Rebecca Smith

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Writing riveting inciting action: 7 ideas

The inciting event or incident – the situation that ignites circumstances fueling your story – is an opportunity to intrigue and win your reader’s …

Creative Writing

Writing and the Creative Life: Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling (Part 2)

Freytag’s pyramid, Cortisol, Dopamine, and you!<p>In Part 1, we considered a Harvard Business Review article about the influence of stories on the …

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Taking the Mystery Out of Writing History

Let me just say that I offer these tips on writing historical fiction from my own limited experience. Doubtless there are other more serious writers …

30 great opening lines in literature

Too Much of a Good Thing? An Unexpected Side-Effect of the Juicing Craze May Be Altering Your Complexion

“You’re orange.” Dr. Wexler said matter-of-factly, flipping over my hand and comparing its tangerine tinge to her own soft, rosey-hued palms. I had stopped by her airy Manhattan dermatology office that morning to have a questionable mark on my forehead (which had settled in for too long of a stay) …

Road tripping the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Road tripping the Amalfi Coast of Italy<i>Photo credit: Radu Micu Spiaggia Fornillo Positano Italy via photopin (license)</i>Europe has its fair share of …

16 of the coolest apps and gadgets you should use the next time you travel

Thanks to technology, gone are the days of overpaying for flights, struggling to book a place to stay when you travel, or suffering through terrible meals at subpar restaurants.<p>But with so many available apps and gadgets to help you out, which ones are really going to save you time and money or …

Discover the thirteen towns that have been deemed the most beautiful in Spain

Thirteen lucky towns have been picked as Spain’s prettiest. There are already 44 “pueblos más bonitos” on the list compiled by the Association of the Most Beautiful Towns in Spain, but that list is set to grow next year with some similarly photogenic new additions.<p>The association was started in …

The System I Used to Write 5 Books and Over 1,000 Blog Posts

Most writers struggle with getting their writing done for one surprising reason. They think writing is a one-step process, when in fact, it’s a …

Here’s how men really feel about commitment, sex and babies

These five men talk about the deal-breaker issues in their relationships that are the most difficult to talk about…<p>By Clover Stroud<p><b>THE NEW BOYFRIEND</b></i> …

Top 10 Places To Visit In Spain

Spain is always ready to take your senses for a drive anytime. Definitely, it pays homage in almost every corner to their national motto “Plus Ultra” …

Does Coffee Actually Make You Dehydrated?

Don't believe everything you hear.<p>For a long time people have been told that caffeine is a diuretic. For some, this translates into advice to avoid …

Good exposition examples: Narrating your story’s background

What do we mean when we talk about ‘exposition’ in stories? ‘Narrative exposition’ is important information that gives readers your story’s …

4 Ways to Protect Your Eyes If You Stare at Screens All Day | Inc.com

If you work in front of a computer all day, you're familiar with that irritated, fuzzy, and tired feeling your eyes have by the end of the afternoon. Everything starts to get a little blurry and sometimes your head aches. This cluster of symptoms is known as eye strain or computer vision syndrome, …

There are 19 types of smile but only six are for happiness

Our grins are not as simple as they seem. There are a myriad different ways to smile – and some of them can conceal some less than happy feelings.<p>As they hovered over their victims, knives at the ready, Carney Landis issued his instructions. The beheading was ready to commence.<p>It was 1924 and this …

9 Incredible Sights You Must See In Santiago, Chile

Glittering glass buildings surrounded by architectural wonders and snowcapped mountains… …sound like somewhere special? Santiago, the capital of …

Jamaica's top 10 travel experiences

Jamaica’s lovely landscape – with its crystalline waters, lush banana groves, and sheer mountains – combined with its confident, yet cool reggae demeanor, makes Jamaica an ideal destination for those looking for stunning scenery and a big dose of local culture. Pack your bag and head down to this …

Dispatches From Cuba: Photos and Stories From a 20-Day Journey

Meanwhile, 90 miles from Florida...<p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>A GP writer slipped into a country largely untouched by American influence since 1960 (beside the</i> …

GP Excursion | Out of the Blue: 5 Days in Jamaica

When the Jamaica Tourist Board invites you to Jamaica for five days of culinary and cultural adventures, you don’t say no. You pack some sandals and …

The 6 Best Mexican Islands That Aren't Cozumel

By: Meagan Drillinger<p>There's a decent chance if you went to college, you ventured to Mexico for spring break and made enough bad decisions to fill up a carry-on bag. That's what a place like Cozumel is for, after all. It's like an oasis of irresponsibility.<p>But believe it or not, there's more to …

Places You Never Thought You Could Afford in the Caribbean

You: barefoot on an empty white-sand beach. You: rubbing shoulders with celebrities on vacation. You: sipping a cocktail on St. Barts, Anguilla, or Virgin Gorda. The Caribbean's most exclusive and expensive islands may seem beyond your reach, but where there's a will to go, there's a way to …

8 Gorgeous Rustic-Luxe Beach Escapes

When many of us dream of the beach, we're not <i>just</i> dreaming of fine white sand and clear blue waters. (Well, sure, we are dreaming about that part …

Jamaica's Coolest Joint

<i>A Native American-inspired compound in the middle of Negril? Enough said to get Geren Lockhart on the next plane to an island nation of the Greater</i> …

Can You Keep a Secret? The Caribbean's Best Hidden Gems

<i>This post</i> <i>originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel</i><i>.</i><p>The Caribbean has long been a popular warm-weather destination. And as each year goes by, another …

How to Travel to Cuba Now

CUBA – Cuba. It's rough around the edges, nostalgic, romantic, and on every traveler's lips these days. The latest round of incremental restrictions …

Visiting Szechenyi Baths in Winter

How to Buy Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua

8 Best Tips for Successful Day Tripping to Tallinn, Estonia