Vincent Barrato

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Words to Avoid When Writing an Academic Assignment

Academic language is all about technical terms, informal tone, objective perspective, references, and citation. Choosing the right words also implies …

If America becomes a dystopian hellscape, it might look like this

A haunting new novel lays out a nightmarish vision of America’s future.<p>It’s 2075 and America is sunk deep in its second civil war.<p>Everything has gone to hell. Coastal cities have disappeared under a rising sea; a weaponized plague has killed almost a third of the population; fossil fuels (after …

5 online writing communities for fiction authors

Writing a novel has traditionally been a lonely pursuit. No matter how crowded your head may be with characters, getting those words down on paper …

5 Benefits of Journaling To Inspire and Motivate You

Keeping a journal is one of the most rewarding habits you can develop. In fact, even key players in history valued it for its benefits.Despite the …

Chasing the Unicorn: Why Writing Is Work

The notion that writing is a skill worthy of comparison to a magical, profitable beast might seem good for business. (It’s certainly good for my …

Thirteen Great Tools That Will Make Your Writing Shine | The Digital Reader

Writing is hard, even at the best of times. Putting down your thoughts in an orderly and compelling manner can be excruciating, so much so that …

Fitzgerald Didn't Satisfy This Author, So She Wrote Her Own 'Gatsby'-Inspired Novel

F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved American novel <i>The Great Gatsby</i> is about the messiness of chasing the American dream. But author Stephanie Powell Watts says something about the book left her unsatisfied.<p>"I loved it when I was a kid and read it for the first time. ... But subsequent readings, I felt …

The Writer's Journey - 5 Exercises To Get You Started

<b>A different way of being in the world</b><p>This morning, when I woke up to write this blog, I had a headache. I didn’t feel like a writer. I didn’t feel …

Creative Writing

How to Get Your Writing on the Road to Being Read and Spread - Copyblogger

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.<p>It’s something the immortals — from Aristotle to Ogilvy to Mamet — have known, but few have stated it as …

5 Ways to Help Middle Schoolers Write Beyond the Bare Minimum

Teaching writing is not for the faint of heart—especially in middle school! By this age, it’s harder to trick students into thinking writing is fun, …

The Most Common Entry-Level Mistake in the Writing Game

Photo credit: sbluerock via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SAToday’s guest post by author Larry Brooks (@storyfix) is excerpted from <i>Writing Voice: The</i> …

Writing

How to Write Your Life

Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom — the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your …

Creative Writing

The Subtle Horror of Margaret Atwood’s ‘This Is a Photograph of Me’

I could have picked any number of wonderful poems, but the first that popped to mind was one I found five years ago in a poetry book I randomly bought at a used bookstore in Oakland. (The shop’s name is too good not to mention: Walden Pond Books. Looking back, maybe it was a sign that I would one …

6 Proofreading Tips to Create a Mistake-Free Resume

Your resume is one of the first impressions a hiring manager will have when you apply to a new job or position. As one of the few materials a hiring …

Employment

25 writing tips from Stephen King’s book On Writing

I’m in the process of writing my first book (latest update here,) and I recently read devoured Stephen King’s book, <i>On Writing</i>.As an aside, I’ve read …

Twelve Quick Tricks For Writing An Engaging Headline

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, “fake news” and clickbait, writing great headlines is more important than ever to stand out in the media. Audiences don’t respond well to gimmicks or to being misled by an article, so it’s critical to find a balance between engaging and honest. Focus on your …

How to Write a Journal: 6 Tips

Do you keep a journal? I do. It is how I remember the travels I’ve taken, the life experiences I’ve enjoyed, and the litter boxes I’ve cleaned.We are …

Never Call Yourself a Writer, and Other Rules for Writing

By Shawna KenneyFirst thought, best thought; revise, revise, revise. Write first thing in the morning when the mind is alert; write at night and …

Writing

Signs of a Decent Writing Service for Students

A Google search for online writing services will bring up millions of results – literally millions. Obviously, for a newbie who has never used a …

Failing to Write a Novel in the Most Distraction-Free Place on Earth

It is a prevalent fantasy among writers that if only one had a quiet place to work, equally free of onerous responsibilities and of pleasurable diversions, one would be able to bring forth the book that it is otherwise impossible to produce. We complain to our partners or spouses or even our …

How to Meet Tight Deadlines Without Sacrificing Creativity

In today's fast-paced world, entrepreneurs have very few windows dedicated to uninterrupted focus. Here's some good news: You can flex your creative muscles and craft top-notch solutions while the dark clouds of tight deadlines loom overhead.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their …

Creativity

Our cult of "genius" is blinding us to true genius all around, say Leonardo da Vinci's biographers

Individuals canonized as “genius” are often thought of as supernaturally gifted, as if touched by the divine. But the religious root of the 14th century Latin word actually means “a guiding spirit,” present for all humans. And by forgetting its original meaning and looking only for people who are …

Creativity

Purple Prose: What It Is and How to Exterminate It

The first time I heard the term “purple prose” I was puzzled. Exactly what mistake was I being warned against. For years afterward I felt I knew …

Creative Writing

April 4th Writing Exercise: Usurp

Our overworked administrator is getting a well-deserved break today, so we figured you all might like to take this time to exercise your writing …

'Students who use shorter sentences get better exam results – here's how to help your class to be concise'

Twitter has recently brought a certain interesting pattern to my attention: the correlation between shorter sentences and higher performance in exams.<p>…

Lessons on Creativity and Productivity From the Man Who Wrote 400 Porn Novels

Dramatic career pivots aren’t usually prompted by mail order porn novels. But Andrew Offutt isn’t an ordinary person.<p>After noticing the poor quality …

What to do if no one reads what you write.

How to break out of your echo chamber.<p>I’ve been a professional writer for more than 20 years.<p>I know how it feels to screw up your nerve and post …

Starting a Writing Business: How to Structure Your Professional Author Career

If you really want to succeed as an author, you have to think about more than just writing—you have to treat your career like a business.<p>That means …

We Read Too, History’s Most Popular Books, and More

StaffDaily NewsColum McCann’s writing advice; Patricia Lockwood on her new memoir, <i>Priestdaddy</i>; the changing definition of historical fiction; and …

Books