Phil Cosmo

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How To Write A Children's Book In 9 Easy Steps - Complete Guide for 2018

Have you ever wondered how to write a children’s book, and if you have what it takes to create one?<p>For me, it’s this smile. That’s my reason for …

100 Best Writing Websites: 2018 Edition

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.<p>You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start …

How to Overcome Inner Challenges to Become a Successful Writer

I remember looking outside my bedroom window a few years ago and wondering if anyone would ever read my writing. When I first started putting pen to paper, I was a little naive as to what it would actually take to make my book a success. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to share the …

10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them

There are many famous schools of thought that you have probably heard of, but did you hear the truth or just get a caricature of the idea? <br>Read More

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Simple Exercise to Drastically Boost your Writing Output!

There is one exercise that can:<p>Improve your writing, and<br>• Boost your output<p>I will be ‘walking the walk’ in writing this article. I’m currently timing …

George Eliot on Writing and Narrative via Middlemarch, Illustrated

George Eliot’s Middlemarch could have been about anything. At least, judging from the omniscient narration, Eliot could have told a story about anything, anywhere, at any time in the universe. As a blurb on the Shmoop website points out, “The narrator of Middlemarch doesn’t just know everything …

Empathy: How to Show Empathy in Writing

Stories create empathy. Stories bring hope. Stories change history. Yes, even yours—especially when you know how to show <i>empathy</i> in writing.While …

Empathy

How to Finish a Novel in Three Days

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) ends on Thursday. That means you have to figure out how to <i>finish</i> a novel . . . in three days.Let’s get the …

Writing

7 Skills You Need to Practice to Become a Successful Writer in the Digital Age

It takes more than just writing something great to become successful.<p>When people see what I've built for myself as a writer, they think it's the result of my degree in creative writing.<p>It's not.<p>I tell everyone that my college education was great for two reasons: it taught me how (and what) to read, …

Digital Age

A Three-Step Preliminary Acid Test of Whether You Might Be a Good Fiction Writer

<i>Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24.</i><b>By Joel Gordonson, Author of The Atwelle Confession</b>Anyone who has …

Creative Writing

Writing a novel during NaNoWriMo? Here are 17 writing tips

November is National Novel Writing Month and for the estimated 400,000 participants hoping to crank out 50,000 words by the end of the month — …

Explore and Evaluate Your Writing Process

The Basic Steps in Composing<p>Once you've made the decision to work on improving your writing, you need to think about exactly <i>what</i> you'll be working …

The secret of how to write a bestseller

“There’s no way you can teach this stuff,” he said. “It just cannot be taught. You’ve either got it or not.” Which was ironic, considering that the …

Prep for National Novel Writing month with these online writing courses

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The great writers forgotten by history

Ever heard of Alexander Baron or Mary Elizabeth Braddon? They’re just some of the overlooked authors we need to rediscover, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>What do Agatha Christie’s favourite mystery novelist, the winner of the 1973 Booker Prize, and a writer who reputedly bashed out 100 million words, …

Literature

This 2-Word Quote From Writer Kurt Vonnegut Will Change the Way You Work

You're always going to be in the process of becoming who you want to be, so you may as well learn to enjoy it.<p>When it comes to insights about work, there are tweaks and there are game changers. Which isn't to diminish tweaks. Sometimes, the perfect scheduling hack or productivity ritual can …

Kurt Vonnegut

How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing Technique

Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the …

Writing

How NaNoWriMo changed my life by novelist Julia Crouch

From draft zero to published author, Julia Crouch wrote her first novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). She shares her life-changing …

Why Do NaNoWriMo?

For half a million writers worldwide the month of November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). As a NaNoWriMo mentor and writer it’s the …

Writing

Using Physicality to Bring Your Characters (And Your Fiction) to Life

One of the most common challenges writers face in the character development process is conveying personalities (even those of side characters) in a …

Creative Writing

The Virtues of Non-Linear Writing

If you’re stuck with a story, try this: Write whatever scenes you want.If you hear the phrase “non-linear storytelling” in reference to movies, …

Creative Writing

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

Writers on Rewriting

Quotations From Writers on Revising and Rewriting<p><i>Interviewer:</i> How much rewriting do you do?<i><br>Hemingway:</i> It depends. I rewrote the ending of <i>Farewell to</i> …

A Rare Element From The Edge of The Periodic Table Is Breaking Quantum Mechanics

This is amazing.<p>There's a lot we don't know about the actinides. On the periodic table, this series of heavy, radioactive elements hangs at the …

How to Write a Book in 100 Days

Let’s start with the obvious: You don’t know how to write a book. I’ve written seven books, and I don’t really know how to write a book either. I …

Writing

Writing the middle of a novel: 9 tips to keep moving

Writing the middle of a novel has its own unique challenges. You need to develop your story further after your engrossing start and set in place the …

Creative Writing

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

If there is one thing science is good for, it's going to extremes.<p>A lot of science's history is just one story after another of people figuring out how to do something that, just a few years before, was thought to be impossible.<p>The impossible was heavy on my mind last Wednesday as I found out just …

Albert Einstein

Success Lessons From The World's Biggest Rejects: Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Meryl Streep and 10 More

People dismissed them for lacking talent, intelligence, imagination, and even good looks--but they succeeded anyway. Here's why.<p>The road to success can be long, winding, lonely, and difficult.<p>But sometimes we forget. And when we run into obstacles, we think it's a sign that we're on the wrong path, …

Motivation

This Navy SEAL Says Your Lack of Motivation Does Not Matter (but This 1 Thing Does Big Time)

There is something much bigger at play when it comes to your success than merely being motivated.<p>Maybe you haven't heard of Jocko Willink, but there is a good chance you wouldn't want to make enemies with him.<p>Having spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy--with time spent commanding Task Unit Bruiser at …

Tim Ferriss

To be a creativity machine, arrange your time and tasks according to these seven categories

Art is hard. Creative insights are hard to predict, and just when it gets difficult, your mind immediately jumps to a distraction: something easier to do, an excuse, a scapegoat.<p>To get the most out of your creative energy, carve out space for creative work. To make that space, you need to make …

Creativity