Rebecca Ayre-Smith

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Should You Tell People You're Writing A Novel? Reddit Users Offer Their Tips

Writer's block is arguably the worst thing that can happen to an aspiring author, but coming in at a close second is the frustration of dealing with …

Writing

5 Tricks for Learning a New Language as an Adult

Children can pick up new languages like it’s no big deal, but adults have to really work to get even the basics. While it may seem daunting, it’s not …

Language Learning

20 Netflix original films that are actually worth watching

<b>The majority of Netflix’s original shows can be described as prestige TV, but when it comes to film, the approach seems to be quantity over …

Entertainment

6 Reasons to Personality-Test Your Novel’s Characters BEFORE You Start Writing

A novel’s only as good as its characters, right?In most of my various attempts at writing novels in the past, I didn’t take the trouble of thinking …

Creative Writing

'Swimming into the unknown:' Mexico's unmapped underwater caves - in pictures

Photographer Klaus Thymann has been exploring the underwater cave system of the Yucatán peninsula, diving 1km underwater to where salt and freshwater meet. By mapping areas that have been untouched by modern civilisation, he hopes to raise awareness of the natural and human heritage of this unique …

Scuba Diving

How to write conflicting characters that create story interest

A study in conflicting characters: A performance of Ghosts in Berlin, 1983, with Inge Keller, Ulrich Mühe, and Simone von Zglinicki.<p>The noted teacher …

Creative Writing

5 tea-tree oil home hacks that prove it’s a *major* multitasker

Sort of like baking soda, essential oils are one of those seemingly innocuous things in your home that are quiet superstars. You can use them to …

Hacking

Why Good Storytellers Should Be Writers

I know some amazing storytellers — and am lucky to have them close in my life. They can hook you right in, captivate your attention and sail you …

Writing

There's a simple skin test you can do to tell if you're drinking enough water

It's easy to forget to drink enough water, but now that summer is approaching, it's especially important that we keep our bodies hydrated. If you don't drink enough, you can get headaches, feel nauseous, and find it hard to concentrate.<p>The NHS recommends six to eight glasses of water a day, but you …

Elasticity

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer — here are the warning signs

It’s the most destructive form of skin cancer and experts say, melanoma can affect anyone regardless of sex, race or age.<p>Over 80,000 cases of skin …

Cancer

3 doc-approved meds that belong in your seasonal-allergy survival kit

As lovely as green grass and colorful blooms are, the arrival of spring also means a pang of dread (and, um, sinus pressure, a runny nose, red eyes, …

Biomedicine

The Super Affordable Moisturizer Celebrities Swear By For Sagging Skin

Sagging skin is an issue that many aging women face–even celebrities! It’s nothing to be ashamed of or worried about. There are plenty of amazing …

Skin Care

A Sleep Wellness Expert's One Simple Trick to Falling Asleep Faster

<i>This article originally appeared on HelloGiggles. For more stories like this, visit hellogiggles.com.</i><p>We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is …

Sleep

10 New Netflix Shows You Should Be Watching

Image: Netflix<p>We have access to so many unique services with so much great content that it's difficult to filter through it all. How many times do …

TV

How to Improve Your Grammar as a Writer

Grammar invokes passion. For some grammar sticklers, seeing a comma or apostrophe missing, or a sentence without subject-verb agreement, can make …

Creative Writing

This Is Why Cartagena Should Be Your Next Destination

In-the-know travelers have been weekending in Cartagena, Colombia, for years but the style-set have only just recently put this colorful destination …

Travel

10 exercises to shake off the writing doldrums

Having trouble coming up with the right words? Unable to string more than a few sentences together?Perhaps your brain needs a workout. Consider …

Public Relations

5 Bad Writing Habits Destroying Your Daily Productivity (and How You can Fix It)

<b>Productivity is a major issue for writers and the reason is simple — the more you write, the more you earn!</b> You’ve probably heard of writers who make …

Creative Writing

4 Crazy Reasons You Should Use This Stretch-Mark Oil on Your Face

Have you used Bio-Oil on your face yet? If not, you should really consider it—and we’re not just saying that because Kim Kardashian West is already a …

Skin Care

How to Write a Second Person Story

Here’s what you should do if you want to master the most challenging perspective aroundImage by ReedsyYou’re an author looking to make a splash in …

Creative Writing

Flight Attendants Reveal What You Should Wear If You're Looking for a First Class Upgrade (Video)

Sometimes getting an upgrade isn’t about the right timing or knowing the right people. Sometimes, it’s all about having the right outfit.<p>There's one …

Clothing

Everything You Should Know About the Beauty Benefits of Castor Oil

I’ve been using castor oil for as long as I can remember … or whenever my mom started sending me to the beauty supply store for lip gloss and …

Hair Care

3 Months on Medium & Reasons I am More Successful Than You

When the moment of inspiration strikes, don’t look it over, jump on it and ride it into the sunset.I just got a moment of inspiration while reading a …

Writing

Only My Grandma's DIY Okra Gel Can Make My Hair Grow Super Fast

Many moons ago, I did a thing where I chopped off a significant portion of my hair. Spoiler alert: I quickly discovered short hair is not my thing. I am envious of all the folks who love short hair, but I learned I am a long hair girl, and I'm OK with it.<p>While I was in the process of growing out my …

Hair Care

Your Secret Weapon: Writing With Guts Will Make You Succeed As A Writer — A Why and How

If we feed our brains with knowledge, why can’t we do the same with guts?<b>Writing with guts</b>It is a cliché that means to be brave, to jump into the …

Creative Writing

The best Pilates moves for strengthening your glutes

Strengthening and growing your glutes can often feel like a thankless task: no matter how many squats or lunges you do, your legs feel like they're …

Check out the hottest TV shows premiering in May

April showers bring … well, a host of hot new shows.<p>Gone are the days when May was just the lull between spring and summer TV seasons, a time for …

The Difference Between Good and Bad Writers

You’re currently living in the best possible time in history to be a writer. You have no excuses.With an internet connection and a keyboard, the …

Writing

The expert guide to *finally* treating your hormonal skin

No matter how thoroughly you cleanse your skin or how many portions of vegetables you eat a day, hormones can wreak havoc with your …

The Art of Rewriting: Tips For Tackling Your Next Draft

It’s a daunting question for writers: once the rough draft of your script is complete, how do you even <i>begin</i> to re-write it? On April 17, Film …

Independent Film