Odetta Owen

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Three Writing Tips From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jennifer Egan

Writing is something everyone should do on some level. No matter what makes you put pen to paper, these three tips from Jennifer Egan will help as …

The Right Writing Routine

How to find the writing regimen that works for you.<p>A writer who waits for the ideal conditions under which to write will die without putting a word …

Religion’s “creative destruction”: Millennials, the new religious “nones,” are experimenting with new forms and rituals

<b>(AP/M. Spencer Green)</b><p>Could spiritual practices like feeding the homeless and fighting injustice take the place of traditional religion?<p>Donald E. Miller<p>December 25, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>From the recent attack on Planned Parenthood to the shooting in San Bernardino, extremists of all stripes are …

Religion

A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days

8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just <i>my</i> bucket list.<p>But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know …

Writing

Portico prize winner Benjamin Myers: 'Why bother chasing the big publishers?'

After being turned down by ‘every major publisher in London’ for his Portico winning novel Beastings, the author says landing the £10,000 prize ‘felt like a vindication’<p>Benjamin Myers, who has beaten Alan Garner to win the £10,000 Portico prize for literature for his novel Beastings, has spoken of …

London

20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected

Feeling discouraged? Rejected? Don't worry. We've all been there.

Writing Tips: How to Come Up With 50 Topic Ideas in 30 Minutes

12 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The core issue for many content marketers is this: How do I come up with article topics? Without topics, you have no articles, no content, and therefore no content marketing. It’s obvious that we need to figure out how to come …

Time Management

How to set up a foolproof note-taking system for writers and other nerds (Part 1)

I started writing stories this year – short fiction and a couple of novellas so far – and I’ve found I need to make a lot of notes. The iPhone is pretty great for this, as you’d expect, but not always: Sometimes it’s just not appropriate to tap away on a cellphone, and sometimes you might want to …

An Old Old-Fashioned

Revisit the original recipe for this Southern favorite<p>Ingredients<p>1 tsp. simple syrup (or 1/2 lump of sugar)<p>1/2 slice orange<p>1 cherry with stem<p>1 lemon twist<p>2 dashes Angostura bitters<p>Ice (1 to 2 cubes)<p>2 1/2 oz. fine Kentucky bourbon<p>Preparation<p>Combine first 5 ingredients in a traditional old-fashioned …

The Most Common Mistakes People Make when Cooking Pork Chops

The 8 most common mistakes to avoid when cooking pork chops.<p>We'll come out and say it: Cooking pork chops is not an easy task. But we promise—you can definitely cook a tender, juicy chop—as long as you avoid these eight common mistakes.<p>1. Ignoring the Quality of Your Meat<p>This is true with all meat …

Paleo Onion Rings, A Paleo Appetizer

Recipe: Paleo Onion Rings<p>Ingredients<p>1 Yellow Onion<br>• ½ cup Coconut Milk<br>• ¼ cup Arrowroot Powder<br>• ¼ cup Coconut Flour<br>• 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt<br>• ¼ tsp ground Cayenne …

Paleo Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, A Thanksgiving Soup

Recipe: Paleo Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups Baby Bella Mushrooms<br>• 1 cup Shiitake Mushrooms<br>• 1 cup Oyster Mushrooms<br>• 4 Garlic cloves<br>• 4 …

Paleo Vietnamese Pho, A Beef Soup with Fresh Herbs

Recipe: Paleo Vietnamese Pho<p>Ingredients<p>5 cups Beef Stock<br>• 3 Carrots<br>• 4 Celery ribs<br>• 1 Tbsp fresh Ginger<br>• 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos<br>• ½ Tbsp ground Chinese 5 Spice<br>• 1 …

Mix Up Your Meat Rut with Stir-Fried Lamb

Lamb stir-fry makes for a quick and easy weeknight meal that's dramatic to eat, but not to prepare.<p>Lamb can do more than occupy the oven for hours on a family holiday until an in-law forgets about it and the meat overcooks and everyone's eating tough meat and forcing smiles and drinking too much …

Cooking

How Freelance Writers Can Avoid Embarrassing Disasters

It’s every writer’s worst nightmare: You accept a gig, but fail at it. The project goes down in flames.<p>That client is never going to use you again. …

Employment

Virginia Woolf on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Literary icon <b>Virginia Woolf</b> (January 25, 1882–March 28, 1941) was not only a masterful letter-writer and little-known children’s book author, but also a dedicated diarist on par with Susan Sontag and Anaïs Nin. Although she kept some sporadic early journals, Woolf didn’t begin serious journaling …

Fried Chicken with Crunch

An unconventional secret to perfectly crispy fried chicken<p>You have to hand it to Todd Ginsberg, a Jewish guy from New Jersey who moved south and decided he could reinvent fried chicken. He only makes it Friday nights at <b>the General Muir</b> in Atlanta, a smart mashup of a New York deli and a …

How to Write When You Have No Ideas

You want to write, but you think you have nothing to write about. Maybe you’re paralyzed by fear or uncertainty. Here’s how to write when you have no …

11 Common Blogging Mistakes That Waste Your Audience's Time

Quick question: Do you know anyone who <i>doesn’t</i> suffer from information overload?<p>We live in a world full of cheap information. At the push of a button …

Writing

Emily Dickinson’s Handwritten Manuscript for “Because I could not stop for Death”

How to write your book’s first draft

As quickly as possible—and do it first!<p>Let me share an inside secret on how you can separate the newbies from the veterans. The latter race through …

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

The year of reading more and writing better is well underway with writing advice the likes of <b>David Ogilvy</b>’s 10 no-bullshit tips, <b>Henry Miller</b>’s 11 commandments, <b>Jack Kerouac</b>’s 30 beliefs and techniques, <b>John Steinbeck</b>’s 6 pointers, and various invaluable insight from other great writers. Now comes <b>Kurt</b> …