Tracy Cooper

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Picasso on Success and Why You Should Never Compromise in Creative Work

<i>“Imagine immensities. Pick yourself up from rejection and plow ahead. Don’t compromise,”</i> Debbie Millman advised in her magnificent meditation on what it takes to design a good life. But how does one resist compromising one’s creative ideals when straining to meet the practical essentials of …

How to Pitch Yourself: Young Eudora Welty’s Impossibly Charming Job Application to The New Yorker

<i>“Only when we take ourselves lightly can we take ourselves seriously, so that we are given the courage to say, ‘Yes! I dare disturb the universe,'”</i> Madeleine L’Engle riffed on T.S. Eliot in her magnificent meditation on creativity. But in the quest to find fulfilling work, we stand in our own way …

Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum

Autism and its related conditions remain among the least understood mental health issues of our time. But one significant change that has taken place over the past few years has been a shift from perceiving the autistic mind not as disabled but as differently abled — and often impressive in its …

Six Rare Recordings of Denise Levertov Reading Her Poetry, Illustrated by Artist Ohara Hale

Between 1963 and 1991, British-born American writer <b>Denise Levertov</b> — recipient of the prestigious Robert Frost medal, a Guggenheim fellow, and one of my all-time favorite poets — gave several spectacular readings at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the recordings of which have been slumbering away in …

What It Takes to Design a Good Life

What does it take to have a good life? That’s what <b>Jonathan Fields</b>, author of <i>Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance</i>, wondered when his daughter turned five and he grew tired of reading her fables about the knight who saves the princess to live happily ever after. So he set out …

Ten Days at the Mad-House: How Nellie Bly Posed as Insane in 1887 in Her Brave Exposé of Asylum Abuse

In 1887, two years after she launched her career with a response to a patronizing chauvinist and two years before she raced around the world in a quest to outpace Jules Verne’s fictional eighty-day itinerary, pioneering Victorian journalist Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864–January 27, 1922) pulled off one …

Lynne Tillman on What to Say When People Ask You Why You’re an Artist or Writer

What compels writers to write, to trek to the desk day in and day out under the self-elective mesmerism of their unrelenting routines? George Orwell attributed the impulse to four universal motives, and Mary Gaitskill listed six. Joan Didion saw it as access to her own mind. For David Foster …

Vincent van Gogh on Art and the Power of Love in Letters to His Brother

<i>“You can only go with loves in this life,”</i> Ray Bradbury memorably proclaimed. Whether love be bewitching or tormenting, whether pondered by the poets or scrutinized by the scientists, one thing is for certain — it is art’s most powerful and enduring muse, fuel for the creative process more potent …

May 9, 1933: Helen Keller’s Scorching Letter to the Nazis about Book-Burning, Censorship, and the Inextinguishable Freedom of Ideas

In 1933, as the Nazis began taking over Germany, their parasitic despotism spared no effort in co-opting the country’s people, ideas, and culture. Among the many oppressive tactics was a command to destroy all books deemed to reflect an “un-German spirit.” Nazi leaders enlisted mobs of students in …

Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

Van Morrison once characterized <b>Bob Dylan</b> (b. May 24, 1941) as the greatest living poet. And since poetry, per Muriel Rukeyser’s beautiful definition, is an art that relies on the “moving relation between individual consciousness and the world,” to glimpse Dylan’s poetic prowess is to grasp at once …

The Long Game: Brilliant Visual Essays on the Only Secret to Creative Success, from Leonardo da Vinci to Marie Curie

<i>“Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time,”</i> a wise woman once said — a seemingly simple observation that is among the 7 most important things I’ve learned in the many years of doing what I do. This notion of doggedness is something countless admired creators have advocated — from Anthony …

