Ryan Brocklehurst

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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

What I Learned Writing a 50,000 Word Book

Writing a Book May Be Different from What You ExpectLate last year, as I was planning for the year to come, I began setting goals for 2018. Some were …

Writing

Hear Stanley Kubrick Explain the 2001: A Space Odyssey Ending In a Rare, Unearthed Video

The director famously refused to give his interpretation of the sci-fi masterpiece.<p>When it was originally released in 1968, audiences didn't really know what the hell to think of <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. In fact, 250 critics walked out of the New York premiere, literally asking aloud, "What is this …

How to Lead When You’re Feeling Afraid

I’d known Jeff (not his real name) for many years, as a client and as a friend, but I’d never seen him so thrown. I could feel his fear, his sense of uncertainty.<p>And it was with good reason.<p>Jeff was the head of sales for a company whose product was, more or less, impossible to sell.<p>His company, …

How To Write A Suspense Novel

So you want to know how to write a suspense novel. I could tease you with this, play out the line, dangle the carrot tantalizingly in front of you. …

Writing

Learn How To Publish Your Novel On Your Own With This In-Depth Guide

It helps you become an author by focusing on the entire process, from writing to creating a website to getting your book published on Amazon.<p>The idea …

GM Has a 2 Word Dress Code and It's Actually Brilliant

It used to be 10 pages. Now it's just two words. Here's why they made the change.<p>This story is about three things: dress codes, leadership and common sense.<p>It's about a $62 billion company with roots going back 100 years--the kind of giant, legacy organization you might think would get bogged down …

21 People Who Are a Shoo-In for the “Most Creative” Award

Usually, there are creativity awards given out for design, advertising or literary fields, but after seeing this collection, we are ready to give out …

How to Transform Conflict Into an Innovation Advantage

The surprising impact of design thinking on corporate culture<p>While most of the literature on design thinking has focused on innovation, Thomas Lockwood and Edgar Papke, take a deep dive into the intersection of innovation, design thinking and corporate culture through interviews with some of the …

How to Shoot Awesome Astrophotography & Night Sky Images: A Basic Tutorial to Get You Started

This video tutorial is a few years old, but we thought we’d share it because it offers some great starter information on how to shoot …

Want to Raise Successful Children? Stop Telling Them These 3 Things (That Most Parents Say)

Some advice you think will help your children can actually harm them instead.<p>We want our children to be successful as possible--maybe even more successful than we are ourselves. And so we push them to give them the motivation and self-discipline that we know is a key to getting ahead.<p>This may seem …

Self-improvement

Rock star physicist Carlo Rovelli on why time is an illusion

“I found something extraordinarily beautiful and extraordinarily radical. And I thought, wow, this is better than LSD”<p>At the outset of Julian …

Want Big, Cheap Prints? Try Printing Your Photos on Fabric

You've used your inkjet to print edge-to-edge A4s and A3s, then wanted to upsize, so you went to an online printer for a canvas or a poster. They get …

Five Questions You Can Ask Instead Of 'How Are You?'

Last week, we introduced a new series of posts that will offer ideas for how to build energy, shape the future, and create high-performing teams. How can you do this? It starts with asking positive questions. (Find the first post in this series here for a review.)<p>Today we want to offer a makeover …

Self-Reflection

How to build your own author platform — from scratch

How to build your own author platform — from scratch<p>The first time I heard the phrase “author platform,” it instantly conjured an image of myself, …

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Singularity

How branded content counters consumer skepticism

Advertising isn’t dead yet, but it’s largely underwhelming, underserving and interrupting the audiences organizations care about most.<p>9 out of 10 …

Got $50? Then You Can Build This DIY Dolly

This tutorial is for those wanting high-quality camera movement at low-budget costs.Making a movie is an incredibly expensive venture, but indie …

Independent Film

It’s the End of Agencies As We Know It. Here’s Where We Go Next

“I don’t know what agency or consultancy to go to anymore.”<p>A client of ours bemoaned this to me not too long ago. As a director of a major …

Advertising Industry

Moms Are LOVING This 4-Minute Clip That Calms Down Angry Kids

There are plenty of resources for teaching mindfulness to moms, but it's an equally beneficial practice for children. Which is why we are loving this …

Mindfulness

5 FREE Kindness Posters to Help Spread the Love in Your Classroom

Kindness might be the number one trait we try to promote in our students, which is why we’re head over heels for these free kindness posters. …

Posters

The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

<i>Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets,</i> …

Writing

Here’s How to Get Perfect In-Camera White Balance: No Editing Required! (VIDEO)

Whether your passion is nature photography, portraiture, macro, or shooting sports, it’s likely you’ve devoted considerable processing time to color …

Tutorials

15 of the best science podcasts that will make you smarter

Podcasts are more popular every year, which means there's a wealth of audio storytelling to listen to — and many options to choose from.<p>We're here to help.<p>Whether you need something to listen to on your commute or just want a brain-boost while you pick up around the house, you can always trust a …

Artificial Intelligence

How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the …

Self-help

Best books of 2017: indie publishers on their favourite books of the year

India’s answer to Lear, a teen tale set amid the London riots and the first great book on grime. Experts pick 2017’s smartest, oddest and most overlooked reads

Books

31 Book Passages That Made Us Cry In 2017

"We are a feather falling from the wing of a bird."<p>—John Green, <i>Turtles All the Way Down</i><p>—Elizabeth Strout, <i>Anything Is Possible</i><p>—Patricia Lockwood, <i>Priestdaddy</i><p>—Jesmyn Ward, <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing</i><p>—Angie Thomas, <i>The Hate U Give</i><p>—Mohsin Hamid, <i>Exit West</i><p>—Kamila Shamsie, <i>Home Fire</i><p>—Naomi Alderman, <i>The Power</i><p>—Victor …

The Screenwriter’s Toolbox: Two Techniques Novelists Can Borrow from Film When Writing Opening Scenes

Get ready for a bigger, better writing community. Writers Digest and ScriptMag will be merging into a single, fully redesigned website in 2018!<i>image</i> …

Writing

Story Twists and Dramatic Beats

Dramatic Beats in Inglorious Basterds. <br>. <br>. <br>.IN THESE ARTICLES I often talk about the large pivotal elements that shape a story—the turning points, …

Farmhouses

Use Job Stories To Hook Users

Why User Stories are ill-equipped for building addictive products.“<i>First we make our habits, then our habits make us” — John Dryden</i>The holy grail of …

User Stories