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21 Writing Prompts To Help You Finish An Entire Novel This Summer

Summer is officially here, and it's the perfect time to start writing a novel. There's no school and plenty of sunshine — which means it's the …

7 Steps to Quickly Becoming an Influential Expert in Any Field

Developing the relationships you need to succeed can't be done if you are self-absorbed and transactional.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Developing highly influential work is a process that can be mastered. Not only mastered, this process can be replicated again and …

Self-improvement

Ten books every teacher should read

In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few<p>Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and Dewey’s Democracy and Education – there’s a strong case to be made, as Dennis Hayes has, that these are the only …

Teaching

Hands Down, These Are the Best Documentaries of All Time

Just as we watch romantic period dramas to feed a nostalgic wonder, feel-good comedies for a much-needed laugh, indie flicks to delight our eyes, and …

Atacama Desert

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

The Writer's Journey - 5 Exercises To Get You Started

<b>A different way of being in the world</b><p>This morning, when I woke up to write this blog, I had a headache. I didn’t feel like a writer. I didn’t feel …

Creative Writing

How (And When) To Think Like A Philosopher

As an undergraduate, I majored in philosophy — a purportedly useless major, except that it teaches you how to think, write and speak.<p>The skills I was learning from working through papers and arguments extended well beyond the coursework itself, yielding habitual patterns of reasoning that made me a …

Why Second-Person Point of View Is Rarely Used in Fiction

Second-Person Point of View<p>Updated February 08, 2018<p>Second-person point of view is a form of writing in which the point of view of a narrative work …

11 Ways to Improve Your Travel Writing

<i>This post is a little inside baseball about travel writing. It’s a follow-up to my semi-ongoing series on travel blogging that started with this</i> …

Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life

<i>“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as</i> …

13 books Ernest Hemingway thought every young writer should read

In 1934, a young man named Arnold Samuelson was fresh out of journalism school at the University of Minnesota when he read "One Way Across," a short story by Ernest Hemingway.<p>The story later became part of Hemingway's fourth novel "To Have and Have Not."<p>Samuelson admired the story so much that he …

Literature

Providing quality education to one million students in Thailand’s small schools

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results brought several pieces …

How to Escape in 9 Books

Many of my friends are talking about escape these past few months, about what country would be the best to run away to: Spain or New Zealand or …

Meredith’s Top Ten Movies Of 2016

You know the drill. We watch movies and then rank them. Every year there are too many great movies to narrow down to just one list but then we do it …

Top 10

The Hemingway You Didn't Know | The Art of Manliness

<i>“Never confuse movement with action.”</i><p>-Ernest Hemingway<p>Nearly fifty years after his death, Ernest Hemingway remains a commanding presence in the …

How to Make Good Decision, From Ben Franklin | The Art of Manliness

“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four …

50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms

1. Stop consuming caffeine<p>Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent …

Slightly More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism

This fantastic nonfiction from 2015 is still worth discovering and pondering today.<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I curate weekly for its subscribers. This is my annual attempt to bring some …

Journalism

India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway: Strategic Dimensions

Inking of the trilateral pact between India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) making way for the IMT Highway provides seamless vehicular movement between SAARC …

Asia

How to Write a Novel, Explained by a Booker Prize-Winning Novelist

No one taught DBC Pierre how to write, but that didn't stop him from winning the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel. In his new book—and here—he explains how you could do the same.<p>Before he became a novelist, DBC Pierre had already led a picaresque life. Born in Australia in 1961 to a Nobel Prize …

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

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The Shadowboxing Workout That Will Leave You a Sweaty Mess

Here’s how to jab, cross, hook, and uppercut away the calories<p>You probably don’t head to your local gym and start throwing jabs, crosses, hooks, and uppercuts. But maybe you should.<p><i>Men’s Health</i> trainer and two-time Chicago Golden Gloves champion Gideon Akande uses shadowboxing as a cardio and …

6 Teaching Secrets For Long-Term Growth

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Teaching

8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Every Day

What is success to you?<p>To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth. Others want power. Some just want to make a positive impact on the …

12 Writing Tips From Famous Authors

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.<p>While the thought of …

Motivation

30 top book writing tips from the best blogs

Quotes on writing are a mixed bag. But the top book writing tips from the best writing blogs are actionable and practical. Here are 30 great pieces …

Creative Writing

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

Meet the travel blogger who made 6 figures writing about her vacations

The 36-year-old started her blog Ordinary Traveler back in 2011 after a six-week vacation to Southeast Asia with her boyfriend. Fast forward to 2016, and Woodrow made six figures last year off of her travel blog.<p>"The bigger travel blogs are people who quit their jobs and became nomads — you don't …

San Diego

4 Tips to Help You Write With Clarity and Substance

Prose that's effortless to read takes great effort to write.<p><i>By Gregory Ciotti, marketing at Help Scout</i><p>Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words.<p>Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication and the text that powers it become increasingly …

Want to be a Better Writer? 7 Tips to Help You Improve Your Writing Skills

Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to …