John Spaedt

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How to Be a Better, More Efficient Editor of Your Own Writing

We need to edit our own writing — even if we have real editors — but we don’t have to take all day on it.Ideally, behind every great writer is an …

6 Brilliant Questions You Should Ask Before Accepting That Job Offer

Are you really sure that company or boss is the right one for you? Ask these questions to be absolutely sure.<p>A typical interview cycle can sometimes last up to several weeks. A recruiter screens you, followed by an interrogation-style panel interview a week or two later; background checks, …

How to Improve Your Grammar as a Writer

Grammar invokes passion. For some grammar sticklers, seeing a comma or apostrophe missing, or a sentence without subject-verb agreement, can make …

A Framework That Will Help You Tell Amazing Stories

There is a class of entertainment that is underrated, in spite of its external success: stories about telling stories. Hit shows like <i>How I Met Your</i> …

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to your face. You talk to it. It talks to you. But no words are said. You say things in your head, like "what street am I on," and it reads the signals your brain …

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How plotting will make you a better writer

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been too keen on plotting. I was always concerned that it would take out the spontaneity of writing, something I truly …

Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives …

Old Italian Meat Sauce Recipe

"A robust hearty Italian meat and mushroom pasta sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta, if desired."<p>Ingredients<p>2 pounds lean ground beef<p>1 pound …

How to write a short story collection: A six-week creative writing course | The Guardian Members

<b>Led by acclaimed writer Alba Arikha over six consecutive weeks, this course will give you the creative inspiration and technical skills to start working on a short story collection.</b><p>The world of a short story may be more condensed than the world of a novel, but its emotional impact can be as …

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Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died -- and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

• <b>Stephen Hawking is named as coauthor on a paper submitted March 4 – 10 days before he died.</b>• <b><br>It sets out a way of testing whether other universes are</b> …

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5 easy tips to quickly help you become a better writer

So you have just started writing and you have your eyes set on your name being mentioned in the same sentence as the great writers of old. That is …

Creative Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Writing Habit (That Sticks Like Superglue)

You <i>know</i> you need to write often to have a successful writing career.<p>You <i>want</i> to build a writing habit so you can unleash the ideas, words, and stories …

Creative Writing

This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working on Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Tortellini Is Here to Save Dinner

Stuck in a cooking rut? Forgot to meal plan? Thinking of ordering takeout? Not so fast — this one-skillet chicken with tortellini is here to save …

Your Tuna Sandwich Has Been Waiting Its Whole Life For Green Goddess Dressing

You're a goddess, so eat like one.<p>I've never loved tuna sandwiches because all tuna, even really expensive tuna, is dry AF. But it’s a good source of protein that can be truly delicious as long as you use it right. For this tuna sandwich recipe, I decided to add a Green Goddess dressing that you …

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4 Ways To Simplify Your Writing Process

You can make it hard for yourself, or you can make it simple.<p>I used to have very specific expectations of my articles. They all needed to be of the …

Creative Writing

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Getting an MFA is admirable and useful, but it's also incredibly time-consuming and costly. There are other ways to get a similar education to start …

The Greatest Crime Novelists on Their Favorite Crime Novels Ever

Who better to ask for book recommendations than some of the best people in the game? GQ asked our favorite crime writers to tell us about the books that have haunted them, inspired them, and made their own work a little more thrilling. Their answers run the gamut from canonical classics to lesser …

23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, …

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

The Best Modern Philosophy Books

<b>We’ve now explored both the most important philosophy books as well as the best philosophy books for beginners, however – naturally these lists are</b> …

18 new science fiction and fantasy books to read this February

Visit distant planets, conspiracies, and galactic conflicts<p>I’m not really one for New Years resolutions, but according to my Goodreads challenge, I only read 50 books last year — three short of my intended goal. I’ve been working to balance work, life, and reading time over the last couple of …

Buffalo Cauliflower Is a Surprisingly Great Wing Substitute

The cauliflower tastes so much like boneless chicken wings, it's unreal.<p>Two foods that I rarely make at home but <i>always</i> order at restaurants are chicken wings and wedge salads. Everything I thought about both dishes changed when I made a <b>Buffalo cauliflower wedge salad</b>.<p>It jumped out at me in the …

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15 Terrifying Horror Movies That'll Ruin Your Sleep In 2018

Get excited<p>So far 2018 isn't showing many signs of being much better than 2017, but the good news is you'll have plenty of opportunities this year to escape the horrors of the real world with the horrors of cinema. Read on a for a list of some of the scariest movies hitting cinemas in the coming …

36 Writing Tips to Help You Write Like the Pros

These 10 minutes will help you become a better writer forever<p>As a blogger, writing is no doubt an integral part of your life. Be it fiction, or …

Creative Writing

Mike Brooks’ Keiko trilogy is the perfect read for fans who miss Firefly and Dark Matter

Crime and spaceships<p>If you’re a fan of TV shows about wayward starship crews taking on whatever job will keep them flying, you might be suffering though a dry spell right now, since shows like <i>Firefly</i>, <i>Farscape</i>, and <i>Dark Matter</i> are no longer running. But Mike Brooks’ <i>Keiko</i> novels could help fill the …

What Actually Is Bitcoin? Princeton’s Free Course “Bitcoin and Currency Technologies” Provides Much-Needed Answers

"Don't Understand Bitcoin?" asked the headline of a recent video from Clickhole, the <i>Onion</i>'s viral-media parody site. "This Man Will Mumble an …

7 Online Writing Workshops That Will Help You Write Your Novel In The New Year

So you want to "write more" in the new year. But now that the new year is nearly upon us, you're starting to spiral into a writerly panic. How will …

11 Essential Books On Writing, Based On The Genre You Want To Write

If you're an aspiring writer, you know that you have to read all kinds of books in order to hone your technique, but sometimes it might seem as if …

Creative Writing