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5 Habits to Feed Your Creativity: A Morning Routine

After spending a magical weekend with my best, most creative friends in Ashland, Oregon, I was challenged to re-read (and actually complete the …

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10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them

There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your …

Creative Writing

Writing a Book? Forget Formula; Try Method!

My colleague, Stuart Horwitz, says some controversial things about book writing in his second book on how to write a book, <i>Book Architecture</i>. For one, Stuart advises against using the traditional formula for book writing. Instead, he advises writers to employ three tools as more of a methodical …

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Your author newsletter is key to effective book promotion

<b>The importance of the author newsletter</b><p>In my decades as a published author, I’ve learned a few things about the author newsletter.<p>First: it is the</i> …

The 10 Best Stock Art Sites to Get Photos and Illustrations for Your Book Cover

This is one of the questions I’m asked most often: <b>Where can I get good images for my book cover?</b> I discuss various stock photo sites and other ways …

10 Top Websites Authors Don't Even Know They Need

Here are ten great author sites to help your writing career in ways you may not even know you need. Be it grammar rules or advice to be the best!

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How to Write a Novel: A Simple Process for Beating Writer’s Block

<i>GIVEAWAY: Monica is giving away 10 copies of her latest book,</i> <i>Write Better, Faster: How To Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day</i><i>, which</i> …

50 Women Over 50 Offer Advice For Finding Friends And Beating Loneliness

Many years ago, I had a good friend who had just gone through a very difficult loss and was overwhelmed with sadness. All I could do for the first few weeks was sit with her while she cried. Over time, she revealed the depth of her guilt and sadness and I realized that it was going to take her a …

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The Complete Guide to Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on The Growth List</i><p>Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our business, or simply time to close our eyes and relax.<p>If you would like to make more effective use of your …

The Long, Complicated, and Secret History of Harley Quinn

If you somehow don't know who Harley Quinn is, <i>Vulture</i> has done a very long and detailed history on her. Even if you do know who she is, this will …

The Valiant #3 Review

Kay and Bloodshot's Excellent Adventure<p>With only one issue left to go The Valiant pushes onward, showing a nice balance between small scale drama and …

Why are Christian movies so painfully bad?

As the world gleefully awaited the release of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> in 2015, Evangelical Christians were awaiting ... well, it would be inaccurate to call <i>Old Fashioned</i> the Christian version of the film, but it's definitely meant to be the Christian <i>response</i>.<p>In the film, Clay, a former frat boy who …

14 Facts About Life to Keep in Mind When Feeling Hopeless

Life can get rough every now and then, and it’s no wonder that we lose hope, get discouraged and can’t figure out why we do what we do.<p>In moments …

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7 writing mistakes you need to stop making today

College requires you to write from your first semester to your last. As a high school senior, you wrote an admissions essay. As a college senior, you will likely write a lengthy thesis based on your studies. And in-between? More research papers than you can count.<p>No matter how much you have written …

Try a Writing Meditation If Sitting Still Isn’t Working For You

Meditation has a ton of benefits, and you can do it lots of ways. Many practices focus on sitting still, but you can also meditate while …

How to Create a Sustainable Writing Income [Interview with Danny Iny]

Creating a sustainable writing income is a struggle.I’m sure you know that!But maybe it’s important to look at some less-obvious applications of your …

Writing

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

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5 TACTICS EVERY WRITER SHOULD KNOW

Writing is a solitary affair. The average writer spends hours in his or her own head receiving, sorting and polishing ideas from the ether. Between …

Skittles Gets To Arizona Early In A Weird Teaser For Its First-Ever Super Bowl Ad

By now, we’re fully accustomed to actually watching teaser ads for actual ads. A sad indication of our culture’s continued decline? Perhaps. But, …

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21 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen In 2015

Looking forward to another year of awesome movie adaptations! In order of release date.

How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

U want 2B a better writer?<p>Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even …

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1984 Was the Best Year in Pop Music Ever

Did Michael Jackson, Prince or Madonna have the best single 30 years ago?<p>If the dystopian warnings in <b>George Orwell</b>'s visionary novel <i>Nineteen</i> …

First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever scientific study

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The Daily Rituals Of Famous Writers

Mornings: you groggily emerge from your bleary-eyed state, fumbling for the snooze button while steering well clear of that drool patch on the …