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The Best Way to Raise Your Erotic IQ | Men's Health

sther Perel wants to improve your sex life. So listen to her.<p>Her lucid insights fill two books (her classic, <i>Mating in Captivity</i>, and her hot new one, <i>The State of Affairs</i>, out Oct. 10), mesmerizing TED Talks, and a voyeuristic new podcast (Where Should We Begin?) featuring her real couples-therapy …

12 Pieces Of Modern Poetry That Will Make You Deadass Cry If You've Ever Been In A Relationship

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13 Successful People on the Books That Changed Their Lives

Get these on your shelf now.<p>Need a book recommendation for a young, out-of-work, or fledgling wild-card on your Christmas list? Or some words of …

20 Pieces of Writing Advice from William Faulkner

William Faulkner is one of the best writers America has ever produced, with a distinctive voice and a relentless intelligence that earned him a Nobel …

How to Recognize When Someone Is Talking Rot, and Other Advice Harvard First-Year Students Just Heard | Inc.com

Expect to be wrong, and learn to recognize when someone is talking rot.<p>Those are two pieces of advice that 1,702 first-year students heard this week as they started their Harvard careers in Cambridge, Massachusetts.<p>They aren't exactly the most cerebral of takeaways, but they are two of the most …

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The Purpose of Being a Writer Is Not to Express Oneself

The purpose of being a serious writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something beautiful, though one might do those things anyway. …

Writing

Effortless copywriting (and why it takes sooooo much effort to get it right)

Why do people fancy Ryan Gosling? Apart from his impeccable suits, flawlessly rumpled hair and eyes that make your leg bones feel like chewed ham, …

We Mean Business: Twelve Agents Who Want to Read Your Work

To say there are a lot of literary agents out there is an understatement—almost like saying there are a lot of writers looking for an agent (but not …

Don’t Talk About Your Book Until It’s Published

When I was a graduate student working in the philosophy department at Rutgers University, an old academic offered some advice: “don’t talk about your …

Writing

Get a Crash Course in Writing from 20 Journalists

I only remember one practical writing lesson from my three years as an English major: Whenever you can, put the best bits at the end of the sentence. …

Agent Advice: The Complete Series

The industry’s best and brightest agents respond directly to readers’ questions in this regular column dating back to 2010. To submit a question for …

20 Books Billionaire Bill Gates Recommends

Get a jump on your summer reading list with these suggestions from the billionaire and philanthropist.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>This week, Bill Gates took to Twitter to provide some advice to the graduating class of 2017.<p>Gates exhorted the new grads to …

Shay Mitchell's High-Waisted Swimsuit Is Igniting Something in All of Us

Everyone who's anyone was in the desert this weekend—<b>Shay Mitchell</b> included.<p>And while there, the <i>Pretty Little Liars</i> actress hit up Revolve's epic …

Nicole Kidman on the Triumph of Women in the Big Little Lies Finale

HBO viewers eagerly tuned in for the <i>Big Little Lies</i> finale on Sunday night, desperate to find out who got killed and whodunnit. The abusive …

The Rise of Roxane Gay

In the world of writers—and specifically the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in DC—Roxane Gay is a rock star. People stop in …

Books

Starting Your Writing Career: Become A Published Author In Six Steps

<i>"I've decided I want to write for a living. Any tips?"</i><p>My friend Jannah recently contacted me regarding starting a writing career - and I'm glad she did! The advice I gave her is strictly related to writing books, though many of the general concepts could apply to magazine writing, etc.<p><b>Step One:</b> …

A former Stanford dean reveals the keys to successful parenting

Lythcott-Haims, a former dean of freshman at Stanford University, is the author of "How to Raise an Adult," and gave the 2015 TED talk "How to raise successful kids — without over-parenting."<p>In both, she argues that today's parents care too much about their kids' short-term happiness, rather than …

Four Ways To Earn Extra Money While Keeping (Or Preparing To Quit) Your Day Job

Earning a passive income takes some upfront effort but not much energy to maintain. Here are a few options.<p>Imagine lying on a beach, sunlight hitting your face and sand between your toes. You grab your phone and check your bank balance to find that it’s increased $500 since sunrise. This may seem …

20 Rising Web Development And Design Blogs To Follow In 2017

A year ago I listed 25 promising digital design blogs to follow. When you look back, you notice how much have changed. If you’re aiming to become a successful entrepreneur or a freelancer, you must learn marketing, design and web development.<p>Today I’m sharing a handy list of 20 rising web …

Web Design

What colours say about your brand identity and industry

One of the most fundamentally important things to keep in mind when creating a piece of branding or logo design is the choice of colour. This is …

These are the best books Bill Gates read in 2016

The world’s richest man is studying up on tennis and electrical grids this year.<p>Bill Gates, philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft, has kept up his reading and book reviewing. Today he released an annotated list of his favorite books from 2016. They include David Foster Wallace’s essays on …

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Confessions of an Instagram Influencer

I’ve always been well-liked. At least, I think that’s the case. I have friends, a spouse, a job, a college degree. I exercise. I get haircuts …

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It’s all for love as Spain’s Barbara Cartland finally gets a chance to woo British readers

The giants of bestselling Spanish-language fiction – the chroniclers of deluded chivalry, intellectual and psychological labyrinths and the odd dynasty condemned to a solitudinous century – enjoy a formidable worldwide reputation. Miguel de Cervantes, Jorge Luis Borges or Gabriel García Márquez are …

Literature

Simple things that successful people do differently

Successful people don’t do different things, they do things differently. Throughout my career I’ve studied the lifestyle of hundreds of successful …

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33 Authors Gave Us Their Best Advice On Writing

"Write the book that you're desperate to read. Fall in love with your characters. Finish the day's writing at a point where you want to know what happens next. And keep writing every day."<p><b>01.</b> As Kandinsky says, "Everything starts with a dot." Sometimes the hardest thing in writing a story is where …

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