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Step Inside This Mind-bending Studio Where Every Painting Is an Optical Illusion

Patrick Hughes is an artist like no other – he doesn't do 'normal' and presides over all conventions to create insanely mind-bending paintings that …

Modern Art

Blogging isn't Dead 8 Reasons to Start an Author Blog

Shares 0<p><i>An Author Blog is still one of the best ways to build platform</i><p><b>By Anne R. Allen</b><p>If you tell your non-writing friends you’re thinking of …

Writing

Story Editing. Copyediting. Proofreading. What in the world are they?

In today’s publishing environment, it’s up to an author to ensure all the major steps of revision/self-editing have been completed.Image Source: …

Writing

5 Formulas To Write 500 Words A Day

In November 2016, I embarked on a goal to write five hundred words per day, forever. No time limit. I learned a hard truth. Sitting down in front of …

Creative Writing

Here's How to Create Your Own Metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn't literally true but helps explain an idea or make a …

Creative Writing

5 alternatives to clunky prepositional phrases

Are prepositional phrases bogging down your copy?<p>A prepositional phrase is a series of words beginning with a preposition and providing additional …

Language

The 19 Best Poetry Books to Read This Year - Signature Reads

<i>Listen, trying to forget is not the same</i> <i><br>as leaving—sometimes we must</i> <i><br>forget to allow forgiveness</i> <i><br>to comb the knots from our hair.</i><p>These are poems of love, forgetting, heartbreak, and desire. Some of them reflect on the difficult love between Nguyen and his mother, who scorns her gay son for his …

Literature

The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read

There are certain books that are always on lists of “books you must read” and the like, and these books are generally two things: Old and complex. …

Literature

The 10 Best Places to Find Quality Short Fiction

<i>Want to sink your teeth into the best short stories, but you don’t know where to start? Check out these awesome literary magazines that champion</i> …

Short Stories

The controversial art works that sent the world into a spin

The art world means serious business. Paintings and sculptures sell for hundreds of millions of pounds at the drop of a gavel, works are stolen and sold on the black market, and the authenticity of others have divided elitist circles worldwide. Naturally, all this lays the groundwork for some good …

Art

5 Story Formulas That Make People Cry

Source: StencilSomeone once gave me this writing advice.All writing must elicit an emotional response in your reader.His advice pertained to …

Creative Writing

What Teenagers Are Reading Around the World

The books we read help shape our worldview, perhaps most memorably in our youth. Some of these teenage readers are also writers — one has already …

Books

'The Transition' plumbs every poet's worst nightmare: corporate hell

Before writing some of the most groundbreaking novels of her generation, Margaret Atwood published several excellent volumes of poetry. Cervantes wrote a considerable number of sonnets before starting on the unprecedented marvels of "Don Quixote." Likewise for Jorge Luis Borges, James Joyce and …

Books

Apparently Mark Twain liked to “collect” young girls

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.<p>Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of November 26, 2017.<p>Emma Cline, the author …

'If only I'd been warned!' - writers choose books to give to their younger selves

Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, Tessa Hadley, David Nicholls and others choose reading matter that would have been useful when young<p>Julian Barnes<p>I don’t regret any of the literary reading I missed out on in my youth. I rather enjoy the chronological hazard of not discovering <i>Huckleberry Finn</i> and <i>The</i> …

10 Unusual But Critical Edit Checks Before You Hit Publish

A good story is more than good structure, grammar and spelling. Does it keep your reader interested? Do they feel compelled to continue to the end? …

Writing the middle of a novel: 9 tips to keep moving

Writing the middle of a novel has its own unique challenges. You need to develop your story further after your engrossing start and set in place the …

Creative Writing

Double Plurals in English

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>A double plural is the plural form of a noun with an additional plural ending (usually <i>-s</i>) attached — for …

20 Pieces of Writing Advice from William Faulkner

William Faulkner is one of the best writers America has ever produced, with a distinctive voice and a relentless intelligence that earned him a Nobel …

People will soon be doing graffiti in augmented reality, and no one knows how to police it

In the 20th century, only the brave would make bold political or social statements in public places. Whether sprayed with an aersol can, wheatpasted with a bucket and a broom, or stencilled with a piece of cardboard, graffiti became the ultimate form of artistic anarchy. Despite being illegal, the …

Augmented Reality

I Just Found Out Why We Say "Tick Tock" And Not "Tock Tick" And I'll Never Be The Same

English is a strange, confusing language.

The works of art that aren’t as original as you thought

<i>The below is an extract from Matt Brown’s just published book, Everything You Know About Art Is Wrong</i><p>“Fountain”, by Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), was created in 1917. In form, it is simple – nothing more than an upturned urinal with the addition of a few pen marks on the side (“R Mutt, 1917”). In …

Art History

Writing Insights Part One: Becoming a Writer

I started writing my first novel when I was twelve years old. I was thirty-three when I completed my first rough draft. That’s twenty years of <i>wanting</i> …

Writing

First-Ever Mutant Ants Have Been Raised, And They Have a Messed Up Social Life

It was harder than you'd think.<p>Despite what you might've seen in 1950s monster movies, it's difficult to raise mutant ants. For years biologists have …

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Language

The Surreal Scenes in These Paintings are Darker Than They Seem

Giant dogs and tigers in the street reveal the artist’s concerns with the human condition.<p>Beneath the visually enamoring and stupendously surreal paintings of Joel Rea lies a dark underbelly. Upright tigers in the middle of a New York City gallery block and skittering businessmen surrounding a …

Digital Art

New Math Untangles the Mysterious Nature of Causality

In his 1890 opus, <i>The Principles of Psychology</i>, William James invoked Romeo and Juliet to illustrate what makes conscious beings so different from the …

Too Many Girlfriends!

Read an excerpt from Catherine Lacey's wild new novel, 'The Answers,' about romance, big data, and a host of fake girlfriends.<p><i>With her acclaimed debut novel, 2014's</i> Nobody Is Ever Missing <i>, Catherine Lacey announced herself as one of the young American writers to watch. This January, the 32-year-old</i> …

Mind

Terrifying unexplained mysteries of deep space

Space is big and dark, and since there is no air, no one can hear you scream as you float away forever and ever and ever. But those are only the …

Universe

9 Poems for Boys (and Girls) Who Say They Hate Poetry

Before I go any further, I want to say that I hate gender stereotyping as much as anyone. Expressions like “boys will be boys” make my blood boil. …