Shellye McKinney

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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Writing Habit (That Sticks Like Superglue)

You <i>know</i> you need to write often to have a successful writing career.<p>You <i>want</i> to build a writing habit so you can unleash the ideas, words, and stories …

12 of the best British short stories you've never read

Short stories are underrated.<p>If you were asked to name a famous novel, or even a famous poem, you could probably rattle off at least a handful quite …

Books

16 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Write A Book

If you want to write, you've got to read.

Writing Teacher

I hear from my former students occasionally. A few have gone on to accomplish remarkable work. Hear equally from the ordinary and, remarkable. Requests for recommendations, announcements of new jobs, marriages, children, a photo, copy of a book or film script, story in a magazine or anthology, …

14 big fall books to watch out for

We’ve had our fun with summer books, but now that it’s starting to get too cold for the beach, it’s time to break out some of the biggest-name …

34 Wonderful Products For People Who Hate Clutter

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Five Best Budget Pens

Those of us who love our pens know that they can be more than just a writing instrument that we toss out and replace with a new one—they can be great …

Our top 6 scarf knitting patterns

<b>Stone Scarf knitting pattern</b> <br>Stay warm (and stylish) this winter with this beautiful knit Stone Scarf. It's easy to make and has a matching</b> …

Knitting

25 Outstanding Podcasts for Readers

Looking for something to spice up your commute? Look no further! There are hundreds of bookish podcasts on iTunes and there’s something for everyone. …

Books

How To Get Back Into Writing (Once You’ve Lost Your Groove)

by Marcy McKayI’m not sure how it happened. I was working away on the first draft of my latest novel… until I wasn’t. I had to fight and claw my way …

Creative Writing

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview

If you like to read, we’ve got some news for you. The second-half of 2015 is straight-up, stunningly chock-full of amazing books. If someone told …

Nine Tips for Finishing That Novel by Hanya Yanagihara

My second novel, A Little Life — about a group of men in New York and their friendship over the course of 30 years — will be published in March. …

The Two-Page Plot Outline a Writer of the Hardy Boys Series Used to Crank Out a Book

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Writing

Where best to see spring in France

Spring is with us this week. About time, too. I’ve had enough of flu, parkas (where did they surge from this year?), sustaining stews and people blathering about skiing. Soon, though, it will all be over. The almond trees are in blossom – a little late this year, but they’re worth waiting for. …

What the menopause REALLY does to your body and how to tell when it’s started: Continuing the ultimate guide to surviving the change

For some women the menopause is marked by just the occasional hot flush and tiredness. For others ‘the change’ can be utterly debilitating as they …

Women's Health

Longlists Announced for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards - PEN America

• Home<br>• Longlists Announced for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards<p>Today, PEN is thrilled to announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards, spanning …

What Obama's trip to Selma means

He’s more publicly embracing his role as America’s first black president.<p>Six months ago, as Ferguson rioted night after night and President Barack Obama carefully parsed his response, many African-American leaders wondered if he’d join them in Selma for the 50th anniversary of the march across the …

Black History

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes review – mixed memories of the 1950s

The life stories of woman from the postwar era show a world before equality, washing machines and the pill<p>The 1950s are still close enough to touch: just around the corner of our past, linked to us through living memory. The core of Virginia Nicholson’s new book, about women’s lives in the UK in …

The 20 Best Books From The Past 20 Years, According To The Independent Bath Literature Festival

Picking a good book can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are just SO many.<p>Luckily, the literary experts over at the Independent …

Civil rights activist John Lewis visits Tim Cook at Apple HQ

Congressman John Lewis paid a visit to Tim Cook at Apple’s Cupertino campus today as part of the civil rights icon’s Northern California tour for his new book.<p>The Georgia lawmaker played a pivotal role in the bloody Selma march that’s back in the spotlight thanks to the its 50th anniversary and the …

Tim Cook