Rick Outzen

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Character description: 7 ways to avoid weak imagery

Strong character description is key to creating vivid and realistic characters. We may be tempted to reach first for obvious elements of physical …

Creative Writing

17 verbs that cut fat from your writing

Verbs are the powerhouse of your sentences; choose them wisely.<p>Another issue that I see frequently in the work that I edit is weak verbs coupled with …

Creative Writing

A Slow Cooker Is Your Secret Weapon at Breakfast

You really should use your slow cooker more often, especially for making breakfast. I’m not talking to the slow cooker addicts out there, the ones …

Slow Cookers

- Stavros Halvatzis Ph.D. How to write effective story characters

His capacity for hope makes Gatsby one of the truly great story characters<p>DURING one of my recent lectures a student asked me about the nitty-gritty …

3 Amazon Secrets Every Author Needs to Know

<b>Rob Eagar offers up three essential Amazon secrets and hacks for authors, including how to change the marketing text for your book, getting email</b> …

14 techniques for more thorough proofreading

PR pros put great effort into crafting press releases, building a targeted media list and developing relationships with journalists. Yet even a minor …

Anthony Bourdain Put These Restaurants on the Map

Over nearly 300 episodes of television, Bourdain turned these restaurants into destinations.<p>Anthony Bourdain always aimed high. Episodes of <i>A Cook’s</i> …

How to Write Stunning Blog Posts That’ll Drive Massive Traffic to Your Website

With over 160 million blogs on the internet today, the need for stunning blog posts has never been more demanding. WHY?Because every blogger want to …

Writing: The Not Too Secret, Secret Ingredient for Success

Here’s a piece of truth: If you want to be successful at what you do, you need to write!Let’s start with my last corporate job as an engineer at a …

Want To Get Better At Writing? Don’t be Precious With Your Work

I have carried around the same pieces of writing for years. Other people knew about it, I’d bring it up shyly when they asked me what I was working …

Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Turning Routine Meetings Into Memorable Events

Like many others, I’m celebrating Mother’s Day with my family this weekend. The following weekend, I’m attending a significant birthday party. Priya Parker would have strong opinions about these events. In “The Art of Gathering,” she sets out to invigorate the way we meet — at birthdays, weddings, …

10 habits of unlikeable people

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few — the good …

Self-improvement

Reboot Your Microbiome With Our 3-Day Gut Health Makeover

It's easier and quicker than you might think. Our high-fiber, plant-based meal plan, will give your gut bacteria a boost, and it's affordable, too at …

Healthy Eating

Truth vs. Hero Worship: the Desire to Believe in Something

14 Stephen King quotes about writing you totally need to hang on your wall

The first Stephen King book I ever read was <i>The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon</i>. I was still in my teens, and my gran — a huge King fan herself — thought it …

10 Things to Blog About When You’re a Brand-New Author

With all the advice that’s thrown at any new writer looking to get published, this one’s heard the most:<p>Build an audience around your work.<p>I’m …

Lose 10 Pounds in a Week by Turning Your Metabolism Into a Fat-Burning Machine

For women who’ve tried Atkins, or any of the low-carb diets that are so popular right now, this story probably sounds familiar: “You see someone …

How To Increase Your Reach and Royalties With Audiobooks - Your First 10,000 Readers

There’s no denying it… Audiobooks are hot right now. With sales growing at over 30% per year, and with 24% of the USA tuning in last year, getting …

Breaking Bad became one of the best TV shows ever by borrowing a trick from Shakespeare

The show balanced improvisation and careful planning thanks to its overarching structure.<p>Much has been made of the way the writers of <i>Breaking Bad</i> <i>—</i> which debuted to modest ratings on January 20, 2008, before growing into one of the defining shows of its era — wrote themselves into corners, before …

Cauli Tamale Pie Makes Eating Healthy Suck Way Less

You won't even be able to tell it's low carb!<p>GET THE RECIPE HERE.<p>Our classic tamale pie is pretty dang perfect. The cornbread crust gets crispy, and …

The Best Po'Boys in New Orleans

When we say eating a real-deal po’boy is a nothing less than a Southern rite of passage, we mean it. Because there are few moments in life quite like …

Simple Instant Pot Classic Chili... get your cozy on! | Photos & Food

Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting.<p>Add the olive oil.<p>Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic and peppers and sauté for about 2 minutes.<p>Add …

11 Essential Books On Writing, Based On The Genre You Want To Write

If you're an aspiring writer, you know that you have to read all kinds of books in order to hone your technique, but sometimes it might seem as if …

Kimchi Fried Rice

Chopped kimchi goes into the rice for a little crunch and a lot of flavor, and kimchi juice finishes the dish for a jolt of tangy-spicy goodness. …

One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

What could be easier than pasta for dinner? Cooking the pasta right in the sauce, saving time and cleanup and infusing the noodles with more flavor. …

Skillet Red Beans and Rice

Look for trinity blend (a mix of onion, bell pepper, and celery) with the prepared produce. Or make your own with 3/4 cup onion, 3/4 cup celery, and …

White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage Recipe on Food52

• Olive oil<br>• 2 shallots, chopped<br>• 2 minced cloves of garlic<br>• 1/2 cup chopped carrots<br>• 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms<br>• 1/2 cup white wine<br>• 3 cups vegetable stock<br>• One 15-ounce can white beans (like Great Northern), drained and rinsed<br>• 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary<br>• 2 to 3 cups chopped kale<br>• 1 pound sausage (like kielbasa or …

The Ultimate 40-Point Checklist for Smarter Content Marketing Strategy (Infographic)

This visual guide covers brilliant content strategy from A to Z.<p>Everyone and their brother has jumped into the online content creation game. Every minute on the Internet, YouTube users upload 300 hours of new video and Vine users share 8,333 more. Over 347,000 tweets are sent. Facebook users share …