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12 Creative Writing Templates for Planning Your Novel

It’s that time of year when thousands of writers around the world prepare to type faster than a speeding bullet, drink coffee more powerful than a …

Productivity

How to Write a Paranormal Romance Novel: The Ultimate Guide

By Georgina Roy on Oct 1, 2017 in Guides<p>Welcome to Writing Tips Oasis’ Guide to writing a Paranormal Romance novel. Our series of guides began with …

Plot vs. Character?

For as long as I can remember, people in the writing community have debated the issue of plot versus character — which should drive a story? One side …

Flash Fiction

NaNoWriMo: Or how to first draft…

With November less than a month away, and in the mildly self-aggrandizing of attempting to offer some advice to budding writers… This is the story of …

Books

How to Make a Killer Character Sheet

I’m very visually oriented, if you haven’t guessed from the graphics series that appears periodically on this blog. I brainstorm and process stories …

Harry Potter

Crafting Micro Stories

Micro stories are not only great fun, but excellent practice for writers. Creating micro stories forces you to tighten your prose – an essential …

Creative Writing

10 Writing Resources: Fantasy

Even though my debut, <i>The Eleventh Trade</i>, will be a contemporary story, fantasy remains my true love. There’s so much room for exploration, …

Stephen Paddock: Who was the Mandalay Bay attacker and what was his motive?

The man who killed at least 59 people in the United States worst ever mass shooting was a wealthy property owner and a regular in Las Vegas casinos who made a living through "gambling and speculation," it has been claimed.<p>Stephen C Paddock, 64, killed himself before armed police blasted their way …

When fashion and art collide

Artists and couturiers have had an uneasy relationship – yet art continues to be seen on the catwalks, writes Kelly Grovier.<p>Sometimes a lobster is just a lobster. In 1937, however, the crustacean became an intriguing case study in the complicated relationship between art and fashion. It all started …

Yves Saint-Laurent

How to Spot Bed Bugs in Your Hotel Room

Take these steps to make sure you're the only one sleeping in your hotel bed tonight.<p>Getting bitten by bed bugs in a hotel is bad enough, but bringing the infestation home in your suitcase can be even worse. After bed bugs were reportedly on the rise earlier this year, travelers should be prepared …

Bedbugs

How to start a business with no money

You’ve got a great idea for a brand-new business, or you’re tired of the 9-to-5 grind and want to take your success into your own hands. Either way, you’re excited to turn this dream into reality.<p>But leaving your current job without a backup plan can be a risky thing. Everything you’ve saved is …

Small Business

Why you should apply for or renew your U.S. passport before January

Americans should apply for or renew their passports before January because processing times are shortest between September and December.<p>That's the word from the U.S. State Department, which each year declares September to be Passport Month. Demand for passports typically heats up in the new year …

'Straight/Curve' Highlights the Ridiculous Reason There Aren't More Plus-Size Fashion Options

If you've ever watched a fashion show—and even if you haven't—you've probably noticed a consistent lack of size diversity on industry runways. While …

Plus Size

How to Become a Fashion Designer: Lessons From Our Favorites

Being a fashion designer sounds like one of the most glamorous jobs possible, but the truth is it's a cutthroat business that takes tremendous talent …

'What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?' Frederick Douglass, Revisited

"What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" posed Frederick Douglass to a gathering of 500-600 abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y., in 1852. Admission to the speech was 12 cents, and the crowd at the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society was enthusiastic, voting unanimously to endorse the speech at …

Black History

The Artist Who Designed Obama's "Hope" Poster Is Back With a Captivating New Campaign

Shepard Fairey's iconic "Hope" poster from President Barack Obama's campaign is instantly recognizable — and if all goes according to plan, his new campaign posters will be after the inauguration too. Commissioned by The Amplifier Foundation, a self-described art machine for social change, Fairey …

This unheralded woman actually organized the Montgomery bus boycott

Jo Ann Robinson is unfortunately overlooked by history<p>Earlier this week, the nation celebrated the birthday of civil rights activist Martin Luther …

Black History

Read the full transcript of President Obama's farewell speech

Here is an unedited transcript of<p>President Obama’s prepared remarks during his farewell address in Chicago, as provided by the White House.<p>---<p>It's good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks. But tonight …

Meet Headspace, The App That Made Meditation A $250 Million Business

In 2008, 27-year-old Londoner Richard Pierson was burned out from his career marketing Axe deodorant at a major agency. He switched to freelance, but felt so much anxiety he struggled to go out in public.<p>A friend knew just the cure: an energetic, amiable “Jeeves” for taking care of your brain. It …

Meditation

"Zigzag" beanie - quick and simple. Free zig zag hat knitting pattern.

Knitting