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How to Write a Killer 'About Me' Page

Your “About Me” page is one of the single most powerful ways to define your brand, stand out from your competition, and make potential clients feel …

You could win one of the largest literary cash prizes ever for a book you haven't even written yet

Do you dream about writing the Next Great American Novel? If you’re like many other would-be writers across the country, then writing a novel is at …

12 actions you need to do right now to be a better writer

You <b>can</b> be a better writer. So many posts offer you advice. Most of it you just look it, kind of file it away, and never return to it. That’s why I’m …

Why Is It So Hard to Find Good Sex Writing?

In "literotica," there's no faking it.<p>This is how I generally spend an evening alone in my bedroom:<p>Close the curtains<br>• Crank up the Rihanna to drown out any subsequent noises<br>• Plug in my Hitachi magic wand<br>• Take off my pants (jk they've been off for hours already)<br>• Open a new window in Google Incognito<br>• Head …

You Can't Always Trust Your Own Thoughts, And This Terrifying Chart Shows Why

Here’s the newest guide for learning about cognitive biases and debugging your brain.<p>The human brain has been sculpted over the course of millions of years of evolution, so you’d think it’s been debugged pretty well.<p>But it’s still left with so many mental glitches.<p>Just take a look at this …

Critical Thinking

This 1 Morning Routine Saves Me 20 Hours a Week

The first 3 hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.<p>The traditional 9-5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor it made sense, but not in the knowledge-working world we now live in.<p>Although this may seem obvious …

How to Crush Your Goals

Nearly 80 percent of us will fail to reach our goals this year. Try this simple, yet powerful, way to crush your goals.<p>For many of us, 2016 began with a promise--a promise that this year we will accomplish that which has eluded us. Often it's the everyday things that prove most difficult--managing …

5 Insanely Useful Books That Helped Me in My Writing Career

Note: If you're into audio books and haven't tried audible by Amazon before, you can sign up here and get two free audiobooks with no obligation.<p>I eat people's brains...<p>I love to crack open their skulls and peek into the inner workings of their mind.<p>Methophorically, of course.<p>Reading feeds your …

Writing

13 Negotiating Techniques That Never Fail

Here are negotiation techniques that have led to several multimillion-dollar deals.<p>You're sitting in a conference staring at the face of the other party. You want one thing. They want something entirely different. And as you're both on the verge of flipping over the table, it occurs to you that …

6 science-backed tips for boosting your creativity

Whether it's at work or in our free time many of us would love to learn how to be creative. Coming up with great ideas and new perspectives is a …

Reading These 4 Books Will Make You A Better Writer

These books feature great writing, and will help you hone your writing skills too.<p>Even if you don't define yourself as a writer, entrepreneurs are creating written materials every day: sales proposals, marketing emails, business plans, and countless other things. If you can't tell your story in a …

An Old Design Trick That All 20-Somethings Should Try

Photo courtesy of Andrew Boyd For Dream Decor.<p>Feng Shui -- a traditional Chinese home decor philosophy -- may not be the sexiest topic. (Which is unfair, really, considering that when practiced correctly, it leads to better sex. Let's see you compete with that, mid-century modern.) But we're …

Home Decorating

Why You're Afraid To Write Your Book (And How To Beat Your Fear)

You know you have a book in you, and you know you should write it. It'll help you gain authority and visibility, it will get you in front of the right people and drive clients and business to you.<p>But you just can't seem to get it done. In all other things in your life, you're a diligent hard …

8 writing tips from authors who won the Nobel

Writing tips from authors who won the Nobel (such as Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez) are often worth taking to heart. Read 8 of the best …

Creative Writing

So You Want to Write a Book? These 7 Authors Will Teach You How to Tell Your Story

Having just finished a new book proposal, the topic of writing is fresh in my mind. I self-published my first book Blissful Business: A Gorgeous Guide to Creating Your Dream Career in Health and Wellness in January 2016. A publisher recently saw my book on Amazon and contacted me to write a …

Writing

Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories. In the process, he plotted several examples …

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>This is the story of a prisoner who committed a horrible crime and says he's no …

Psychology

The Important Skill You Might Be Overlooking in Your Branding

Donald Miller is a New York Times best-selling author, the founder of StoryBrand, and a master at building brands. Find out his secret to helping companies create a brand that customers can truly relate to.<p>When you think of unforgettable stories, which ones are they?<p>When you think of powerful, epic …

This Neuroscience Hack Can Make You Unstoppable

Because your brain recreates your memories, you can train it to automatically create memories that propel you forward.<p>Successful people always find ways to manage their emotions and thoughts. Steve Jobs, for example, used mindfulness meditation to remain centered and focused. Many CEOs have …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

Listen here: 10 great podcasts for book lovers

As any reader will tell you, a good book doesn't end when you've flipped the last page. There's always more to learn, plots to discuss, themes to …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

"Creativity Is Not an Accident, It's Something You Earn"

You’ve heard of people having Eureka moments, of ideas coming to them unbidden. It might seem like creativity strikes by accident, the truth is even …

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

Literature

What’s the secret of good writing?

If you find yourself procrastinating, or stifled by panic, or writer’s block, I can reveal that the solution to your troubles is…<p>I first encountered Robert Boice’s name about three years ago, somewhere online; after that, it started popping up every other month. Boice, I learned, was a US …

Cinematic Film Look on a DSLR

November 23, 2015<p>How can we make our films look more expensive & professional?<p>This subject has been talked about many times here on YouTube, but I …

Cinematography

These are Google’s 4 best practices for fostering creativity and innovation

“How many golf balls could you fit in a school bus?” This is the kind of question Google and its big tech brethren were once known for asking would-be employees. The reasoning behind the technique seemed intuitive. Ask people odd questions, see how original and well analyzed their thought process …

The seven stages of writing a novel

Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Teen books,Historical fiction (children and teens),Fiction,Self-publishing,Publishing<p>Anna Caltabiano self-published her first novel at the age of 14. Now with three published novels under her belt, the 18-year-old author and student shares some marvellous …

Writing

Cinematography 101: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a DP

This guide for cinematographers will teach you all the basics of cinematography while linking you to tons of other great resources for more in-depth …

Neil Gaiman On Storytelling In The Age Of The Internet And Other Oddities

“I was a glorious mess at 26. But I was a glorious mess who had a sort of combination of dreams of grandeur and no plan B.”<p>Neil Gaiman is known as many things — author, poet, screenwriter, spouse of Amanda Palmer, owner of very good dogs — but for many, he is celebrated first and foremost as the …