James Commins

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Why Writing In a Series Will Make You More Money As A Writer

<b>Writing in a series helps you write faster, satisfy more readers and make more money as an author – whether you write fiction or non-fiction.</b> In this …

Writing

Awesome Pictures Of Japan By Night

<b>Naohiro Yako</b> is a photographer, illustrator and director based in Japan. He captures, at night, the streets and all the details of the cities of <b>Tokyo</b> …

How to tackle London's 10 best museums – from 'secret' exhibits to dodging the crowds

Planning a trip to one of London's museum heavyweights? Already hyperventilating at the thought of having to contend with selfie-snapping tourists and rambunctious school groups? Look no further than Telegraph Travel's guide to how to visit London's best museums like a pro. Here you'll find the …

Purpose of a Scene in a Novel

A great scene makes your reader feel an emotion.What Is A Scene?A scene is a section of your novel where a character or characters engage in action …

Night-time, neon and backstreet bars: an Instagram journey through Tokyo

In high-rise, hi-tech Tokyo, photographer RK finds pockets where the old-style city peeks through the neon-lit towers – and characters from galaxies far, far away

Japan

Should You Write What You Know? 31 Authors Weigh In

<i>Write what you know.</i> Everyone who has ever taken a writing class or read a craft book has heard this piece of writing advice—even if only to have it …

Creative Writing

Tracing the roots of Araki’s obsession with the erotic image

Dubbed Japan’s most-controversial photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki has, for nearly half a century, pushed the boundaries of respectability to near-buckling point – and beyond.<p>A new retrospective exhibition co-curated by Maggie Mustard and Mark Snyder at New York’s Museum of Sex celebrates the …

X-Files Photoshoot From The 90’s Is Going Viral Again, And It’s Super Weird Even For The 2018 Standards

90’s were the time when everyone went crazy for Tamagotchis, guys sported frosted tips, and denim ruled everyone’s wardrobes. It was also the time …

Books

Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie - Shots and Scenes

Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie – Shots and Scenes<p>We’ve all been brought up with movies. And movies have evolved entertainment. Between them and …

Writing

Do Your Characters Talk too Much? When to Use Indirect Dialogue

Shares 215<p>…and How to Solve 9 Common Dialogue Problems.<p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>I’ve been looking over some of my much-rejected early work and discovered my …

Creative Writing

How to Develop Situational Awareness | The Art of Manliness

There’s a scene at the beginning of <i>The Bourne Identity</i> where the film’s protagonist is sitting in a diner, trying to figure out who he is and why he …

Self Defense

This Documentary Will Satisfy Your Curiosity About Daido Moriyama

<i>This documentary on Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama should be on your photography-related playlist.</i><p>Daido Moriyama has long been an iconic figure …

Street Photography

3 Ways to Make the Writing Process More Authentic

In an article, “Why Kids Can’t Write” published in the New York Times, a study of almost 500 teachers of 3rd- 8th grade by Gary Troia of Michigan …

Teaching

The 2 Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Character

What is the only thing that truly matters in fiction? Unforgettable character. Create this, and the reader will follow you anywhere. So long as the …

Books

This Photographer Photographs Women Like No One Else, And The Result Is Straight From A Fairy Tale

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this instance, a picture is worth a fairytale.<p>Bella Kotak is a fine art photographer from London, UK. …

Photography

Let Your Characters Speak: 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue

As an editor, I often come across books that tell a compelling story but are marred through unconvincing or monotonous dialogue. Dialogue can be a …

Creative Writing

5 Easy Ways to Write an Irresistible Introduction

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how …

Alfred Hitchcock

Why Your Story Conflict Isn’t Working (And How to Fix It)

Conflict is one of those aspects of writing that has caused more than its fair share of writer frustrations. Like many writers, I’ve spent countless …

Creative Writing

5 Essentials of a First Chapter

by Susan May Warren, @SusanMayWarren<br>There are a lot of checklists for building a first chapter, and sometimes they can get overwhelming. Over at My …

National Parks

How to Be a Gentleman From Head to Toe: The Anatomy of Etiquette | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: There are a lot of ways to categorize the rules of etiquette: business, dinner, conversational, and so on. One of my favorite old</i> …

European Travel

SHOULD You Create Your Own Book Cover?

A few months ago the lovely Laura Drake emailed me and said “I’ve got this book coming up, what do you think of the cover I am designing for it?”<p>Ooh, …

How to write fantasy series: Do’s and Don’ts

Fantasy series such as George R. R. Martin’s <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> and Rowling’s bestselling <i>Harry Potter</i> series still win over new generations of …

Books

What Is an Unreliable Narrator and How Can I Identify One?

How to Recognize and Create an Unreliable Narrator<p>Trust Issues With the Narrator Character<p>Updated November 10, 2017<p>In fiction, as in life, the …

Creative Writing

5 Weird Things I Learned After My Near Death Experience

In 2013, I was drunkenly farting about with my friends when I fell awkwardly. Fortunately, it was from the floor straight onto a couch -- one of the …

Weird

Fine Art Portrait Photography by Alex Di Cicco

<b>Alex Di Cicco</b> is a talented photographer, digital artist and educator who was born in London and currently lives and works in Castelforte, Latina, …

Photography

I Published My Debut Novel to Critical Acclaim—and Then I Promptly Went Broke

On the dark side of literary fame.<p>Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid authors came out last month. My name's not on it and it probably never will be. My name is, however, on a $786 utility bill that just arrived in the mail. Summer in Texas is expensive, even when you set the thermostat at 85 …

‘Child pornography’: US photographer’s exhibition in Moscow closes after controversy, protests

An exhibition by US photographer Jock Sturges, best known for his works featuring teenage nudity, has been shut down in Moscow after some protesters …