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4 Super Easy Ways To Create Characters For Short Stories

Creating characters in short stories is the same as creating characters in novels, but once again, when dealing with a reduced word count we have to …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Compelling Short Story

<i>Written By Stephanie Norman</i><p>Have you ever wondered what makes people so impressed by short stories? There is something magical about the ability of an …

Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist

“In nearly all good fiction, the basic — all but inescapable — plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite …

Naming characters: 5 steps to find fictional character names

Naming characters for a novel or short story is sometimes tricky. Finding fictional character names that suit characters’ personalities or carry apt …

Creative Writing

All About Pacing - 4 Important Questions To Ask

<b>1. What is pacing?</b><p>Pacing is all about the manipulation of time and controlling the speed and rhythm of a story.<p>“Pacing is part structural choices and …

Creative Writing

7 Great Short Stories for Writers

Stories to Read and Study if You Want to Write Short Fiction<p>If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader first. Here are seven stories that I …

BookDaily.com - Author Blog

I’ve read a number of books lately that have had something in common, despite being from different genres. They all used third person omniscient for …

How to Create Realistic Jedi Levitation Portraits

Photographer, weird lens expert, and friend of <i>PetaPixel</i> Mathieu Stern created this very simple and straightforward Photoshop tutorial for anybody out …

Avalon: Contemporary Modular Home with Green Roof and Sustainable Style

Sustainable design is not always about high-tech gadgets and cutting-edge technology, and it is often intuitive and eco-friendly architecture that …

Design

The Perils of Empathy

In politics and policy, trying to feel the pain of others is a bad idea. Empathy distorts our reasoning and makes us biased, tribal and often cruel<p>Everywhere you turn in American politics, leaders talk about the need for empathy. The best-known instance, of course, comes from Bill Clinton, who told …

Empathy

Verse goes viral: how young feminist writers are reclaiming poetry for the digital age

Fusing writing, music, art and technology, a new generation is taking poetry beyond the bookstore<p>If you’re not an Instagrammer you may never have heard of Rupi Kaur. In fact, if you’re not a young female Instagrammer, then your chances are probably even slimmer.<p>And yet, with almost 750,000 …

Feminism

The Poet written by TM DiSarro at Spillwords.com

• Rate this poem<p>User Rating 5 (5 votes)<p>Sending<p>Add to favorites<p><b>THE POET</b><p>Leonard Cohen<p>written by: TM DiSarro<p>@tmdisarro<p>My poet lover! Cries his muse<br>What …

Dining with death: crime fiction’s long affair with food

In “The Noble Bachelor” Sherlock Holmes presents Watson with a brace of woodcock and a pâté de foie gras pie. Holmes himself was partial to curried chicken and mixed his own blend of earl grey and lapsang souchong. Inspector Maigret would make a detour for skate wings with black butter, mussels in …

Books

Don’t make fun of renowned Dan Brown

As the film adaptation of Dan Brown's fourth Robert Langdon novel, Inferno, is released, we present this appreciation of the author by Michael Deacon from 2013.<p>Renowned author <b></b>Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. Most …

Books

Writing Creepy Scenes by Rayne Hall

Tweet<i>Please welcome back author and monthly RU contributor Rayne Hall.</i>Do you want to write a ghost story? Are you working on a thriller, an urban …

Cute

How Horror Fiction Can Make Us Better Writers

Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Frederik AndreassonSince we are coming up on Halloween, I’d like to take a moment to talk about my …

Writing

4 Things Crime and Mystery Readers Understand

When I was a kid, I hardly read anything that wasn’t labeled crime or mystery, and then I grew up and discovered other wonderful literary genres. But …

Books

17 Tips to Find Your Perfect Story Title

You tried to avoid it like the plague, but there is no escape anymore.<p>Yes, you tried to push it aside, delay it, pretend it was just an afterthought. …

A Checklist For Getting Your Short Stories Published

Some of the essential elements found in published short stores are: good characterization, dialogue, mood, tone, action, pacing, and plot …

Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd: 10 Writing Insights

Tracy Kidder is a renowned nonfiction writer, known as a literary journalist for the way he combines story and voice with exhaustive research. He is …

Poetry Prompt: 6 Steps to Writing the Polished Acrostic

An acrostic poem can be written about anything, but this form is a charming mechanism for paying homage to someone or something you love. Six simple …

Creative Writing

Using neuroscience to stimulate creativity

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8 Secrets of Great Communicators

Great communication skills are a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Here are eight proven strategies that will improve yours today.<p>When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we're pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren't nearly as good as we …

20 skills that are hard for bosses to master, but can pay off forever

You can have all the talent in the world, but you're not going to rise into a management position if you don't have certain abilities.<p>These leadership skills transcend any one company or industry. They're also tricky to master.<p>A handful of these traits might come naturally to you, but it's likely …

Nine Tips For Managing Millennials

By 2025 millennials (the generation born between 1980 and 2000) will make up 75% of the world’s working population. While it is important not to generalize too much, millennials as a whole do possess characteristics and motivations that differ significantly from earlier generations in regards to …

The Workplace

The scariest psychological thrillers you need to catch up on this weekend

Human beings tend to have a masochistic side—we scratch at itches we shouldn’t, poke sleeping dragons and often times, for leisure, subject ourselves …

6 reasons why you should start reading short stories

<b>Short stories have many benefits that make them a great read in the digital times. Here are the most important ones.</b>Nowadays, short stories have one …

Writing

'Writing Interactive Fiction With Twine' - GeekMom

Reading Time: 4 minutes<p>“Have you ever loved a book so much that you wanted to step inside it?” So begins <i>Writing Interactive Fiction With Twine</i> by …

Chekhov Stories: Context

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Taganrog, a southern Russian port, in 1860. The son of a shopkeeper and grandson of a serf, Chekhov was himself …