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Brief Moments In Briefs: 5 Pairs of Iconic Film Underwear

1 of 20<p>Sigourney Weaver in "Alien"<p>When Sigourney Weaver was working on the space shuttle in her underwear, I felt that.<p>2 of 20<p>3 of 20<p>4 of 20<p>Molly …

Tom Cruise

Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

Writing is not a sexy business. It’s not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It’s frustrating, and it’s lonely, and for most people, it doesn’t pay.<p>But one genre consistently makes it work. Romance writers who …

Creative Writing

Just Write 500 Words

Before sitting down to write this, I: washed dishes, scrubbed down my stovetop, took out the garbage and recycling, put new bags in the garbage and …

In Praise of the Crummy First Draft

on Mar 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments<p>Have you ever been so excited to start writing a particular piece, only to be deflated and discouraged by the …

7 Brilliant Life Hacks You Can Only Learn In Therapy

Everyone loves a good life hack — especially when it seems like something you can only learn in therapy — because therapists have a way of helping …

The Most Disturbing Movies of All Time9. <em>Requiem for a Dream</em> (2000)

<b>Director:</b> Darren Aronofsky<p>Being perhaps the most grounded, and therefore horrifying, depiction of drug addition to ever be put on film, <i>Requiem for a</i> …

120+ Stephen King Short Stories and Where to Find Them

That’s right. 120 Stephen King short stories, and then some.One. Two. Zero.Stephen King, who is as well known for his prodigiously prolific output of …

on writing and publishing and paths

I would hope it’s not necessary but I would like to say that all statements herein are one writer’s opinion/journey/thoughts/observations (that is,</i> …

Tone (In Writing) Definition and Examples

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>In composition, <i>tone</i> is the expression of a writer's attitude toward subject, audience, and self.<p>Tone is …

Language

Definition and Examples of Paragraphing in Essays

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Paragraphing is the practice of dividing a text into paragraphs. The purpose of paragraphing is to signal …

What I Learned From Binge-Writing Nine Bad Novels

This year, I will write my tenth terrible novel. I do this every November; it's part of the NaNoWriMo tradition. I've never published these novels, …

Writing

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Some of you <i>may</i> have noticed that the esteemed Mr. Gaiman is my favorite living author. Even if he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s hard not to …

Creative Writing

The 50 Best Movie Posters Ever

Sometimes, one sheet is all it takes to pique your interest in a film: a dazzling color scheme, a clever concept, an arresting image. Film posters …

10 Famous Writers And Their Daily Creative Routines

As a writer I’m always interested in hearing the routines of other creatives. Some firmly believe in waking at dawn and working throughout the …

Write an Attention-Grabbing Opening Sentence for an Essay

You can think of the first sentence of your essay as you would a fishing hook. It grabs your reader and allows you reel the person into your essay …

Creative Writing

David Sedaris Breaks Down His Writing Process: Keep a Diary, Carry a Notebook, Read Out Loud, Abandon Hope

When did you first hear David Sedaris? Normally in the case of a writer, let alone one of the most famous and successful writers alive, the question …

Los Angeles

Are Your Writing Habits Beach Ready? Writing in the Summer

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t have to prep myself to write at the beach. Mountains? Yes. Forest? Yes. Beach? Please, no.<br>But I do have to …

Writing

‘The female experience is not really something I can identify with’

Sarah Perry discusses faith, writing, gender and illness as more than a metaphor<p>Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 19:00 Updated: Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 19:13<p>It is …

Sarah Hall: ‘Short stories are a place for dark psychology’

The novelist on writing about sex, her turbulent home life and why short stories are particularly hard to craft<p><b>The Booker-shortlisted author is known for her sharp focus on wild landscapes and the natural world, winning fans with The Electric Michelangelo and</b> <b>The Wolf Border</b><b>. But her latest</b> …

Books

Watch The Explosive Trailer For The New Teen X-Men Series

Following the critical success of FX's <i>Legion</i>, Fox is launching its next <i>X-Men</i> series later this year. Set in the <i>X-Men</i> cinematic universe, <i>The Gifted</i> …

Petina Gappah: ‘I was a lawyer, but I forced myself to write before I went to work’

The author on her mini-life crisis, her ‘white whale’ novel and dreams of yoga on a veranda in the mountains<p>My ideal writing day involves getting up at five in the morning. I feed my two dogs, jack russell–maltese crosses, then do my daily 40 minutes of yoga on the veranda of my cottage overlooking …

‘I’m at my desk by 9am. I even write on Christmas Day’

Michael Bond, author of the Paddington stories, on living in London and listening in to other people’s conversations<p>I have been writing every day of my life, seven days a week, for almost 50 years. Even Christmas Day. But I still enjoy it. I have lived in the same house for the last 30 years and I …

Director Denis Villeneuve on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Pressures, Why ‘Dune’ Is the ‘Project of His Life’

Director Denis Villeneuve says he’s been in two “parallel universes” the last several months, promoting his Oscar-nominated film “Arrival” and …

Flying Lotus reacts to walkouts at Kuso's Sundance screening: 'I tried to warn folks'

Musician’s first feature-length film prompted some to leave screening due to its graphic content, with one site calling it the ‘grossest movie ever made’<p>Electronica star turned film-maker Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) says he tried to warn people about the nature of his first feature-length film …

Film Festivals

21 Fantasy Debuts We Can't Wait to Read in 2017

Last week we told you about 19 science fiction debut novels coming this year that are currently scaling the peaks of Mount TBR. Today, we’re doing …

How to Build a Memory Palace

Can I have multiple mind palaces that have a few similar items in them?<p>wikiHow Contributor<p>Of course, your mind palace is designed and created by you, …

Emma Donoghue: ‘I have only from 8.30am to 3.30pm to work. It’s a very healthy discipline’

The author on her ‘regime’, research and adapting her work for the screen<p>When I was a child I had some strange ideas about what being a writer entailed. My dad is a literary critic, who has written many more books than I have. He somehow fitted them all into his teaching life and so, apparently …

Books

FAQ

<b>What made you decide to become a writer?</b><br>I think from reading. My favorite authors became my heroes, and I wanted to be like them.<p><b>How do get the ideas</b> …

Are You Over-Thinking Your First Draft?

First drafts are our agony and our ecstasy. This is where our glistening ideas spill onto the page. This is where we get to play around with our …

How to Write with Substance

Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words.<p>Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication …