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Storyist for Mac Is a Powerful Writing App That’s Made for Fiction: $16 (Orig. $59)

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Writing anything meaningful in Word is like pulling teeth. If you want to pen your own novel or write a screenplay, Storyist for …

Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity

“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.”<p>There is a kind of loneliness that lodges itself in the psyche and never fully leaves, a loneliness most anguishing not in solitude but in …

Why Second-Person Point of View Is Rarely Used in Fiction

Second-person point of view is a form of writing in which the point of view of a narrative work is told in the voice of the "onlooker," which is you, …

Best Book Writing Software: Word vs. Scrivener

When you’re writing a book, you might come to this point where exasperation turns to desperation and you think: “There has to be a better way. There …

Writing

Someone has made the most peaceful-looking video game we've ever seen, and it's literature nerd paradise

An action-packed video game like <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> or <i>Call of Duty</i> sends players on secret missions and bloody battles. <i>The Sims</i> is all about power and …

Scrivener Review: Best Word Processing App for iPad and iPhone

iPhone and iPad word processors are nearly as plentiful on the App Store as flashlight apps. In order to stand out from the crowded selection, developers need to offer products that meet a specific need. In the case of prose composition, one word processing app that enables the narrative (e.g. …

Scrivener

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World

The ascent of Donald Trump has proved Neil Postman’s argument in Amusing Ourselves to Death was right. Here’s what we can do about it<p>Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references …

Literature

Old Hay Barn Converted To A Modern Guest House Filled With Light

It used to be just another old hay barn. It didn’t really have a purpose anymore. Then, in 2016, someone decided to make something out of it. That’s …

With Mysteries, Knut Hamsun rewrote the novel's rules

This strange tale of a quixotic young man disturbing the equilibrium of a Norwegian town also disturbed accepted ways of depicting inner life<p>We’ve all heard of rebels without a cause, desperate for something to defy. Then there are rebels without a clue, who have no idea what they are defying, or …

Literature

How to Write Like Stephen King

There are many ways to approach writing a story: you can interview your characters first, plot the story before you start writing, or use Stephen …

Creative Writing

Surface Book Review: The Stylish Laptop That Trumps Your MacBook Pro

This week, I continue my look at the alternatives to the MacBook Pro with a device that packs in power, redefined what a laptop could achieve, and has a striking design ethos all of its own. Microsoft’s Surface Book.<p>Over the years the MacBook Pro design has become stale. With this year’s iteration …

Microsoft Surface

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 11: Find Your Voice

So far in this series, I've been offering tips that can be used right away, by just about anyone who writes.<p>But now we come to something that can require significant time and dedication: finding your voice as a writer. The good news is you can start making progress today.<p>What is does it mean to …

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Free Ruby Books

You are here: Home ▶ Ruby<p>Posted on November 18th, 2013<p>This book explores several themes with the following goals in mind: To have knowledge of the …

Programming

MacTrast Deals: Scrivener 2 – The Award-Winning Writing App Used by Best-Selling Authors

Here’s your chance to find out why writing professionals everywhere use Scrivener 2 to create and manage their writing projects. And, for a limited …

Scrivener

Moleskine launches its Smart Writing Set to digitize your brainstorm

Hemingway, 2016<p>For the past week or so, I've been taking all of my notes for meetings, interviews, to-dos, and more in a Moleskine notebook. That's not unusual at all – I've been jotting notes down in Moleskine's notebooks for years. What is different is that all of those notes are now on my iPad, …

IPad Pro

The Creator of 'You're the Worst' Talks About Writing, Clichés, and Love

We talk to Stephen Falk about how to write a romcom without getting soppy.<p>Mulder and Scully, Niles and Daphne, Dappy and Luisa Zissman—there are so many TV relationships that teetered on a will-they-won't-they dynamic that it's gone beyond a cliché to become the blueprint of a television …

TV

MacTrast Deals: BaseRails Ruby on Rails Training: Lifetime Subscription

Ruby on Rails powers many of the web applications you use on a daily basis, and Ruby developers are in high demand! Find your place in this hot …

Programming

A Deep Dive into Ruby Scopes

The Ruby language was designed with a pure object-oriented approach. In Ruby, everything is an object.<p>Object-oriented design provides encapsulation …

Rick Searle Box of a Trillion Souls - Stephen Wolfram thinks we’ll end up in the Matrix

“The cybernetic structure of a person has been refined by a very large, very long, and very deep encounter with physical reality.”—Jaron …

Singularity

Legendary Productivity And The Fear Of Modern Programming

Ritika Trikha Contributor<p>Ritika Trikha is a tech writer at HackerRank.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley<p>JavaScript master Douglas Crockford once said that software is the most complex thing that humans have ever created. It’s made up of intricate bits …

Virtual Reality

The 15 Best Philosophical Movies of The 21st Century

8. Gone Baby Gone<p>Ben Affleck’s best film (and don’t let anyone kid you about Argo, which is good but not this good), Gone Baby Gone is an exploration …

Ben Affleck

Microsoft Surface Book review | On MSFT

Microsoft calls this device the ultimate laptop and I’ve been using it as my daily driver for close to a month now since it landed on my doorstep on …

How swarm intelligence could save us from the dangers of AI

We’ve heard a lot of talk recently about the dangers of artificial intelligence. From Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, to Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak, luminaries around the globe have been sounding the alarm, warning that we could lose control over this powerful technology — after all, AI is about …

On Sex in Fiction

<i>Noy Holland, author of the new novel,</i> Bird<i>, which PW called "fascinating" and "powerful," tackles one of the most difficult subjects in writing.</i><p>There …

Artists

How To Outline Your Novel In Scrivener

A while back (okay, a long while back), I wrote about the value of outlining your novel. It’s a great way to get the plot and structure of your book …

A pro-grade action camera with no learning curve

GoPro owns the action camera market it invented and the routine emergence of new competitors only seems to make GoPro’s sales go up. Why would anyone try to compete?<p>In creating The People’s Action Camera, Utah-based Vidi did not set out to target GoPro. It is instead aiming for more …

Fed up with years of bad internet service, a small community of islanders built their own network from scratch

Frustrated with slow internet service and frequent outages? A rural community in Washington state was—enough so that residents decided to take matters into their owns hands.<p>A group of neighbors on Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands, rebelled against local internet service provider …

Internet

Amazon begins a new chapter with opening of first physical bookstore

World’s biggest online retailer opens shop in Seattle’s University Village stocked with 6,000 books at same price as on its website<p>Amazon is opening its first physical bookstore, 20 years after the world’s biggest online retailer started selling publications on the internet.<p>The company will unveil …

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