Nada Houri

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19 WTF Facts That Will Make You Extremely Upset

The world just sucks sometimes.<p>Contemporary pop culture is full of both lies and truths that are hard to accept. The way you've come to think about "greats" like John Wayne and even the animated star of Pokémon is probably all wrong. And sorry, but Twinkies simply aren't the everlasting dessert you …

“As Fred Astaire would have said, rain or not, the sun was suddenly shining everywhere.” Sadie Stein on turning thirty: http://tpr.ly/1hz7Cld.

The Publishing Process: The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard... Is True

In early 2010 I attended an event called "Eat, Love, Write." It was a fundraiser featuring bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert and her sister Catherine Gilbert Murdock as the keynote speakers. Catherine is a successful author in her own right -- specializing in young adult novels. During the …

8 Heartbreakingly Adorable Quotes From Winnie-The-Pooh

A.A. Milne was born this week in 1882. In honor of the Winnie-the-Pooh creator's birthday, here are 8 adorable quotes from his books:<p><b>“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”</b><p><b>"...when you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find</b> …

Let Gordon Lish Bot explain why your writing is crap. http://www.themillions.com/2014/01/this-curiosity-is-awful.html

Anonymous Chalk Artists Decorate Ohio College With Inspirational Quotes

An anonymous chalk art duo in Ohio is proving that guerrilla artworks can be the best purveyor of inspiration.<p>Their project, Dangerdust, brings famous quotes by the likes of Claude Debussy, J.M. Barrie and Nelson Mandela to the chalkboards of the Columbus College of Art & Design. Acting under their …

50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published in January 2014. We’ve selected it as one of the posts we’re republishing for our 10th anniversary</i> …

8 Ways To Get A Fictional High

Writers like drugs. That is to say, we like writing about them. Many a gallon of ink has been spilled talking about the allure, risks, and dangers of everything from alcohol and marijuana to cocaine and LSD (I'm looking at you Hunter S. Thompson).<p>The only thing writers like more than real drugs is …

8 Must-Read Young Adult/Middle Grade Authors

If you were to ask what I do for my life, the answer would be writing and reading. I have to limit myself from going to my public library, because I end up taking WAY too many books than I can handle to read. I start to cry when I walk into Barnes & Noble. Yeah, it's bad. Anyway, here are some of …

7 Things You Didn't Know About Robert Louis Stevenson

You may know him as one of literature's most famous writers. Or for his timeless classics <i>Treasure Island</i> and <i>The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde</i>. But did you know Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson's American wife Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne was a cigarette-rolling, pistol-owning …

6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

I've been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about them.<p>Here are six of the most common pieces of advice I came across that have helped me a lot improving my writing here at Buffer.<p>It also features actionable tips …

The Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel

I was intrigued by an article in the British publication the <i>Telegraph</i> which seemed quite extraordinary. The piece was entitled, "Scientists Find Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel."<p>For a writer, what could be more arresting than such a headline?<p>Among other things, the article said: "Computer …

Let's Keep the "The" in These

We’re sometimes reminded to “Keep the X in Y” — Christ in Christmas… memories in Memorial Day… Hal in Halloween, <i>etc.</i> An admirable goal, to be …

Ten literary quotes we all get wrong

There’s nothing elementary about it, my dear Watson. And does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet?<p>The ten literary quotations below have passed into common parlance because they encapsulate human truths or sum up much-loved characters. The only problem is, in most cases, nobody actually …

3 Questions Your Professional Writing Bio Must Answer

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>You’re writing your cover or query letter, and it’s time to add your bio. But what information do you include and what should you leave out? Whether you’re a professional writer or just starting out, deciding how to describe yourself and your publication credits (or lack …

“People love stories. The more you see your story as part of a broader narrative, the better.” The six things that make stories go viral will amaze, and maybe infuriate, you. (Kudos to The New Yorker for aping Upworthy’s headline style.) For more of this morning’s roundup, click here: http://tpr.ly/1fZTBQe.

Is Tech Killing Our Favorite Children's Book Characters?

"I loved the Berenstain Bears when I was a kid, too." I told my 5-year-old daughter the other day as we sat watching it together.<p>"Was it your favorite show?" she asked me.<p>"Actually, there wasn't a show when I was little -- they were only books." I told her.<p>"Really?" she responded incredulously.<p>This …

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The Power of Words

"I have hated words, and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." -<i>The Book Thief</i><p>I am a page, and the way I live etches words on to me and creates a story for the world to see. Words have catalyzed and stirred nations into revolution and triumph, and with a single word, the nations …

The Allure of the Map

For years, I carried the same map wherever I went. When I wasn’t travelling, Scotch tape held it to the back of my bedroom door: it was visible to me when the door was closed, but invisible to almost everyone else. That map moved from dorm rooms to apartments and houses, from the Eastern Shore of …

Why You Should Never Use Absolutes

There's nothing worse than sentences that begin, "There's nothing worse than..."<p>Unless, of course, you're being ironic to illustrate a point; then it's acceptable. Quite brilliant, actually.<p>In the frenzy to be heard above the online cacophony, many writers resort to absolutes. Rather than …

“January is especially well-suited to the tint of the Gothic mindset—nothing helps you settle into the winter doldrums like an unceasing parade of bloodied knives, thousand-yard stares, disemboweled corpses, creaking doors, and shrieking virgins.” Dan Piepenbring on his favorite Gothic novel, Horace Walpole’s “The Castle of Otranto”: http://tpr.ly/1mHHtDP.

Can you make kids love books?

<b>(mattjeacock via iStock)</b><p>Have high schools replace novels with nonfiction, and other dubious prescriptions for creating a nation of readers<p>Laura Miller<p>January 23, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>The cultural critic Natasha Vargas-Cooper recently provoked the indignation of many readers (including, I admit, …

Small presses growing translated fiction's readership

Innovative and energetic publishers such as And Other Stories and Dalkey Archive are finding new routes to a committed audience<p>"We were dreaming of freedom; we woke up in capitalism," is Slovenian writer Drago Jančar's wry comment at the launch of Dalkey Archive's anthology of short stories, Best …

I Spend, Therefore I Am by Philip Roscoe – review

Pity the poor economists. No one loves them. Most are decent enough as individuals, but their theories are abominable: a mix of naivety and cynicism decked out in algebra. This perversion of thought is tolerated only because of its alleged utility. And after the crisis of 2008, even that excuse has …

25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read

It’s a truism that kids’ books aren’t just for kids. Franchises like <i>Harry Potter</i> and <i>The Hunger Games</i> wouldn’t be nearly as successful if adults …

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley Nears Completion at the Universal Orlando Resort

There's not a stitch of clothes for sale at Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions. Not yet anyway. And the shelves at Borgin and Burkes are still bare as well.<p>But none of that matters. Even though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is still basically a construction site, there's …