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Adam Beach, who plays Slipknot, says the star-studded comic book epic is so dark that castmembers such as Will Smith and Jared Leto are given access to specialist life coach<p>The high-profile cast of pioneering supervillain movie Suicide Squad have been given access to an on-set therapist to help …

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How to Become a Novelist (Part 1): Write a Novel

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting some info on how to become a novelist. Here’s the first, an infodumpographic and general Q&A on the …

Writing

Writing Themes for July

Canada Day is July 1, Independence Day July 4, and Bastille Day July 14. Canada Day celebrates the merging of three colonies into a country, July 4 …

Dream Big: A Message for Writers Everywhere

<i>Intro by Jessica Strawser, Editor of Writer’s Digest</i> <i><br>And now, for something completely different.</i><i>I recently had the amazing opportunity to speak on a</i> …

Why I Became a Writer

"Go to the pain," many writing professionals say.<p>I began writing in solitude, after enduring years of ups and downs as a young musician and wanderer in Oregon, California and Baja Norte, Mexico. A variety of experiences out West broadened my Bronx Puerto Rican working-class perspective, but …

Introducing the Business of Story: Why Story? Why Now?

Park Howell, the founder of ad agency Park & Co. and author and entrepreneur, is joined by guest and long time friend Jay Baer to launch the new …

This Playwright Explains How to Write Great Dialogue

This guest post is by Maggie Sulc. Maggie is a playwright, dramaturg (I had to look that one up), and screenwriter from Texas, Tennessee, and, most …

Double Your Weight Loss With This One Strategy

A new study found people who weighed themselves daily and recorded those results lost more body weight and better maintained that fat loss than those who didn't.<p>The two-year study, conducted at Cornell University and published in the <i>Journal of Obesity</i>, gave 162 overweight participants a lofty goal: …

Here's What It Takes to Become a Professional Travel Photographer

When I was just eight years old I would flip through the pages of National Geographic and imagine being a photographer in Africa. I was captivated by …

A flirtatious fourth-century confession of a young woman’s passion is vivid, sharp and sensual<p>At the time when blossoms<br>Fall from the cherry-tree:<br>On a day when yellow birds<br>Hovered in the branches -<br>You said you must stop,<br>Because your horse was tired:<br>I said I must go,<br>Because my silkworms were …

Literature

A Backpacker's Guide to Months of Travel

By College Tourist; Author: Nicole Darian, University of Iowa<p><b>Purchasing and packing your backpack</b><p>Backpacking: no set route, just buying a one way ticket and seeing where the world leads you. This has been my plan since last summer, and I'm now a month into my post-grad travels that will end …

Photographers show us some of the Most Dangerous High Altitude Photographs – Buckle Up

Totally mind blowing, such high altitudes and one cant imagine how would someone have all the guts to reach to such an extent and clicks these …

Don’t Worry So Much About Whether Your Food Is ‘Processed’

As long as people are eating fruits and vegetables, it’s not that important whether they’re fresh, frozen, or canned.<p>“To say all processed food is bad is a mistake,” said Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, at a session before the …

Processed Food

Lessons from 7 famous authors who hated their job

Today started like every other day. With a blank page.<p>Articles need to be written. To-do lists need to be completed. But still that pesky little cursor stays in the same spot taunting me with his methodical disappearing and re-appearing act.<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the …

Show, Don’t Tell: How to Write the Stages of Grief

by Ruthanne ReidHow do you make your readers cry?I promise this post won’t be a downer. What it will be (hopefully) is really useful advice on how to …

19 Desserts You Have To Eat Before You Die

A little while back, The Huffington Post presented a finely curated list with all the best foods one should eat before they die. Of all the types of bucket lists out there, we think ones involving food are really the most important. That's why we've taken it upon ourselves to delve deeper by …

The Great War on Photographers: A Dispatch From The Trenches

Karl Baden should have known better.<p>I mean, what was he thinking, casually snapping a few pictures as dramatic sunlight broke through the clouds …

How to create "flow" in your writing process

The brilliant psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes the experience of “flow” — of being productive, in the moment, and making rapid progress …

The Necessary Habit You Need Before You Can Write a Book

Every day, someone emails me asking a question about getting published. I try my best to point them in the right direction, but often the advice I …

10 After-Dark Activities to Experience This Summer

Only when the sun goes down can you enjoy some of the best outdoor activities of the summer, and in the cooler night air no less. From stargazing parties to desert garden flashlight tours to evening turtle walks, there's a lot that can be done and enjoyed only at night. Here are 10 must-do evening …

Here's a Picture of the World's Longest Pizza, Try Not to Cry Too Hard

It's ... so ... beautiful.<p>Italians know how to party! Pizza party, that is. (What other kind of party is there, TBH?)<p>Today in Life Is Pretty Alright news, the Associated Press is reporting the world's longest pizza was made today at the Milan Expo 2015 World's Fair. A Guinness Worlds Records judge …

Kevin Feige Says Marvel May Have to Recast Some Superhero Roles

10 tourist traps you should avoid in Italy — and where to go instead

But Italy is big, and it can be overwhelming for first timers, who inevitably, bowled over by choice, fall into overpriced tourist traps.<p>Here are the places you should avoid, and the often cheaper, always more authentic alternatives you should hit instead.<p>If we told you to go see a tilting old …

Study Finds Daily Tracking Improves Chances Of Weight Loss

Why Is This Important?<p>Because your girlfriend’s bathroom scale may actually be your best friend.<p>Long Story Short<p>Men who stepped on the scale to track their weight daily were more likely to lose weight and keep it off. The researchers believe that the daily tracking made subjects more aware of their …

Fitness

40 Winks: 16 Amusing Images of People Napping in Public

Photo by Guido van Nispen<p>Photo by Luca Sartoni<p>Photo by Timothy Krause<p>Photo by Nicolas Alejandro<p>Photo by Ian Livesey<p>Photo by Zuerichs Strassen<p>Photo by …

Size Matters: Your Guide to Healthy Portion Sizes

Peter Ardito<p>The Right Portion Sizes<p>Does squeezing into your workout tights feel like a feat of gymnastics? Before you swear off everything but baby …

3 huge movies at the box office this weekend may lead to a record-breaking month

On the heels of the incredible openings for "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out," The Wrap is reporting that with "Ted 2" in the mix, June 2015 might become the highest-grossing month in box office history.<p>June has earned $920 million to date, according to Rentrak from The Wrap story, and if …

8 Ways To Eat Out And Be Healthy Without Annoying Everyone Around You

We've all shared a meal with The Health Nut at some point or another. You know, the one who orders something with 23 substitutions, asks for something that isn't on the menu, or takes three bites of her dry salad before announcing that she's stuffed.<p>Wait, does that sound like you? Sure, your clean …

Nutrition

Film,Culture,Spider-Man,Marvel,Comics and graphic novels,Books,Superhero movies,Sony Pictures,Andrew Garfield,The Amazing Spider-Man,The Amazing Spider-Man 2<p>Britain’s Tom Holland will hope to usher in a new era of multi-studio superhero movies as the new Peter Parker, but should producers have …

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