Nicole Alicia

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These 2 Steps Will Stop You Overthinking Your Writing

Do you have the tendency to overthink every article?Some writers obsess over every single detail of their post for days, even weeks, before actually …

The Kendrick Lamar-Approved Poet You Shouldn't Be Sleeping On

Like most writers, Shauna Barbosa has been engaged with her craft since she was a child. Growing up in Roxbury, Massachusetts within a Cape Verdean community, her father always steered her in the direction of a bookstore so she wouldn't get distracted by what was happening in the hood.<p>"I think any …

I Copied the Routines of Famous Writers and It Sucked

Did Balzac really drink 50 cups of coffee a day? Does Murakami actually wake up at 4 AM? For a week, I tried to live like famous writers. It went poorly.<p>“For me writing is like breathing,” the poet Pablo Neruda told the <i>Paris Review</i> in 1971. “I could not live without breathing and I could not live …

Literature

Award-Winning Author Judy Blume Shares 6 Inspiring Tips From 50 Years of Writing (and 85 Million Books Sold) | Inc.com

When I was a kid I loved to read Judy Blume books: <i>Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing</i>, <i>Blubber</i>, <i>Deenie</i>, <i>Freckle Juice</i>, <i>Superfudge</i>. They addressed themes and issues other books I was reading at the time didn't cover. Her stories spoke directly to me, as if she could see right into my curious, …

Creative Writing

16 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Write A Book

If you want to write, you've got to read.

11 Tips For Writing More In 2018, So You Can Finally Finish That Manuscript

As another year drags itself across the finish line, many of us are starting to think about our goals for next year. Sure, 2017 had its horrible …

3 Steps to Complete Your Writing Goals in the New Year

For the last two weeks I have received emails from over eight different companies offering to teach me how to have a wonderful and amazing year next …

Creative Writing

For the Love of Writing: 25 Wordsmiths Explain Why They Write

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or fewer? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018]Last month, we called for our …

Creative Writing

The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

Before he had even made his first movie, Spike Lee used to fantasize about three things: season tickets at the Garden, a brownstone in Fort Greene like the one that he was raised in and a house in the historically black Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard. In 1986, after writing, producing, …

Black Lives Matter

Entrepreneurs tend to fail for the same 3 reasons — here's how to protect yourself against them

Recently, I spoke with one of my long-time mentors and successful serial entrepreneurs, Jim Hazboun, who is also a top C-Level executive at a large global company. He and I talked about two critical things no one ever tells you about becoming an entrepreneur, specifically the importance of having a …

Entrepreneurship

5 Ways To Prevent The 3 Most Common Reasons For Entrepreneurial Failure | Inc.com

Recently, I spoke with one of my long-time mentors and successful serial entrepreneurs, Jim Hazboun, who is also a top C-Level executive at a large global company. He and I talked about two critical things no one ever tells you about becoming an entrepreneur, specifically the importance of having a …

Entrepreneurship

How to Never Run Out of Content Ideas Again

Relying solely on your own ideas for engaging topics is exhausting. Like any job, some tools and strategies make it easier to do better.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s the time of year when everyone who does content work for a startup or tech company here in the …

Marketing

Five Books About Writing that Made Me a Better Writer

I started devouring books around second grade and by around fifth grade, I was reading adult fiction along with young adult and middle grade fiction. …

Creative Writing

Column | The pen is mightier than the fear: Writing with anxiety

I love writing.<p>As a kid, I filled journals at a rapid pace, to the point where my collection of literature was rivaled by my collection of notebooks. …

How to Write a Bio that Convinces Readers You’re Their Personal Superhero

Writing a bio is hard.You have to knock ’em dead with two or three dazzling sentences that show you’re a likable, credible, and accomplished …

Social Research

Barbara Taylor Bradford: ‘A novel is a monumental lie – with the ring of truth about it'

The novelist, 84, on the discipline of writing, sexy books, glass ceilings, human nature and shopping for shoes<p><b>The only way I can work</b> is to keep to a proper schedule. I try to be at my desk by 6am and work for two hours before breakfast and then work again until 4pm. I spend half the day thinking …

Writing

Paris Review - James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

Interviewed by Jordan Elgrably<p>Issue 91, Spring 1984<p>James Baldwin in Hyde Park, London. Photograph by Allan Warren, <i>The Paris Review</i> No. 129.<p>This interview was conducted in the two places dearest to James Baldwin’s struggle as a writer. We met first in Paris, where he spent the first nine years of a …

Literature

7 Content Creation To-Dos for the Busy Marketer

If you’re like most marketing consultants, you know you need to produce content for your clients in order help them get found online. While this …

Marketing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing

Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: Plot Backward

So you’re doing prep work, breaking the story. Problem is, the story is breaking YOU! The plot is a mess, you can’t figure it out, bits and pieces …

Screenwriting

You won’t feel motivated every single day. Focus on this instead

It's taken me a long time to learn that motivation isn't an external source of inspiration.<p>It's an inner quiet you have to practice listening …

Motivation

13 quotations that describe the writer’s craft

Most of my favorite authors have not written anything new in hundreds of years.<p>The Brontes, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, George …

Writing

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines …

Books

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 …

Writing about a location – Do you have to go there?

One of the most important aspects of your writing is the setting. You want to accomplish a couple of things when you write about a particular place. …

Writer's Notebook

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>A <i>writer's notebook</i> is a record of impressions, observations, and ideas that may eventually serve as the …

Expressive Writing Could Alleviate Stress In People Who Worry Too Much

Not everyone has the time to launch their own personal blog or journal where they can rant and rave about what goes on in their daily lives. And not …

Psychology
Writing

How to Be a Successful Writer: Why You’ll Never Arrive and What to Do Instead

There are three words that can kill any dream before it leaves the ground: “As soon as …” As soon as I finish this course … as soon as I get noticed …

Writing