Kathleen Fagan

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12 Contemporary Writers on How They Revise

“Writing is rewriting,” says everyone all the time. But what they don’t say, necessarily, is <i>how</i>. Yesterday, Tor pointed me in the direction of this …

Break Writer’s Block With This Fun App

We’ve all been there, staring at the computer screen waiting for inspiration to strike, getting more and more frustrated that nothing’s coming to …

homemade irish cream

Look, we all have to draw the line somewhere. I have over the years insisted that making some things from scratch were just crazy, best left to …

Recipes

Why writing a miserably bad first draft is essential

My library of books about writing expands every year, but no author has shaped and affirmed my writing process like Anne Lamott.<p>In “Bird by Bird,” …

Creative Writing

25 Stress-Free Christmas Dinner Recipes

A stress-free Christmas dinner? Easy peasy. From roast beef tenderloin with red wine sauce to rum cake, these tested and perfected recipes won't let you down -- and many of them can be made ahead of time so you can relax on the big day. Merry Christmas!<p><b>1. Roast Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine …

2016 E-Reader Comparison Guide

Amazon's Kindle line dominates this space, but there are still quality options from other manufacturers. In this comparison, we've included all the …

8 ways to reinvigorate your bedroom for under $50

Who doesn't love a good home upgrade hack that won't break the bank? Well we're always massive fans of anything you can do to make your home look …

Home Decorating

Get Your Damn Novel Written Already! Three Critical Rules

This post doesn’t have anything that is new. It just cuts to the chase and lets you in on the bare essentials of writing.<p>First things first….there …

Shopping Sources for the Perfect Mix of Moody & Vintage

If moody colors and a thoughtful mix of vintage and modern are your thing, look no further than Arielle's historic Richmond, Virginia home. Check out …

5 Things You Really Don't Need to Buy New this Thanksgiving

Hosting the biggest dinner of the year can come with a ton of pressure. Especially if it's your first time hosting, you may be feeling the urge to …

Decorations

The 50 best decorating tips of all time (part two)

Yesterday, we promised you 25 more interior designer-approved decorating tips and we rarely disappoint.<p>If you thought the first batch was good, just …

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

<i>Stupid writing rules–Beware the Dunning-Kruger Effect.</i><p><b>by Anne R. Allen</b><p>Fake news isn’t our only problem in the era of social media. Fake writing rules …

Writing

Interior Design Ideas, Redecorating & Remodeling Photos

This white brick shaped ceramic metro tile is perfect for refreshing a bathroom or kitchen wall. Use it to create a splashback behind a cooker, sink …

Yank Your Reader Into Your Story With a Great Opening Line

My mission as a book coach is to help writers write the best books they can, which means paying attention to:• the macro elements (the story or …

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised<p>You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books …

Text Messaging

Write, Then Write Some More: Writing Tips From 29 Authors

If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with your favorite author, grab him or her by the shoulders, and ask <i>How?</i>, you’re not alone.<p>Plenty of people want to know exactly how authors do it — grind through the doubt, become inspired, write, get published, and start all over again. In fact, so many people …

7 Ways to Improve Your Writing, According to Experts

Sometimes you don’t know what you want to say. Other times you don’t know the right way to say it. And very often you can’t get your butt in the …

What Every Indie Author Needs to Know About E-Books

The e-book landscape is shifting and authors who stay current will find rich opportunities.<p>It has never been easier to publish your own e-book. The …

These Great Works of Literature Hold the Key to Successful Business Leadership

Great books teach context, originality, creativity, passion, bone-deep ethics, and meaning.<p>Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his book <i>Good Business</i>, talks about the importance of "flow" (centeredness) in an effective businessman. He states, "At its most fulfilling a career in business involves a series of …

Why Queer Retellings of Classic Stories Are So Necessary

Queer retellings of stories are a reminder that the classics don't just belong to straight white guys—they belong to the LGBTQ community, too.<p>If it's true that, as Christopher Booker wrote, there are only seven plots reiterated throughout fiction, it should come as no surprise that every year's …

10 Things for Writers This Week

<i>An ultimate guide to writing advice, a promising new app for readers, and swoon-worthy office supplies…</i><p>Hey there, happy Sunday!<p>Here are 10 things for …

10 genius ways to use every inch of space in your home

Whether you live in a compact one-room home or a large luxurious mansion, you are going to want to get the most out of your space. Remodelling your …

This Is How To Improve Your Writing: 7 Easy Expert Secrets

Sometimes you don’t know what you want to say. Other times you don’t know the right way to say it. And very often you can’t get your butt in the …

Creative Writing