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5 things a trainer wishes you knew about getting abs

Aside from getting stronger, fitter and healthier, a lot of people have aesthetic goals too when they hit the gym - like getting sculpted abs.<p>But there's a lot of bad advice floating around on the internet about how to actually 'get' abs by working out - so Shannon Jewell, personal trainer, fitness …

Workouts

How to Use Subplots to Bring Your Whole Story Together

Just like in real life, your characters will have more than one thing demanding their time and attention. Romances, family life, work concerns, …

Creative Writing

The Workout to Burn Off Your Belly Fat

“You can rip out ab exercises all day long in the gym, but without the right combination of high-intensity fat-burning cardio along with specific …

Workouts

How Much It Really Cost Me to Publish a Kindle Book

Amazon lets you upload a book to the Kindle store for free, so I guess that means there’s no costs involved in self-publishing a book anymore, …

Writing

The secret to an ageless body (and how to get fitter after 40)

The middle-aged spread, a snail’s-pace metabolism and declining muscle tone once seemed like inevitable waymarkers of the midlife years.<p>But now they …

Exercise

B2B Marketing Has Evolved Into Something Beautiful, And It's Time For Marketers To Adapt

When I started out (around the time Duran Duran roamed the planet), business-to-business (B2B) marketing was confined to the domain of the literal. The customer was deemed rational and analytical, so the messaging was bland and unimaginative. B2B meant “boring-to-boring.” All the communications …

Marketing

4 Undeniable Habits of Winning Entrepreneurs and World Cup Soccer Players, According to Leaders Who Coached Them Both

A billionaire investor and a great soccer coach reveal the personality traits they admire the most.<p>Millions of soccer fans watched Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo steal the show by scoring three goals in the 2018 World Cup match against Spain. What television doesn't show are the habits that turned …

Entrepreneurship

3 crucial skills for leading without authority

With flatter management structures, increased outsourcing, the move toward collaborative cultures, and the ongoing formation of cross-functional …

Body Language

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

I can give you professional writing advice until the cows come home, but at the end of the day, I’m not a bestselling author or a member of America’s …

Creative Writing

How this 34-year-old dad made $1 million off a simple Fiverr side hustle

A little over five years ago, Joel Young found himself in a situation many American families are facing: He was deeply in debt with an unpredictable …

Entrepreneurship

Developing These 5 Habits Will Make You a Once-in-a-Career Leader to Employees

Practicing these five powerful tenets of leadership will make you unforgettable to employees and irreplaceable to employers.<p>The thing I wanted more than anything "growing up" as a leader was to be unforgettable to employees--for my impact on their performance, growth, happiness, and life. Did I …

Leadership

3 Literary Agents Actively Looking for Writers

Here are three agents actively seeking clients. Lindsay Mealing (Emerald City Literary) is seeking science fiction and fantasy (adult). Gill McLay …

Writing

Ten Agile Axioms That Make Managers Anxious

<i>“If at first an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.”</i> —Albert Einstein<p>In June 2018, a time when “Agile at Scale” is emblazoned on the front cover of Harvard Business Review, the management journal with quasi-papal status, the era when managers could confidently ridicule agile management …

Innovation

How to Write a Book Proposal That Will Keep You Out of the Reject Pile

If you want to publish a book, the first thing you'll need to do is to put together a book proposal. Follow these 4 steps to craft one publishers will love.<p>When Steve Jobs wrote a book, it was to create a historical record. Howard Schultz had unique insights into management he wanted to share. …

Writing

The beginner's guide to writing a novel | The Guardian Members

<b>Would you like to write a novel, but don’t know where to start? Join author Tim Lott for this introductory masterclass on the basic skills you need to get writing.</b><p>It may sound far-fetched, but it's true that anyone can learn the key qualities that publishers look for in a novel. While only a few of …

Writing

'Drink a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out': 22 of Anthony Bourdain’s wisest quotes about travel

Anthony Bourdain first rose to fame with his searingly honest memoir about life as a chef, <i>Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly</i>, but as his career progressed, it became evident that travel was a passion he held just as dear to his heart as food.<p>“If I am an advocate for …

Anthony Bourdain

The Midpoint Of A Novel In The Context Of The Story Arc

Act II is underway, and your story is dragging. What do you do?A dragging story is not what we want as authors, so let’s look at how to fix this.A …

Writing

The Dreaded Rewrite

You pick up your manuscript after the self-imposed wait period and notice plot holes that need fixing, a scene that would fit better elsewhere, or …

Creative Writing

5 Things the Good Leaders Never Say in Meetings

Meetings can be a real drag. Especially when you're the one making them that way.<p>We've all been there. That meeting you've scheduled 30 minutes for is now taking three hours. When you've finally called it a day, you're still left without the answers you need. Your staff are left frustrated, your …

Self-Reflection

How to Write Strong Scenes: 4 Key Questions to Evaluate Your Scene

<b>The following is excerpted from the online course The Art of Storytelling 101: Story Mapping and Pacing by Terri Valentine, which explores style,</b> …

Creative Writing

Integrating 4 Critical Tactics for Digital Marketing Success

<i>Image courtesy of Think Big Engine</i>Digital marketing success is more than just choosing a few digital tactics, it requires integrating those tactics …

Marketing

5 tips to dominate local SEO

Too often, entrepreneurs leave money on the table (and customers in the dark) by failing to drive traffic to their business.<p>Small-business owners …

Small Business

Eight Proven Steps To Write, Publish, Promote And Profit From A Book

Anyone can write a book, but almost nobody does. It’s hard.<p>If you choose to write a book — as well as publish, promote and profit from it — understand two things: First, it’s going to be a slog, so you’ll need to be mentally prepared. Second, most authors tend to throw the literary equivalent of …

Writing

18 Great Writers on Their Favorite Story Collections

Receiving the right collection of stories at the right moment can be a gift to any writer. Especially when starting out. In the spring of 1943, for …

Books

Murder mystery author Jane Harper has six tips for writing a bestselling novel

It's the kind of success story writers dream of.<p>In 2014, Jane Harper decided she was finally going to do it — she was going to write a book.<p>She …

Writing

Literary Devices: Exploring Anaphora Through the Poetry of Walt Whitman

<b>What is anaphora? This literary device, which appears in biblical verses as well as the works of Walt Whitman, can be used to build up anticipation</b> …

Literature

11 Short Stories You Can Read In Under 10 Minutes, But Will Stay With You Forever

Is there anything better than settling down for a languid afternoon of reading your favorite novel cover to cover, perhaps on a park bench or in a …

Books

7 work-from-home jobs that pay over $100,000

More Americans are working from home than ever before, and the trend is radically transforming how workers make, spend and save their money.<p>According …

Employment

Habits of a Good Writer…

Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits. — Twyla TharpEvery writer dreams of writing a successful post, …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Book Using Microsoft Word

If you want to write a book, you’ll need book writing software that’s up to the task. Yes, you can invest in dedicated book writing programs. But you …

Writing