Flora Wu

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Make-Ahead, Take-Along Breakfasts

Jumpstart your day with nutrients and flavor.<p>Smoked Salmon Blini<p>Rye is rich in fiber, and smoked salmon delivers heart-healthy omega-3 fats.<p><b>Ingredients</b><br>¾ cup milk<br>2 large eggs<br>1 cup rye flour<br>½ tsp. baking soda<br>½ tsp. baking powder<br>Pinch of salt<br>4 oz. cream cheese<br>1 Tbsp. honey<br>2 tsp. grated lemon …

How to Spend the Holidays in New York City

Spending your holiday in the Big Apple? Here's our guide to some of the most festive and fun attractions the city has to offer.<p>It's the most …

To Outline or Not to Outline Your Novel

by rafaelsoares | via FlickrToday’s guest post is from blogger Tania Strauss of NY Book Editors.For many writers (myself most definitely included) …

7 Lessons You Need to Learn When Writing Your Book

Ever wanted to write a book? Do you have an unfinished opus about your expertise sitting on your laptop? How about the next Harry Potter or crime thriller?<p>When I was six, I wrote an elaborate children's story about a family of mice who vacation at Disneyworld. I detailed their quaint village, their …

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Having Something to Say and Saying It

My friend, Eric Bryan, recently pointed out that I re-post a lot of articles about writing on social media, articles with tips from how to structure your writing time to overcoming self-doubt to plotting your novel, but rarely do these essays touch on perhaps the most important aspect of the …

5 Ways Aspiring Authors Get Tripped Up in Wishful Thinking

I recently had a coaching session with an author who's finished with her manuscript and ready to shop it. Like most of the writers I work with, it's taken her a year to complete, and there were another five years before we started our work together during which she was plotting and figuring things …

7 free tools for anyone who wants to become a better writer

The awesome (and scary) thing about being a writer is that you can always improve. It's why people can sit on a draft for weeks — every time they …

“Let's talk about genre”: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation

The two literary heavyweights talk about the politics of storytelling, the art of the swordfight and why dragons are good for the economy.<p><i>Neil</i> …

Books

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Best Writing Software: Six Choices To Make Your Life Easier

The Best Book Writing Software<p>Writing a book isn’t just about putting down words on a page. You need to be able to organise and structure your book. …

Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule?

by Ralph Aichinger / via Flickr<b>Note from Jane:</b> Today’s guest post is adapted from <i>The Irresistible Novel</i> by Jeff Gerke (@JeffGerke), published by …

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Why Your Novel's Hero Should Fight a Good Guy (in 11 Uncontrived Steps)

In <i>Harry Potter</i> and <i>The Hunger Games</i>, one of the hero’s friends stands in his way, just as the climactic action is starting to build. It helps that the …

Anne R. Allen's Blog: How NOT To Win A Writing Contest: 7 Deadly Story Sins

<i>(I use this trick with most of my novels...Anne.)</i><p>#4. Your structure is all over the place.<p>In a short story, you typically have just 5000 words. Or …

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make and How to Avoid it

Lately the question I’ve been asked most often is, “What’s the biggest mistake writers make?” It’s a great question, especially since the answer is …

From first draft to book launch: how to publish a novel

Finishing your first draft is a major milestone, and here are your next six steps in your quest to publish a novel.<br>You’ve finished writing the first …

7 Secrets of Highly Persistent Writers

Please welcome Jordan Rosenfeld, author of five books and hundreds of articles published in places such as: AlterNet, the <i>New York Times</i>, <i>Publisher’s</i> …

Writing a Book? Forget Formula; Try Method!

My colleague, Stuart Horwitz, says some controversial things about book writing in his second book on how to write a book, <i>Book Architecture</i>. For one, Stuart advises against using the traditional formula for book writing. Instead, he advises writers to employ three tools as more of a methodical …

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …

Psychology

Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

<i>“All of us, we’re links in a chain,”</i> Pete Seeger observed in pondering the nature of creative work. Mark Twain put it much less mildly in his lively letter of solidarity to Helen Keller: <i>“Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and</i> …

15 Books For Everyone To Better Their Writing Skills

This list goes through 15 of the best books for everyone to better their writing skills, each with a short description, and a review from other …

Writing

Spotlight: Storyteller/Reporter Ken Yeung

<b>My name is</b> Ken Yeung and I’m a Strategy and Research Content Lead at Orange Silicon Valley, a subsidiary of the global telecommunications firm. My role focuses on generating content to help promote our mission of working with the startup ecosystem, investors and our corporate partners and better …

SCRIPT ANGEL: Finding Your Writing Voice

<i>Hayley McKenzie is a Script Editor and founder of Script Angel helping screenwriters elevate their craft and advance their screenwriting career.</i> …

Writing

How Music Shields a Child’s Psyche in a Time of War

A few Palestinian children protect themselves from trauma and stress by playing the violin and other instruments.<p>RAMALLAH—The white van, carrying …

12 Incredible Abs Exercises You Should Know

Everything you need to do to get a stronger core without doing a single solitary crunch. For everyone from fitness rookie to hardcore exerciser.<p>Thumbnail from Thinkstock.