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Great Writing Is Humble

Peter Stamm, author of All Days Are Night, says his work became deeper once he shed some delusions of grandeur.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and …

Top 25 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In 2014, podcasts have resurfaced as a fantastic learning and marketing tool. Podcasts allow experts to bring a variety of ideas and perspectives to the table - plus their format makes them easy to produce and listen to. Podcasts make …

Entrepreneurship

Developing a Writing Plan: How to Write Your Novel or Short Story

Sometimes, as a writer, it’s difficult to think about large, overarching goals when you’re working on a project or planning to start on something …

5 Documentaries Entrepreneurs Should Watch on Netflix After Thanksgiving Dinner | Inc.com

After Thanksgiving dinner, as the food-coma sets in and you suddenly realize the need to capture your extended family's attention--or, let's face it, you need a little "me time"--here are five films you should stream on Netflix.<p>1) <i>Burt's Buzz</i>:<p>This film chronicles the humble beginnings of Burt's …

Entrepreneurship

The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing

Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up …

Bloggers: 6 Free Editing Tools For Better Writing

After hours of researching facts and figures, organizing your notes like crazy, and hammering away at your keyboard, you’re finally done with your …

Want to Write a Book? Consider These 3 Self-Publishing Options.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Self-publishing is no longer for fringe projects. With the mega-success of self-published books such as James Altucher’s <i>Choose Yourself</i> and even the <i>Fifty Shades Of Grey</i> series, self-publishing has gained support and respect worldwide. …

Writing

7 books every writer should read

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot andwrite a lot." — Stephen King<p>To be a good writer is to be a good …

Books

15 Questions Authors Should Ask Characters

We spend a lot of time creating characters. We think about names, where they live, who they love, whether or not they have a phobia or a personality …

How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags

Five years ago I would’ve said I was on my way to becoming a novelist. Today, my novels-in-progress have been shelved, but my short stories have been …

Four Methods for Outlining Your Book

This is the fourth post in my series on the benefits of writing with an outline. In my first post, I listed three reasons why most writers need an …

Creative Writing

A Beginner's Guide to Writing Well

I published a lot of lame posts when I started this blog.<p>Posts like Facebook for Marketing (yawn) or The Importance of Mobile (does anyone need to be …

Creative Writing

20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing

Knowing what separates good writing from bad writing is a challenge that every author faces at one time or another in his or her career. With an …

Creative Writing

How to plot a character-driven story

by Roger<br>(Brazil)<p><b>Question:</b> I recently found out that I am more of a plot driven story teller. Before, when I think of an idea for a story, I tend to …

5 Surefire Strategies for Marketing Your eBook

Recently, a friend asked if I had any foolproof strategies for marketing ebooks. My first response was less than quotable: "Um, no. I just try everything."<p>But, as I looked back at the past year and dug a little deeper into the various marketing strategies I used, I realized that I did, in fact, …

Writing

12 Key Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson<p>As writers, we’re warned early on to avoid the trap of comparison. Each of us has a different path to success—and a …

36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you …

Four writers spill the beans on the habits that make them awesome

It takes more than spelling and grammar to be an effective writer, as these four respected writers explain.<p>Not all jobs are alike, and writing comes …

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Why the Cross?

Image via Wikipedia<p>Today is the day we celebrate the Crucifixion of Christ. In the minds of most unbelievers, celebrating something as bloody as …

Can I Trust the Bible

For a Christian, this is one of the most important questions that can be asked of us. While witnessing to people, the Bible is the Christian’s …

The TLS blog

By ANDREW McCULLOCH<p>Small presses are poetry’s midwives. They are often there, assisting at the birth of great talents. The only poetry Edward Thomas …