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6 Modern Poets Share Their Favorite Poems

It’s always fascinating to learn about who or what inspires an artist, like learning your favorite singer’s own favorite singer, or the books your favorite author likes to read. Not only do you learn a little bit more about them, but it also exposes you to a new artist you just might love too. …

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we’ve been right on course with David Ogilvy’s 10 no-nonsense tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great writers.<p>Now comes Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel laureate <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, …

Author Reza Aslan reveals 5 pieces of writing that changed his life - Vox

We spoke to Aslan about his influences, his new talk show, and why truly great writing is so rare.<p>Reza Aslan loves writing.<p>That might seem like an obvious thing to say about a writer who's known for several approachable but scholarly nonfiction works about religion, including <i>Zealot</i> and <i>No god but …

Six YA Books to Add to Your Required Summer Reading List

I'm a grown-ass woman whose truest pleasure is staying up too late reading under the covers, but all too often I find myself slogging through criticism and canonical books I never got around to finishing freshman year of college. (No joke, I've been reading Virginia Woolf's Orlando since 2009.) I …

20 Websites Every Girl Should Bookmark

We've rounded up our favorite go-to pages.<p><b>FASHION</b><p><b>Bib + Tuck</b><b>:</b> Sell (or bib) your clothes and shop (or tuck) a curated collection of personal closets.<p><b>Gabifresh:</b> As Gabi's slogan goes, "If you love fashion but you're sick of being told to wear A-line skirts, wrap dresses, boot cut jeans, and slimming …

Employment

A “Dynamic Interaction”: Leo Buscaglia on Why Love Is a Learned Language

Love might be one of the most quintessential capacities of the human condition. And yet, for all our poetic contemplation, psycho-scientific dissection, and anthropological exploration of it, we greatly underestimate the extent to which this baseline capacity — much like those for language, motion, …

How to Survive a Breakup with a Non-Boyfriend

You weren't technically dating, but that doesn't make things any easier.<p>Boy meets girl. The chemistry is undeniable—you think about him constantly, and every text sends your heart aflutter. But that's where the classic love story ends. For whatever reason, it doesn't work out. Things are over, even …

Peter Reynolds, Picture Book Master, Talks to The Book Doctors about Books, Kids, Writing, Twins and How to Get Published Successfully

We met Peter Reynolds at the New England Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, when he gave one of the best talks we ever heard. Whimsical yet serious, passionate yet jovial, wise yet curious, Mister Reynolds was everything you'd want in a wildly successful picture book …

Writing

Reflecting on 20 Years of The Giver

<i>This post is also the foreward for the latest edition of</i> The Giver.<p>Twenty years? No kidding: <i>twenty years</i>? It's hard to believe.<p>Twenty years ago, I was -- well, I was much younger. My parents were still alive. Two of my grandchildren had not yet been born, and another one, now in college, was an …

Books

C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing

<i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> the late and great Maurice Sendak said in his final interview. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i> J.R.R. Tolkien had memorably articulated the same sentiment seven decades earlier, in asserting that there is no such thing as writing “for children,” …

Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

Van Morrison once characterized <b>Bob Dylan</b> (b. May 24, 1941) as the greatest living poet. And since poetry, per Muriel Rukeyser’s beautiful definition, is an art that relies on the “moving relation between individual consciousness and the world,” to glimpse Dylan’s poetic prowess is to grasp at once …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

Wheel of emotions poster for writers

Related Articles<p>A while ago I shared one of these on Twitter and recommending printing it out and putting it near the desk; somebody asked “do you …

Writing

Alice Hoffman: Five amazing tips to help you write your novel

Want to write an acclaimed best-seller? Follow these specific sensory tips and it will all be easier<p>1. Start with an image, perhaps a full moon, or a girl wearing a hooded sweat shirt running across the parkway, or two deer on the grass, startled by a sudden movement. It can be something you saw or …

19 Incredible Tips On Life That You Will Cherish Forever

Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What are your top life hacks? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread. Thank you …

Artist Turns Everyday Sayings Into Clever Pun Illustrations

Nabhan Abdullatif is a professional Oman-based graphic designer and illustrator who specializes in conceptual illustration and vector art. He is …

9 Funspirational Commencement Speeches

Graduation tends to pass in a big, fat blur of relatives, traditions, dinners and parties – like all allegedly Big Days in our lives, we get …

Commencement Speakers Have Two Words Of Advice For The Class Of 2014: 'Choose Love'

"You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world, and as you walk through those doors today, you will only have two choices: love or fear," Jim Carrey said during his commencement address at the Maharishi School of Management in Fairfield, Iowa on May 24. "Choose love, and don’t ever …

Screenwriter Tips for Novelists: Writing Dialogue

As a screenwriter, I had no choice but to learn a thing or fifty about writing dialogue. Scripts are 50% dialogue. The other half is physical action. …

Two Pieces of Advice From 'Harry Potter' I Want My Classmates to Know

<i>I graduated from Childersburg High School in Childersburg, AL, on May 22, 2014, at 7 pm. As the salutatorian of my graduating class, I was given the honor of delivering a commencement address at my graduation ceremony. The speech, available below, contains two pieces of advice from my favorite book</i> …

Harry Potter

3 Reasons God Is Silent

You know how it feels.<p>You’ve trudged up a lonely mountain, sat cross-legged for five hours with a Bible in your lap and prayed intently for answers …

20 Habits to Quit In the Next Year

A few things to sweep out of your regular routineWho knows where we pick up bad habits? They rarely seem like good ideas the first time we do them. …

10 Habits Of Emotionally Resilient People

Ever notice how some people are stressed during transitions while others can just roll with the punches? It all comes down to emotional resilience. …

8 Life Lessons Every Adult Can Learn From Famous Author Commencement Speeches

Advice served plainly, rather than wrapped up in plot and metaphor, is often what's delivered when great writers are asked to give commencement speeches at universities. These earnest talks about what young people should and shouldn't value can offer a straightforward look at writers' philosophies …

21 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Writing: Must-Read Advice for Writers at All Levels

<i>By Robin Black</i><p><i>Offered in the hope of sparing others some of the bumps and bad moments I have experienced over the past thirteen years. . .</i><p>1. …

20 Things I Wish I'd Known in My Late Twenties

Truth be told … I didn’t want to write this.<p>Oh, I know. List-y essays are all the rage. That’s partly why I balked. The non-conformist in me.<p>See, my …

Self-help

Why Read Poetry?

Read poetry because of the times you have stopped to look at rain fall through the light of a street lamp and wished you knew the words that made it what it was. Read poetry because you are lonely and full of wild abandon. Read poetry so when you are no longer lonely and are wrapping your arms and …