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You Can Stay in Italy for Free at This Hippie Village Utopia

Let’s retire the acronym YOLO, can we? It’s so wrung-out that it makes even a 12-year-old sound like an unironic middle-school principal. But it …

Writing

5 Writing Tricks That Will Help You Appeal to Short Attention Spans | Inc.com

Ask any copywriter to name their biggest challenge today, and ten to one will tell you it's writing for the ever-shrinking attention span.<p>Whether we really do have shorter attention spans than goldfish, as the news tells us, or we're just lazier, there's no denying our tolerance for lengthy, …

Writing

10 keys to writing a brilliant speech

In a wonderful speech, the speaker's words flow, gently leading the audience along.<p>Everything fits together and makes perfect sense.<p>Some make it look …

Public Speaking

7 Thoughtful Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You Don't Know What To Write | Inc.com

I am a writer.<p>On any given day, I write somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000 words--and the genres are all over the board.<p>I have a journal for poetry and quick ideas that I keep with me at all times, in my backpack. I aim to write an answer on Quora every day. I write here on <i>Inc Magazine</i> five times …

Writing

Victor Hugo's strange cure for writer's block and 8 things you didn't know about him

Eminent French author Victor Hugo is best known for his Romantic writings, with his first novel <i>The Hunchback of Notre Dame</i> cementing his place in the literary canon.<p>He wasn't just a literary genius, though. Hugo could easily be remembered as a politician, person in exile, or a saint. As his …

Seventy-Eight Agents to Follow on Twitter

We did the work for you and found the most active and insightful agents to add to your Twitter feed. The seventy-eight listed below share with their …

Creative Writing

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Popular Fiction

1. DO — WRITE A PAGE EVERY DAYThat’s about 200 words, or 1,000 words a week. Do that for two years and you’ll have a novel that’s long enough.Nothing …

Creative Writing

Artificial Intelligence: A Free Online Course from MIT

Today we're adding MIT's course on Artificial Intelligence to our ever-growing collection, 1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. That's …

Artificial Intelligence

The most famous book that takes place in every state

Whether you come from the California coastline or the snowy forests of Maine, reading a book set in your home state can make you feel a warm nostalgia for that beloved place.<p>After scouring the internet and surveying our colleagues on their picks, we rounded up the most famous book set in every …

Books