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Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

Basic Plot for the Beginning Writers<p>Updated October 23, 2017<p>If, like many people, you labor under the idea that for "real" writers, plot comes …

8 of the Best Mark Twain Books By (and About) the Great Humorist

For a writer who died in 1910, the last decade has brought with it a host of (more or less) new books by Mark Twain. This has included his three-volume <i>Autobiography of Mark Twain</i>, which was (at its author’s request) published for the first time a century after his death.<p>This also includes a …

Literature

How to make a good story excellent: 9 steps

Learning how to make a good story great requires mastering the essentials of writing craft: Plot (cause and effect), characterization, narration, …

The Elements of Storytelling

The World's Greatest BookWhether you’re a writer, a speaker, or a business professional, storytelling empowers you to connect successfully with …

The Da Vinci Code code: what's the formula for a bestselling book?

Steve Berry could be forgiven for asking himself every day what it takes to make a book a global bestseller. Back in 2003, the former lawyer published a novel that placed well-known myths in a conspiracy web to create a page-turning thriller.<p>Sound familiar? It should, except you’re thinking of Dan …

Books

Character Introductions: Part 1

Think there’s nothing to introducing characters in a script? Think again!<p>Every afternoon, I tweet something about the screenwriting craft, 140 …

Screenwriting

Character description examples: 7 lessons from famous books

Character description examples from major authors give us useful lessons in how to write characters. Here are 7 character sketches from famous novels …

Edgar Allan Poe Book Covers

Delightfully Macabre, Vintage Edgar Allan Poe Book Covers. Styles change, but they're all just right for what's inside them.<br>*<br>The Road to <i>Riverdale</i>: …

Comic Books

If you own a copy of this famous Mark Twain book with a typo, you could be sitting on $160,000

If you're a grammar nerd or someone who pays intimate attention to detail, there can be nothing as irksome as a incorrect grammar – be it a spelling error, improper punctuation or a harmless typo.<p>Aside from being a pain and total distraction to the reader, major typos can actually result in major …

Working From Home Usually Means Longer Hours For Less Money

If we’re going to truly enjoy the benefits of flexible jobs, we need to change how we (and our companies) view telecommuting.<p>Telecommuting sounds like a dream. Instead of sitting in traffic, you get to spend an extra hour in bed. The coffee is better, you don’t have to listen to the inane jabbering …

Is flexible working biased against non-parents?

<b>When the right to request flexible working was extended to all employees in 2014, the move was heralded as a game changer in the workplace.</b><p>With anyone eligible to ask to work from home and/or reduce their hours, it seemed that a narrative long synonymous with working mothers and childcare had …

Simple Ways to Promote Well-Being in the Workplace

CBRE Headquarters, Los Angeles, Architect: Gensler<p>There is a growing volume of research that demonstrates the value in building strategies that contribute to healthier employees. Workplace wellness programmes now represent a $6 billion-a-year industry, yet usually they don’t incorporate the work …

Jennifer Newman: Depression, anxiety often symptoms of a negative work environment

Mental illness affects millions of Canadians across the country. And a lot of the time, they can be brought on by work.<p>According to the Canadian …

Mental Health

More executives 'working part-time'

<b>An increasing number of senior staff are working part-time, according to a study by Timewise, a group which campaigns for flexible working.</b><p>One in six of those who earn more than £40,000 a year now work fewer than five days a week, the study said.<p>That represents a rise of 12% over the past two years.<p>…

Sorry, Working From Home Isn't the Future of Job Flexibility

Quick: When you dream of a more flexible work life, what does it look like? For most of us, the holy grail is working from home—but the future of …

The Surprising Benefits of Having Fun at Work

Since you have to be there all day anyway, make enjoying it one of the things you get done daily.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today we celebrate National Fun at Work Day. This unofficial holiday is known by some to always be celebrated on January 28, but some prefer …

How to get your boss to let you work from home

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Winter weather wreaking havoc on your daily commute? Had it driving or taking public …

5 Ways To Be Happier At Work

Whenever a report comes out ranking the world’s happiest countries, I eagerly search for the United States and am always disappointed to find it never makes the top ten. The latest, the “World Happiness Report 2016 Update,” puts the United States in the 13th spot nestled between Austria and Costa …

Happiness

Why we can’t achieve work-life balance

We are being asked to do more with less at work which means working well beyond our allotted nine hours each day.<p>Our children are exposed to as many …

The European Court Just Ruled Muslim Girls In Switzerland Should Take Swimming Lessons With Boys

"The Court observed that school played a special role in the process of social integration, and one that was all the more decisive where pupils of foreign origin were concerned."<p>Muslim girls in Switzerland should not be exempt from mixed-sex school swimming lessons, the European Court of Human …

Pagan priest in Maine wins right to wear goat horns on state ID card

A pagan priest in Maine has won the right to wear goat horns on his state identification card.<p>Phelan Moonsong, of Millinocket, Maine, persuaded the state's bureau of motor vehicles that his goat horns should be treated in the same way as a Sikh's turban or nun's habit.<p>The horns have been part of Mr …

Paganism

Neither Reformation nor Enlightenment: The Seeds of Religious Freedom Within Islam

“What Islam needs is a Reformation.” One often hears claims like this made in the Western media. Put another way, it is an Enlightenment that Islam …

Americans — not just liberals — have a religious literacy problem

The idea that liberals and cultural elites suffer from religious illiteracy is now widely accepted, by both the accusers and the accused.New York Timesexecutive editor Dean Baquet confessed to NPR’s Terry Gross that “media powerhouses don't quite get religion.” Former Obama White House staffer and …

A Former Evangelical Says Donald Trump’s Administration is What Their Community Always Dreamed Of

January 30, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>Kieryn Darkwater</b> grew up in a conservative evangelical family, where they were homeschooled and taught to eventually …

Does Religious Participation Contribute to Human Flourishing?

Communal forms of religious participation sometimes come under criticism for promoting narrow-minded perspectives or even contributing to violence …

‘The Young Pope’ Recap, Episode 5: Let’s Start A Revolution

At night, the Pope dreams of his parents as they leave him. They’re beautiful young hippies who are receding on a ferry. So, the Young Pope’s parents …

Austria to ban full-face veil in public places

<b>Austria's ruling coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and schools.</b><p>It is also considering a more general ban on state employees wearing the headscarf and other religious symbols.<p>The measures are seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the far-right …

Opportunities for Innovation in Traditional Classes

Last week on Twitter, there was a conversation about whether innovation was necessary in some traditional subject areas based on this criteria …