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Beastly Verse: From Lewis Carroll to William Blake, Beloved Poems About Animals in Vibrant and Unusual Illustrations

“Stories are a meal. But poetry is a glass of water, perhaps even a single drop that will save your life.”<p>Half a century after <i>Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls</i>, legendary artist Tomi Ungerer’s illustrated compendium of famous authors’ verses about brothers and sisters, another singular illustrator of …

A Book Buyer’s Lament

Bookstores have become places of regret and shame. We once enjoyed shopping in them or simply looking in their windows, back in the days when they were ordinary retail establishments. They were like stores that sold shoes or hats, but with more appealing merchandise. Now they’ve taken on moral …

This Publisher Is Only Releasing Books by Women

Even at the most progressive colleges and universities, the average English lit class syllabus is usually dominated by white male authors. Meanwhile, works by women and writers of color are typically relegated to specialty elective classes. One publisher is seeking to change that. And Other Stories …

Writing

20 Expert Tips for Becoming a Website Copywriting Pro

When was the last time you gave your website text some love and made some improvements – your headlines and call-to-actions in particular? Making …

The new platform luring readers into short fiction

Manchester’s Comma Press has launched MacGuffin, which not only allows authors to self-publish in text and audio, but also gives detailed analytics showing when readers get bored<p>It remains one of the paradoxes of publishing that while the popularity of essays and shortform writing (or longform …

Popular Book Creator app now available on Windows for free

The following post is an excerpt from a press release by Red Jumper, the team behind Book Creator, a popular classroom app that allows students and …

Craft an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

Time for Day 2 of this 8-part series on blogging. Yesterday, I shared why bloggers should create a niche for their blogs. Today, I’m going to cover …

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5 Awesome Books Featuring Dinosaurs

With <i>Jurassic World</i> finally crushing box office records beneath its apex-predator feet, I figured I’d let you in on a fact about me: I <i>love</i> dinosaurs, …

Writing a Book? How to Know When to Stop Editing and Move On

You’ve done it: written a novel, revised it, sought outside opinions and revised some more. Maybe your magnum opus has gone through endless …

Our favorite pro writing app for Mac

There are a lot of great options available in this golden age of writing applications for the Mac, but we believe that none of them are as finely …

How Many Hours Does it Take to Write a Novel?

by Andrew Shantos<p><b>Here’s the short answer: 736.</b><p>Well, for mine anyhow, from inception to publication. At 77,270 words, that’s a little under 105 words …

What's in Your Creative Writing Notebook?

This is my favorite writing notebook.<p>I’ve been collecting writing notebooks and journals since I was a teenager. Most writers I know tend to …

Creative Writing

Create a Niche for Your Blog

Over the years, I’ve found a great deal of success through my blogging efforts, whether with my Poetic Asides blog on poetry or my more personal My …

How to Use a Simple Pocket Notebook to Improve Your Life

It’s really hard to believe, but I have to say that one of the most—and possibly <i>the</i> most—profound changes I’ve made in my life over the last several …

Productivity

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 …

Write Excellent Copy By Learning From Masters

Write Excellent Copy By Learning From The Masters<p>Being a good writer isn’t just about perfect spelling or correct grammar, though they are important, …

Design Inspiration & Ideas from Envato

As New York Fashion Week opens for 2018, we’re taking a look at the best Premiere Pro templates for fashion …<p>As New York Fashion Week opens for 2018, …

Fashion Week

James Salter in The New Yorker

The writer James Salter died on Friday in Sag Harbor, New York. He was ninety years old. Perhaps best known for his 1967 novel, “A Sport and a Pastime,” he had a reputation, as Nick Paumgarten wrote in a 2013 Profile of Salter, “as a writer’s writer, or, as John Ashbery once said of Elizabeth …

Have You Written A “Good” Short Story?

New fiction writers often ask me to tell them whether their short story is “good”. In response, I ask them how the story makes them feel. Did they …

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>Hate spammy ICOs and crappy cryptocurrencies?So do …

The Shakespeare Algorithm

In 1727, a writer and editor named Lewis Theobald was preparing to unveil “Double Falsehood,” a tragicomedy that he said was based on manuscripts of a lost play by Shakespeare. “The good old Master of the English Drama is by a kind of Miracle recall’d from his Grave, and given to us once again,” …

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

As a novelist who continues to be a practitioner of the art of fiction in the last years of my eighth decade, I have been asked repeatedly how one can avoid the memory blocks that so often plague older people.<p>Memory is the key to novel writing. Preserving a career in novel writing into one's …

What to Write About To Get The Audience You’ve Dreamed Of

Have you ever thought you nailed a piece of writing?But no one seemed to care.No one shared it.No one commented on it.And you wonder why.If you write …

Cold Sesame Noodles, An Old Chinese favorite

These cold sesame noodles are quick and easy to make, especially if you make a bigger batch of the sauce and store it in a jar in your refrigerator. …

cold soba noodle salad with raw veggie noodles + a spicy sunflower seed sauce

A Legendary Copywriting Formula 4 U [PODCAST]

This simple formula will help you delight readers and attract qualified customers… every time. Image by J. Pellgen via Flickr.In this episode of the …

Why the grain bowl is your easy, budget-friendly, healthy dinner solution

I love dining on a buffet of items like vegetables, cheeses and nuts, and can make a whole meal out of foods I like to graze on. That's why the trend of grain bowls is right up my alley. To me, there is nothing better than digging a spoon into a deep dish full of my favorite flavors and …

Using Tricks From Other Writers

Even after 20 years as a journalist and three published novels, I still get stuck; my crappy first drafts still fill me with despair; I’m still …

Creative Writing

Unseen papers reveal Ted Hughes's 'funny, loyal and affectionate' side

Extensive correspondence, due to be auctioned later this month, shows a humorous, tender man - very different from the popular image of the late poet laureate<p>Penning a teasing poem for an old friend who was turning 50 and promising jovially that he has no plans to “ease off” on his own writing, an …