Hazirah Halim

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Why Haven’t You Written a Book?

It is easier than you think<p>Maybe it is time for you to write a book. Publishing has never been easier. You might sell some copies. You might make a …

4 Must-Know Traits of a Strong Protagonist

A story is only as strong as its protagonist. If your protagonist is weak and passive, your readers won’t care if s/he succeeds or fails. Knowing the …

Storytelling Lessons from Film: Crafting Beginnings and Endings

Take a second to think about your favorite story. Whether it’s a novel or a movie, what about its progression hooked you? Was it the lead character’s …

Writing

Geek book of the week: How a writer colonized another planet

Like the great pulp sci-fi writers of yore, Allen Steele loves to colonize other planets. As a modern writer of so-called "hard" science fiction, he …

Science Fiction

Why I started writing down my accomplishments

Last Friday, I embarked on a difficult journey. I left everyone I love behind in New York, hopped on a plane for the very first time, moved across …

How A Personal Writing Practice Can Help Further Your Career Or Business Goals

When you think about how to grow professionally, writing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind — but maybe it should be.<p>Introducing a personal writing practice, whether daily, weekly or bi-weekly, helps spark ideas, build focus into thoughts, and provide clarity around goals.<p>It also …

Top 10 Survival Tips for Writing a Book

<i>This post first appeared on the JobTalk blog for the book and community, MY JOB: Real People at Work Around the World.</i><p>Today is the day I'm submitting my book manuscript to my publisher. Here's what I've learned over the past several months of being at the mercy of a looming book deadline. Hint: …

Writing Better Villains

<i>This article is by Vincent Langford.</i>So, you’ve just started planning your book and everything seems to be going smoothly. You’ve created a cool main …

The week in books: Neil Gaiman was "a feral child raised by libraries," and more

It is Saturday, and it is officially spring. You made it! To celebrate, here is the best the web has to offer for book-related news from the week of March 28, 2016.<p>The 2015 VIDA Count is in with its annual assessment of women’s representation in top-tier literary publications, and we discussed it …

How to become a bestselling author without writing a book | The Star

Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, insert your name here.<p>It turns out it doesn’t take much to become a bestselling author in the era of …

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

“RACE” Looks Like A Useful Writing Strategy

I’ve previously written in my books and here on my blog about writing scaffolds like “ABC” (Answer the Question; Back it up; make a …

High School

11 Poetry Collections by Black Writers Everyone Should Read

<b>by Jai Danielle</b><p>Whether you’re a long-time fan of poetry or a reader looking to develop a taste for the genre, National Poetry Month is the perfect …

Discover magic in creative writing

As a fan of <b>Eat, Pray, Love</b>, I was excited to hear award-winning <b>Elizabeth Gilbert</b> was publishing a book on creativity. Called <b>Big Magic</b>, it delves into</b> …

Never Hire Someone Without Asking This

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Crowdfunding project of the week: Yecup 365 mug can heat or cool your drink on demand

Looking for hot new gadgets? Crowdfunding projects are a good place to look around for the coolest tech products. Many of these end up being flops, though, which is why we have created the “Crowdfunding project of the week” series. In these articles we get rid of all the noise and feature the …

Crowd Funding

Artist Creates Amazing Portraits Using Thousands of Jelly Beans

We’re never seen artwork that’s actually good enough to eat.<p>Check out this California-based artist making 4 x 6 foot murals made entirely out of …

Machines are becoming more creative than humans

Can machines be creative? Recent successes in AI have shown that machines can now perform at human levels in many tasks that, just a few years ago, were considered to be decades away, like driving cars, understanding spoken language, and recognizing objects. But these are all tasks where we know …

Artificial Intelligence

Why the most successful people aren't afraid to promote themselves

We don't want to expose ourselves to potential criticism, so we mask our self-protection with a demure (and often proud!), "Oh, me? I'm just not very comfortable with promoting myself."<p>Congratulations, your less competent colleague is about to take your promotion.<p>I have identified the top five …

Success

These Drippy Sculptures Look Like Alien Organisms

Get lost in the strange textures and bright colors of these neon-hued oddities.<p>At first glance, the sculptures of Dan Lam might seem like living organisms. Created with intense hues, the pieces seem to drip right before the viewers’ eyes with an undeniable energy.<p>Lam uses polyurethane foam, acrylic …

We took the Tesla Model X SUV for a spin in Manhattan — and were blown away

Regardless, we'd been waiting on the Model X, whose introduction had been delayed for years, with a lot of expectations. Business Insider was on the ground in Fremont, CA when the cover was pulled off, and we were pretty impressed, even though we only got a few minutes behind the wheel after Musk …

Tesla

How Tesla Has Turned the Auto Industry Upside Down

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is turning the auto industry upside down.<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk is turning the auto industry upside down. Suddenly, electric cars are not only viable, but they are cool again and much more accessible. Most of this disruption can be attributed to the outgoing Mr Musk, not new …

Tesla

Absolutely The Best 12 Web Design and Development Tools For You

Web designers and developers love their job the most. These professionals do not even need any on-job training but, considering today’s nature of …

Web Design

The Reason Why Diet and Exercise Don't Work Like They Used To

x<p>There is a good reason why diet and exercise don’t work like they used to, and that’s because food is not at all what it used to be.<p>Ninety percent …

6 Python libraries every programmer will love

In programming, little frustrations can be as agonizing as the big problems. No one wants to pull their hair out merely to pop up a window with a …

How to teach ... graphic novels

It’s not all KAPOW! and THWACK! – graphic novels are a great way to inspire students of all ages and abilities about English literature and language<p>If anyone ever needed a lesson on graphic novels, it’s the publisher who told Stan Lee: “That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard. People hate spiders, …

Graphic Novels

Older people have the spending power. So why are ads obsessed with youth?

<i>This is part of the Globe and Mail's week-long series on baby boomers and how their spending, investing, health and lifestyle decisions could affect Canada's economy in the next 15 years. Is Canada ready for the boom?</i><p><i>For more, visit</i> tgam.ca/boomershift <i>and on Twitter at #GlobeBoomers</i><p>Advertising …

Five Personal Development Myths

Self-help and personal development are big business, but lasting change doesn’t come as quickly and easily as we’ve been led to believe.<p>Would you like to improve your relationships with people? How about adopting better work-life balance? Of course we’d all like to improve some aspect of our lives, …

7 Long-Term Productivity Habits Of The Most Successful People

Most employees are happiest doing rote work, but highly successful people aren’t most employees.<p>One thing uniting the most high-power leaders with the lowest-level workers is time: Day in and day out, we all have the same amount of it. Where the variation comes in is how we use it. Some of the most …

4 strategies for remembering everything you learn

• Knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• Knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kind of skips one of them, which is problematic, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

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