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The Writing Process Isn't Linear. Let's Stop Telling Students That It Is.

If you conduct an online image search for “writing process,” you’ll find many charts that lay out the steps—brainstorming, drafting, revising, …

How To Create Conflict Between Multiple Antagonists

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 153<p>We’ve talked before about the benefits multiple antagonists can bring to a story – and how to give each a unique …

Writing

How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic

A secretive network of business lobbyists has long held sway in US politics. Now their allies in the UK government are planning a Brexit that plays into their hands<p>It took corporate America a while to warm to Donald Trump. Some of his positions, especially on trade, horrified business leaders. Many …

Conservative Party

Enormous extragalactic void is pushing on the Milky Way

The Milky Way galaxy is currently racing through space at about 2 million km/h (1.2 million mph), on a journey towards a gravitational anomaly known …

Universe

The Unexpected Drawbacks To Positive Thinking

One psychologist explains why you “can’t expect people to change their mind-sets the way they change their underwear.”<p>What could possibly be bad about “staying hopeful” or wrong about trying to “think positively”? Coaches and experts routinely say that fixing our mind-sets can help us fix most of …

Fake News

If the Universe Is Expanding, What Does It Expand Into?

<i>If the universe is expanding, then what does it expand into?</i><p><b>Richard Muller:</b><p>The universe doesn't have to be expanding into anything in order to …

Harry Potter

Dark Humour Could Be a Sign of Superior Intelligence

The upside of a sick joke.<p>Scientists have linked higher intelligence to an appreciation of dark humour, based on a small study that investigated the …

Psychology

10 Steps to Creating the Life You Actually Want

Too many people are living in circumstances that they are not happy with. They do not know that they can actually have the life they want. Some have …

Motivation

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

You Should Be Reading These Literary Comics

Tired of reading book reviews? Burned out on lengthy literary thinkpieces? [Ed. note: sorry] Luckily, literary commentary is also available in …

Top 9 Best Graphic Novels of All Time

Many of might’ve heard the term graphic novel but don’t know what exactly does that means. Graphic novel is similar to comic book. “a fictional story …

From Westworld to Homeland: pop culture's obsession with gaslighting

Why have stories about men mind-controlling women come to define much of modern pop culture?<p>It is hard to say where today’s cultural obsession with gaslighting reached its climax: in the exaggerated mind control of Jessica Jones, the murky, shifting terrain of Homeland, the conspiracy-rich …

Domestic Violence
Books

The man who tried to photograph thoughts and dreams

A French Commandant’s belief that he could photograph the inner workings of the mind has important lessons for modern science.<p>Spare a thought for poor Madame Darget. How she must have sighed when her husband bounded over to the sofa in his office where she was attempting to rest. In his hands, he …

Consciousness
Writing

The daring French sci-fi comic that inspired Akira, Blade Runner and Star Wars

At the beginning of any artistic movement is always a catalyst, a hyperbolic, over-realised fever dream of what came after. This is seen everywhere; …

From Fanboys To Whineboys

In 1995, I sat with my friend Trevor, flipping through an X-Men comic book. He turned to me and said, “Imagine if we had lots of TV shows and movies …

Extreme Cinematic Universe: What You Need To Know

Cinematic universes are all the rage these days, and it's a trend primarily driven by the popularity of comic books and superhero stories. Marvel …

Comics

5 things you learnt at school that are wrong

Do you remember being taught you should never start your sentences with “And” or “But”?<p>What if I told you that your teachers were wrong and there are …

Language

Earth - The strange inspirations behind Greek myths

Many of us know the well-told ancient Greek story with the wooden horse, but how well do you know its sequel? Homer's <i>Odyssey</i> recounts what happened after the sack of Troy, specifically Odysseus's epic voyage home. It might be fictional but according to the experts it still provides valuable …

Ancient History

Why Sci-Fi Romance Films Aren't Popular Among Adults

'Passengers' is only the latest movie to show how hard it is to blend science fiction and romance.<p>Sex and romance in adult science fiction is a …

Science Fiction

What the Heck is a Word Cloud and Why Would I Use One?

If you haven’t tried ProWritingAid’s Word Cloud Gallery, get ready to have your mind blown.<p>What is a Word Cloud?<p>Google says a word cloud is “an image …

Up Out of the Darkness: A New History of Monsters

WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD monsters in our lives. There is the Bible’s Leviathan (“the mere sight of him is overpowering”) and the fearsome Bull of Heaven …

The culture of fear: In an age of lies, the fiction writer is king

Sanders Theatre. Harvard University. September 2015. Stephen King is interviewing Lee Child regarding his (then) latest novel, <i>Make Me</i>. The auditorium …

In 1562 Map-Makers Thought America Was Full of Mermaids, Giants, and Dragons

Sea serpents, cannibals, and one of the earliest mentions of California are features of this spectacular map.<p>In the 15th and 16th centuries, the …

How Japan's obsession with 'dead wet girls' changed horror

There was a time not so long ago in the western world when soggy young women with long black hair just weren’t scary. But that was before Japanese horror glid into view. The figure of the dead wet girl became a suddenly common sight in horror films at the turn of the 21st century: sometimes it felt …

Labour’s John McDonnell mixes up ‘Brexit’ and ‘breakfast’... THREE times in the same speech

If politicians learn one lesson from the events of 2016, let it be this. Never give a speech about Brexit on an empty stomach.<p>Because, however valiantly you try to soldier on, it’s practically guaranteed that at some point you’ll accidentally call Brexit “breakfast” instead.<p>Look what happened to …

John McDonnell

I'm Bored: surreal and weirdly touching comics by Jess Rotter

If the Zap Comix collective hung out in Gary Larson's basement rolling numbers on psychedelic record covers while giggling about those motivational …

Grateful Dead
Psychology