Ezra Heilman

65 Flips | 7 Magazines | 230 Likes | 16 Following | 3 Followers | @EzraHeilman | Writer and educator in Los Angeles

JK Rowling handled 'Harry Potter' book burning expertly

JK Rowling's criticism of Donald Trump has led to some fans burning <i>Harry Potter</i> books – not that she cares much.<p>If the somewhat dramatic act itself …

Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist

If we want to create memorable protagonists, we have to remember their purpose in our stories. Last week I wrote about the four main characters and …

38 times Stephen King absolutely slammed Donald Trump on Twitter

You don't have to spend long on Stephen King's Twitter feed to gain an insight into his feelings about the current U.S. President.<p>The legendary …

Here’s How Eco-Activists Can Fight Trump

Activist Ken Ward admits he broke the law when he shut off a tar sands pipeline, but the surprising outcome of his trial suggests a path forward for …

12 Contemporary Writers on How They Revise

“Writing is rewriting,” says everyone all the time. But what they don’t say, necessarily, is <i>how</i>. Yesterday, Tor pointed me in the direction of this …

Covering Trump the Reuters Way

<i>In a message to staff today, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler wrote about covering President Trump the Reuters way:</i><p>Reuters logo<p>The first 12 days of the Trump presidency (yes, that’s all it’s been!) have been memorable for all – and especially challenging for us in the news business. It’s not …

29 Plot Templates: Know the Readers Expectations Before you Bust Them

Continuing the series on plot: Plot templates are helpful in telling an author the possible events for different sections of the story.<p>I like to …

The 4 Main Characters As Literary Devices

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a story idea rather than a plot is by looking at the characters you include in your story.<br>Beginner …

Writing

Trump’s America, where even park employees have become enemies of the state | Sarah Kendzior

Brutal policies accompanied by suppression of the facts are sure signs of an autocracy<p>Last Tuesday, for a few hours, Badlands National Park defied presidential orders. “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years #climate,” it tweeted. …

National Parks

Memos: CEO of Russia's state oil company offered Trump adviser, allies a cut of huge deal if sanctions were lifted

The dossier says the offer was made in July, when Page was in Moscow giving a speech at the Higher Economic School. The claim was sourced to "a trusted compatriot and close associate" of Sechin, according to the dossier's author, former British spy Christopher Steele.<p>"Sechin's associate said that …

Russia

Mind Over Matter: John Marrs "Never Give Up!"

Never Give Up!<p>In a lot of parts in Asia, Buddhist monks are known for being able to tolerate extreme levels of pain. From being able to withstand …

Will Power

Perception and How to Identify POV Leaps

Photo by Andy Morffew, Flickr’s Creative CommonsPlease welcome return guest Jordan Rosenfeld, author of seven books, most recently <i>Writing the</i> …

Creative Writing

How to Craft a Character-Driven Story

Some stories focus on big external conflicts to drive them and use a relatively blank protagonist as the audience’s vessel. But others try to make …

Here's A Running List Of President Trump's Lies And Other Bullshit

Just one day after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump told his first lie. We're keeping track.<p>A lie isn’t just a false statement. It’s a false statement whose speaker knows it’s false. In these instances, the president — or his administration — have clear reason …

How to Stop a Trump Supreme Court Nominee

President-elect Donald Trump will soon announce his nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Once he does, we’ll know within just a few hours whether there is any chance that the Senate will reject his choice. That’s because the politics of Supreme Court appointments operates at the …

U.S. Supreme Court

To understand Trump, we should look to the tyrants of ancient Rome

His disdain for the norms of democracy makes it hard to understand the US president – but he has precedents in emperors such as Commodus, Nero and Tiberius<p>He looks like a strong man – the strongest. Holding a huge club to beat his enemies with, the Roman emperor Commodus wears a lion skin over his …

Donald Trump

Defending Free Expression: A Toolkit For Writers and Readers

• Home<br>• Defending Free Expression: A Toolkit For Writers and Readers<p><i>“Prepare yourself.”</i><br>– Writer and PEN America Trustee Masha Gessen<br>“Autocracy: Rules for …

How Trump's Speech to the CIA Endangered America

The president repeated his belief that the U.S. should have taken Iraq’s oil, ominously adding that the CIA may “have another chance.”<p>Every American, regardless of who they voted for in the election, should be furious with President Donald Trump for what he told the CIA during a recent meeting at …

Foreign Policy

How to Write a Good Ending to a Story

A story is simply the presentation of a sequence of related events that have a beginning, middle, and end, but good stories (ones that we respond …

Creative Writing

How to end a book: 8 tips for a rewarding read

If you want to become a better author, learning how to end a book well is crucial. After the final page, the reader shouldn’t feel how Dorothy Parker …

Creative Writing

How to make a good story excellent: 9 steps

Learning how to make a good story great requires mastering the essentials of writing craft: Plot (cause and effect), characterization, narration, …

Creative Writing

Trump once said women should be punished for abortion. Now, he's making it happen | Lucia Graves

The ‘global gag rule’ strips funding from vital reproductive services around the world. For many women, that will mean a return to life-threatening practices<p>In the mass of protesters thronging the National Mall in Washington DC on Saturday, one sign stood out to me. It was a wire clothes hanger …

Donald Trump's 'day of patriotic devotion' has echoes of North Korea

US president’s inauguration day proclamation uses language uttered by Kim Jong-un in speeches to military and in the secretive state’s propaganda<p>Donald Trump has echoed North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, after declaring that the day of his inauguration should be a “national day of patriotic …

North Korea

Donald Trump's Company Is Receiving Direct Payments From Foreign Agents Right Now

It's not a possible conflict of interest. It's an actual conflict of interest.<p>WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s business receives direct payments from a registered foreign agent funded by the government of Abu Dhabi.<p>The U.S. headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is located …

Donald Trump

Pope Francis warns against populist leaders “like Hitler” in interview given during Donald Trump’s inauguration

<b>Donald Trump, Pope Francis (Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Max Rossi/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>“Hitler didn’t steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people”<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>January 23, 2017 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Pope Francis appears ready and willing to troll Donald Trump in an effort to …

Donald Trump

I’ve reported on Putin – here are my tips for journalists dealing with Trump | Alexey Kovalev

There’s been much hand-wringing about how the media should deal with the Trump administration. First of all: don’t get distracted<p>When you combine Donald Trump’s frivolous treatment of objective reality with Russia’s recent propaganda onslaught, it is unsurprising that many were tempted to compare …

A Petition for President Trump to Release His Tax Returns Has Enough Support for a White House Response

A WhiteHouse.gov petition demanding that President Trump release his tax returns has surpassed 140,000 signatures — a figure that would require the …

How to Use Social Media at a Protest Without Big Brother Snooping

If you're marching or protesting today, or any day, you may take photos or videos. Maybe some light livestreaming. So long as you're in public places …