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The best new books in 2017

January <b></b><p><b>The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain</b><p>She’s more than just a dab hand with a piping bag: this is a debut novel by Nadiya Hussain, winner of the Great British Bake Off 2015. The story is about four girls growing up as the only muslims in the English village of Wyvernage.<p><i>Harper</i> …

Bitch's Best Books of 2016

<i>We explored this topic—in part—because a Bitch reader asked us to look into it. Got a question about feminism and pop culture that you want answered,</i> …

Books

Readers’ books of the year 2016

Writers and critics have had their say, now readers pick their books of the year – from Brexit to bohemians, emperors to existentialists<p>Of the many books that have engaged me this year, three stand out: James shows in a brutally honest memoir how someone can be saved, and <b>The Year of the Runaways</b> by …

How to plot a novel: 7 tips for success

Learning how to plot a novel means first understanding the hallmarks of great plots. Secondly, you need to be able to incorporate these elements in …

Great grammar tips: 7 reliable resources for writers

Great grammar gives your writing power. The author Joan Didion once said ‘Grammar is a piano I play by ear… All I know about grammar is its infinite …

Seven Rules of Effective Prose

Refining your prose is a long process requiring practice and patience. This learning curve is even harder when you don’t know what needs to improve. …

Creative Writing

Day-by-Day NaNoWriMo Outline: Characters & Themes Cheatsheet

<b>World Building: Describe type of society for “good guys”: World Building: 5 Types of Societies for Your Novel.</b><p>Choose a type of “society” for a group …

#NaNoWriMo Outline: Your 30-Day Cheatsheet

This NaNoWriMo outline is your 30-day cheatsheet!<p>I pulled out 30 key scenes from the master outline to create this day-by-day outline. As you …

How to find time to write: 9 tips to get words down

Many aspiring authors have to learn how to find time to write with a full-time job. Being a stay-at-home parent also involves roles and …

The Guide To Living Creatively

Creativity takes courage.<p>The easiest thing in the world is to let go of your creativity. To say you’ve got a *real* job and give up the creative work …

How to Create Moral Stakes in Your Fiction

We experience life as feelings. Yet, so much fiction is written to minimize feelings or leave them out altogether. It’s as if emotions are not a fit …

IO is a Free, Lightweight Writing Tool and Publishing Platform

If you feel like shooting off a quick blog post, personal essay, or anonymous rant and don’t want to set up a whole new blog on something like …

7 Writing Rules You Can Ignore

When I say you can ignore these rules, I don’t mean that you should. These “truisms” floating around about writing are useful to think about, …

Writing

20 Great Literature Quotes About Reading

Here are 20 great literature quotes about reading.<br>[Gathered by Regina Kenney]<p><b>“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be</b> …

Grammar Rules

<b>by Justin Cox</b> Apr 30, 2018<p>Pleonasms are common in speech but should be avoided at all costs. Do you have what it takes to diagnose and eliminate them …

The best free software for writers

Writing is a terrible job, and if you’re considering it a viable career path, you’re making a huge mistake. Just kidding. Writing is the best! Unlike …

Software

Using 20 Minutes A Day In This Way Can Hugely Improve Your Creativity And Mental Clarity

These days, you feel like a robot.<p><i>You drag your feet into work and you have to deal with your boss. You’re hustling this year yet again to try and</i> …

Meditation

Ten Simple Steps to Building a More Creative You

<i>What can I do an hour a day that will make my life better in 30 days? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Milena Rangelov, PhD student of civil engineering, on Quora:</b><p><i>What can I do an hour a day</i> …

4 Ways To Make Space In Your Brain To Create

<i>This article first appeared on QuietRev.com</i><p><i>This is the second article in Quiet Revolution’s two-part series on seeking creativity. Check out last week’s piece to learn about the ways you can hack your environment to help you channel your creativity more effectively.</i><p>We’d enjoy nothing new without …

Using @Grammarly to Improve Writing – Reviewing Grammarly Premium #edtech

I have been a fan of Grammarly for some time now. I have the Chrome extension and find it very helpful to eliminate errors, particularly before I hit …

5 Things to Do to Spark Creativity

1<p>Invite Randomness.<p>So often we’re on autopilot. Mix things up by writing down six different options for your day—some that you might normally do, …

Creativity

7 New Year's Resolutions That Will Make You Creative in 2017

It's the time of year to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the new one. Here are 7 resolutions you can keep, and that will make you more creative in 2017.<p>1. Set the right goals.<p>The first business book I ever read was <i>Built to Last</i> by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. That book grabbed me. …

Creativity

23 Rarely Used Copywriting Techniques to Create Fascinating Content

Writing is an art and discovering the secrets of boosting your readers’ engagement can transform you into a master of copywriting. Setting the right …

How to Write a Book - 7 Steps to Writing a Book That's Ready to Be Professionally Published

Every author has a unique writing process.<p>That means there are millions of ways to write a book…<p>But there are 7 key steps every writer can follow to …

The Seven Basic Plots

“"This magisterial volume really does offer readers a genuinely fresh and exciting perspective on virtually every tale ever told." --Bookmark, July …

Books

Write Every Day

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world …

Jumpstart Your Writing With Creative Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts That Will Jumpstart Your Writing<p>Updated August 13, 2017<p>Interested in incorporating a free writing habit into your day, but …

10 tips for new writers from a self-published success

It's that time when many people look to the year ahead as an opportunity to reassess their goals. If you're one of those who has always aspired to …

Writing

What this editor of books read outside her work in 2016 says a lot about why (and how) we read

Maintaining a list of every book read during the year yielded curious patterns.<p>It’s a hot afternoon, and I am sitting somewhere by the Arabian Sea, …

14 Breakfast Pasta Recipes That Will Rival Your Weeknight Meals

We’re all about using pasta in creative ways. Whether we’re making inventive pasta recipes or warming up our leftovers, we’re always experimenting with the many wonders of noodles. When you get together with the girls for a movie night or dinner party, pasta is probably a no-brainer — but what …