Nicole Bianchi

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Vending machines dispense short stories to bored French commuters

In a time where progression in every field of human endeavour involves ever smarter phones, virtual reality or colonising Mars, it is of some comfort to hear that a new innovation exciting people across the Channel involves none of the above.<p>Instead it is a number of small vending machines dotted …

15 Famous Writers' Fascinating and Unusual Hobbies

Want to improve your writing? Master a new hobby.<p>Leo Tolstoy played chess. Ayn Rand collected stamps. Other famous writers liked to take a break from …

Marilynne Robinson on Finding the Right Word

One of the things I love about Emily Dickinson is the way that, every time I read her poetry, I feel as though I’m encountering it for the first time. It has a reserve of meaning that seems to open very slowly over a long series of readings. Part of that is due to the extreme compression of her …

Literature

Should Cursive Go the Way of the Abacus?

Share92<p>Pin6<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Tweet<p>I watched my daughter try to sign her name just above the signature line. She looked at me a little lost. I felt sorry …

How to Write a Paragraph in 2017 (Yes, the Rules Have Changed)

You want people to read your content, right?That’s why you wrote it in the first place.But getting people to read your content in today’s world of …

Game of Thrones

How Jane Vonnegut Made Kurt Vonnegut a Writer

Kurt Vonnegut, at age twenty-two, didn’t know what to do with himself. It was autumn, 1945. He was back from Europe, having survived the firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war, and he had convinced the love of his life, Jane Cox, to marry him. Beyond that, he had no positive ideas, only …

My 150 Writing Mentors and Me

What interviewing an author a week for several years has taught me about finishing my novel<p>The summer of 2013, I found myself on the phone with Stephen King, listening as he described how he wrote the opening sentence of <i>It</i>: “That’s one that I worked over and over and over.”<p>Drawing on four decades …

Self-confidence

When I’m Writing Fiction, I Cannot Read It

My second novel, <i>Shining Sea</i>, came out in paperback last month. In the year between its hardcover and paperback releases, I did the required work of …

20 of the Best Free Web Applications for Writers

<b>Want to connect with other writers? Make sure to get your invitation to my private writing community on Facebook!</b><p>Last year, I put together a list of …

Kazuo Ishiguro: how I wrote The Remains of the Day in four weeks

The author reveals how the Tom Waits song Ruby’s Arms served as inspiration for his Booker prize-winning classic novel<p>Many people have to work long hours. When it comes to the writing of novels, however, the consensus seems to be that after four hours or so of continuous writing, diminishing …

6 Reasons I Will Continue Writing Both Fiction and Nonfiction - K. Kris Loomis

One of the first things I get asked when someone discovers I’m a writer is, “Oh, do you write fiction or nonfiction?” This question used to confuse …

How to Outline Your Screenplay, Phase 1 - Write + Co. for screenwriters

Last week, a member of our Facebook group posted a question about how to start a screenplay project:<p>“I’ve finally made a decision to start writing …

Hemingway’s First Short Story Found in Key West

When Hurricane Irma smashed into Key West, Fla., author Shel Silverstein’s historic home was nearly leveled. But it was another home in his neighborhood that had Brewster Chamberlin, a writer and historian, worried.<p>His friend Sandra Spanier was also nervous. Not only because she feared for Mr. …

Literature

1 Creativity Lesson From the Nobel Prize-Winning Author Who Wrote His Novel in Just 4 Weeks | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, you're after that one, dazzlingly brilliant idea that will take the world by storm.Truly great ideas are, however, notoriously difficult to come by. They're generated within the deepest recesses of your subconscious mind, far beyond the reach of conscious thought.<p>How are …

Creativity

Everything I’ve Learned from 6 Years of Writing for a Living

Occasionally at parties or coffee shops, someone will ask what I do, and I’ll tell them I’m a writer. Sometimes, they will offer a look of surprise …

Writing

The simple truth behind suspenseful writing

With simple words, suspenseful stories thrill and chill us<p>In Stephen King’s “The Shining,” there’s a heart-pounding moment when young Danny once …

Why I'm Joining NaNoWriMo This Year (And My Top 5 Tips on How to Win)

This is a post I wrote last October 2016. Since I’m planning on participating in NaNoWriMo again this year, I decided to update and republish it. Are …

7 Ways Self-Publishing Can Make You 6 Figures

If you've got knowledge to share, publishing your own book can establish you as a thought leader and create new leads as well as a passive-revenue stream.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the past few years, several individuals have told me effectively the same …

Self-Publishing

12 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Want to Avoid at All Costs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Nobody expects you to be perfect all the time. However, there are some really glaring writing mistakes that when done repeatedly can seriously undermine your credibility, reputation and personal brand.<p>But many of these mistakes are easy …

Language