin considers himself an accidental crime novelist, having fallen into the genre that made him a star. His latest, <i>Even Dogs in the Wild</i>, marks the 20th time out for everyone's favourite curmudgeon, Detective Inspector Rebus. Here Rankin – who starts the Canadian leg of his book …

The 16 Best Workout Moves To Burn Fat

These moves will absolutely torch your fat.<p>If you're asking around your gym about the best way to work out to burn fat, someone will inevitably point you to an open corner and tell you to do one single move until you drop (and can't jump back up again): Burpees.<p>The full-body exercise might just be …

The Total-Body Mixed Martial Arts Workout Anyone Can Do

EDITOR'S PICK{{displayTitle}}<p>Let's not pretend Ronda Rousey didn't change things.<p>Today, the professional fighter is just about everywhere you look. …

7 Literary Agents Seeking Fantasy Novels NOW

In celebration of my three new books released this September (what an awesome autumn!), I’m doing a lot of special lists of agents seeking queries …

Writing

Weight Loss Teas: 22 Best Teas for Slimming Down

For most Americans, tea is tea. Forget black teas, white teas, greens, and reds; tea is that finely ground gunpowder that comes in bags from Lipton, …

Want to win a prestigious literary award? Just follow this simple formula

Turns out there <i>is</i> a science to writing a book. Or at least, there is a science to writing a book that'll win you prestigious literary awards.<p>In <i>How to</i> …

Four Options for a Fiction Manuscript Evaluation

If you’re writing a novel, you may be looking ahead to getting feedback on your finished draft. We’ve written before about how to get feedback from …

Writing

Four Books Every Novelist Should Read

Here are the four books I’m recommending to students in my Novel Writing Master Class. These are essential reading for anyone interested in narrative …

Body Image Trauma

As an American woman I am conditioned to dislike my body. I am especially aware of this after having lived in Ghana for more than a year, where I am …

2 Stammer Verbs to Avoid in Your Fiction

by Hernán Piñera | via FlickrNote from Jane: Today’s guest post is by editor Jessi Rita Hoffman (@JRHwords).As a writer, you’ve probably heard the …

Writing And Editing: Five Problems to Avoid in Your First Novel

<i>The first novel is definitely the hardest! You think you have internalized how a story works as a reader and then you discover there is so much more</i> …

Writing

Why the #MyBodyIs campaign is so important

If there’s one group of people who never have to worry about how they look, you’d think it would be professional athletes. With all that constant …

What Real New Yorkers Think Of Photoshopped "Bikini Bodies"

Since the start of the summer (and the advent of "bikini body" season), countless New Yorkers' commutes have been inundated with ads from British …

Bulimia.com Charity Reimagines Lara Croft And Other Characters With 'Average' Bodies To Squash Negative Body Image

An eating disorders charity has reverse-photoshopped video game characters with "average" body proportions - and they look more kick-ass than ever.<p>In …

Writing Fiction: 10 Ways To Keep Readers Hooked

How can you entice your reader to turn the page?By writing a good story, of course!The drama <i>within</i> the tale—plus the implied question ‘how will it …