Now a 'Pollen Vortex'? Wild Weather May Mean Allergy Nightmare

If the constant cold weren’t enough, a brutal winter has many speculating that the polar vortex will be replaced by a “pollen vortex,” leaving allergy sufferers sniffling and miserable.<p>Alesia Kotek is ready for the worst. She and her 13-year-old daughter Caitlin share allergies to grass and trees — …

Weather

5 Simple Steps to End Any Fight

Fighting with a partner is one of those unpleasant parts of a relationship that we wish wouldn't happen. But what if it was also life-threatening? A Brigham Young University study, tracing couples over two decades, found that more arguments correlated with poorer health and concluded that couples …

Anger Management

Sex Positions Everyone Should Try in Their Lifetime

36 Sex Positions Everyone Should Try in Their Lifetime<p>…Or next week.<p>Is your sex life screaming for an upgrade? Yeah, we hear you. Getting freaky has a way of getting stale the more time you log with your partner. The good news: It's easy to turn things around by switching up your sex positions (no …

The Workouts That Can Prevent The Flu

You know that vigorous exercise burns fat and builds muscle (<b>and it may even help fight cravings</b>)—and now you might be able to add “fight the flu” to …

Public Health

The Simple Flirting Technique That Really Works

So why is your voice so important when it comes to sex appeal? Researchers say that our ability to alter our voices (and our ability to pick up on subtle differences in others' voices) is the result of evolutionary changes; basically, voices can predict biological factors that make someone a good …

Disappointed With How She Looked In A Family Photo, Inez Loredo Lost 106 Pounds

<i>Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at success.stories@huffingtonpost.com and you could be featured in our I Lost Weight series!</i><p><b>Name:</b> Inez Loredo<p><b>Age:</b> 32<p><b>Height:</b> 5'4"<p><b>Before Weight:</b> 236 pounds<p><b>How I Gained It:</b> My entire life I have been overweight. I was so used to it. I loved eating, I …

7 Things That Make You Think You're Hungry (Even When You Don't Need to Eat)

Read this before you raid the fridge.<p>Your stomach's the ultimate prankster: It can trick you into believing you're jonesing for food when really, you don't need the sustenance at all. Well, we're not falling for it anymore—and you won't be either after you get this need-to-know intel.<p>You're …

Amazon’s Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

From Digital Book World:<p>The term “self-publishing” may have outlived its usefulness, according to Jon Fine, director of author and publishing …

The Ten Worst Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Hear (and Probably Already Have)

There is perhaps more writing advice in the known universe than there is actual writing. Or at least it can feel that way when you’re flailing around …

Writing Process: How to screw it up

<b>1. Talk about it too much without typing. Lose energy that could go on the page. Talking is so much easier than typing. In fact, maybe you should be</b> …

Women's fantasy fiction: join the quest for a world unknown to bookstores

'Blokes in cloaks' are still the overwhelming presences in the genre section. Who are the writers they've overlooked?<p>With Game of Thrones entering its fourth season on HBO later this year, bookshops up and down the country will soon be setting up tables stacked high with recommendations for what to …

25 Things Writers Should Know About Conferences And Conventions

Con season is almost over, so that tells me it’s a <i>most excellent</i> time to write a post about con season! Right? Right? Fellas? Where you goin’, …

HOW TO FIND A (REAL!) LITERARY AGENT

<b>by A.C. Crispin</b><p>The following article lays out the basic elements that I teach in my “How to Get a Real Agent” workshop. Some parts will seem familiar …

Writing

Why You Should Use Scapple for Brainstorming Your Book

A while ago I mentioned I had started playing around with Scapple, a brainstorming app from Literature and Latte, the makers of my favourite piece of …

How to Write YA

<i>Seth Fishman's new YA novel,</i> The Well's End<i>, picks up with a mysterious sickness sweeping through 17-year-old Mia Kish's school--and she might be the</i> …

Creative Writing

This Itch of Writing: the blog

I've been plotting a novel recently, and one of the things I've done to help myself see if my story really was embodied in my plot (click here for …