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10 Novels Agents Have Already Seen a Billion Times

10 Novels Agents Have Already Seen a Billion TimesLooking for inspiration? Don’t go with any of thesePhoto by Paul SablemanA s a literary agent, I …

7 Inspiring Writing Tips From On Writing Well

I’ve had the book <i>On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction</i> by William Zinsser on my shelf since my pre-law school journalism days. …

The 10 Best Ways To Edit Your Copy, According To The Experts

Want to become a more effective copy-editor?<p>If you’re like most writers, you’ll rarely produce your best copy on the first draft. That’s why editing is the key to making your copy shine.<p>To find out the best ways to edit your content, I asked editors at <i>Forbes</i>, <i>The New York Times</i> and other top-tier …

Creative Writing

Filter words and phrases it's best to avoid in writing fiction

<i>Filter words act like a veil between the reader and the character</i><p><b>by Kathy Steinemann</b><p>This article provides a list of writing filters, with practical …

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5 Overused Words in Fiction

I’m deep in the throes of editing my current WIP right now, <b>Broken Time</b>, which is why my poor blog has been taking a backseat. And what this really …

Creative Writing

The 3 Tiers of Point of View Technique: Observation, Interpretation & Imagination

By Richard Broderick in Flickr Creative CommonsOur guest today is Julia Fierro, author of novels <i>The Gypsy Moth Summer</i> (to be released on June 6th) …

Narrative Techniques for Storytellers

Find out how narrative techniques can improve the stories you write!Today’s post includes excerpts from <i>What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction</i> …

Create Characters Your Reader Will Care About – by Liz Fielding

Tweet<i>Author Liz Fielding joins us today with a stellar post on creating characters.</i> Romantic fiction is character led.A plot, a story is important, …

How to Write With Emotion and Make Your Readers Feel

As writers, no matter what our goals are, there is something we should all strive to do: make our readers feel. Whether that feeling be hope, …

Direct vs indirect characterization: 8 tips and examples

Characterization, the art of breathing life into a fictional character, has many facets. We can separate this aspect of craft into direct …

The Trailer for Emilia Clarke's New Movie Will Give You Legit Nightmares

Who knew 1950s Tuscany was so scary?<p>In between slaying dragons on <i>Game of Thrones</i> (and slaying in general), Emilia Clarke found time to film a movie …

Game of Thrones

'Game of Thrones' Everything to Know: An Overview of Jon Snow

Our 'Everything to Know' series continues with a closer look at Kit Harington's brooding hero.<p><i>Welcome to</i> <b>The Hollywood Reporter's</b> <i>"Everything to Know"</i> …

TV Series

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Spoilers: Isaac Hempstead Wright Isn’t Convinced Bran Will Survive

Heading into Season 7 of “Game of Thrones,” Bran is in an interesting position. He’s the only one with information about Jon Snow’s parents, and he’s …

Grammar Shorts: Comma Conundrums | Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

“Choosing whether or not to insert a comma is the same as choosing whether or not to buy a house.” ― Chloe Thurlow, Katie in Love<p>By Scott Biddulph<p>I …

Creative Writing

Character Introductions: Part 11

Think there’s nothing to introducing characters in a script? Think again!<p>Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a deep dive into the subject of …

Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist

“In nearly all good fiction, the basic — all but inescapable — plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite …

Creative Writing

Character Introductions: Part 6

Think there’s nothing to introducing characters in a script? Think again!<p>Over the next few weeks, I’m doing a deep dive into the subject of character …

Kit Harington Does A Very, Very Bad Southern Accent

Kit Harington is a great actor. He really is. Thanks to his serious face and his perfect curly 'do, his <i>Game of Thrones</i> character, Jon Snow, will live …

TV Series

Conflict is More Important than Character

I know that this is an unpopular opinion. Truthfully, there are countless people who are smarter and more successful than I am, who believe the exact …

Writing

COLUMN: An Illustrated History of Love and Sex Among the Literati

This article first appeared in The National Book Review<p>COLUMN: THE BIBLIOPHILE<p>The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon<p>Bloomsbury USA, 96 pp.<p>By Simone Grace Seol<p>What is better than art and gossip? An eminently well-read …

Game of Thrones ends after season 8: Here are 6 possible outcomes

<b>It’s a question I ask myself on a daily basis – how the hell will Game of Thrones play out?</b><p>I’m not alone in this – the fans are desperate to …

20 greatest Game of Thrones episodes EVER from seasons 1 to 6

Usually by this time of year we'd "only" have to wait three months or so for a new <i>Game of Thrones</i> episode. But in 2017, we have to wait until at …

How to begin a novel: 8 ways to captivate

How satisfying is a novel that sinks its hooks in from the first page? Knowing how to begin a novel so that you captivate readers from the first …

Books

Fights break out at malls across United States

<b>(CNN) —</b> Massive brawls and food-court fights played out at more than a dozen malls across the country in what proved to be a chaotic day after Christmas.<p>Some of the mayhem was captured on social media. The chaos prevented some shoppers from grabbing clothes off clearance racks and returning …

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Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed<p>The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a …

Time Management

My Little Free Library war: How our suburban front-yard lending box made me hate books and fear my neighbors

This gift from my wife was supposed to be harmless fun — but now when people stop, all I feel is dread<p><i>We're re-running this story as part of a countdown of the year's best personal essays. To read all the entries in the series, click here.</i><p>Saturday mornings unsettle me. Especially when the weather’s …

9 New Year's Resolutions to Tackle in 2017

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Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

Download These Free Apps to Watch Free Streaming Movies on the Go

9 Free Apps for Watching Streaming Movies<p>Access Free Streaming Movies With These Apps<p>Updated July 02, 2018<p>This list of free movie apps will put …

Smart TV

Giving the Writing Process Back to Our Students (Part 2): Teaching Students To Find Their Own Mentor Texts

I just finished writing the first part of this little series. It describes the beginning of our work in our fiction writing unit and how I discovered …