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30 excuses stopping you from living your best life (and 30 solutions to overcome them)

“I attribute my success to this: — I never gave or took an excuse.” — Florence Nightingale<p>Studies show that failure is among the most common reasons …

Motivation

Why Business Owners Need to Leave Facebook Right Now

It's suicidal to market your business on a platform that can cease to exist at any given moment, including any social media platform. Here's why.<p>In an effort to fight the proliferation of fake news on its platform, Facebook has announced steps to stop the spread of misleading content on its …

Customers

If you’re too busy for these 5 things, your life is more off-course than you think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the …

Self-improvement

6 Recipes That Prove You Should Be Eating Eggs for Dinner

1<p>Poached Eggs With Chile Butter and Yogurt<p>This recipe is guaranteed to hit the spot, thanks to a satisfying combination of warm pita bread, garlicky …

Cooking

Tofu Tikka Masala Is the Meatless Recipe We All Deserve

Make the sauce:<p>Arrange a rack about 6 inches below the broiling unit, and set the oven to broil. Place the onion and ginger on a rimmed baking sheet, …

Curries

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Science Fiction

3 Types of Cinematic Movement That Will Make Your Film More Dynamic

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Filmmaking

David Letterman’s Netflix Show Is An Endless, Awkward Parade Of Liberal Guilt

When I was a teenager, I’d set the VCR every night to tape David Letterman. <i>Late Night</i> started at 1 AM where I lived, sometimes 1:30 AM, so staying up …

Comedy

11 Ways to Become a Productive Writer

To get better, focus on the basics<p><b>Everyone has something to say. Say it well and be heard.</b><p>There’s barely a soul on the planet who doesn’t have …

Creative Writing

J.K. Rowling Sketches And Plot Outlines For Harry Potter

They might be giants: Authors Of new Childrens Books From Left To Right Jenny Nimmo, Joanne Rowling (J.K. Rowling) And Charlotte Voake -18 Nov 1997<p>In …

Books

What Can the First and Final Lines of Famous Films Teach Us About Good Screenwriting?

How do screenwriters bookend the first and final lines of dialogue?By now, we should all be very familiar with Jacob T. Swinney's popular "First and …

Filmmaking

How to Develop Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget • The Reedsy Blog

For any novel to truly connect with readers, the author needs to pay close attention to character development. Even if you’re writing the most …

Creative Writing

16 Ways Type A People Keep Their Homes (Practically) Spotless

My young adult life has been punctuated by a number of different roommates—all of whom were varying degrees of considerate, tidy, and pleasant to be …

Living Rooms

6 Reasons to Personality-Test Your Novel’s Characters BEFORE You Start Writing

A novel’s only as good as its characters, right?In most of my various attempts at writing novels in the past, I didn’t take the trouble of thinking …

Creative Writing

Six Surefire Tips to Improve Your Writing

Laptop to Bookstore #2Birthing a novel is a daunting task and getting your baby published can be even harder.Once you’ve come up with your great idea …

Writing

5 Ways to Handle Disrespectful Behavior from Children

Whether your child rolls her eyes and says, "Whatever Mom!" when you tell her to start her homework or she pretends she can't hear you when you tell …

Self-help

Eleven Rules for Writing from Eight Contemporary Playwrights

Chances are most of us won’t be immediately familiar with the eight mostly British playwrights reflecting on their process in the National Theatre’s …

The Theatre

FREE: Best Screenwriting Tips, Advice, & Downloads

If you’re looking for FREE screenwriting tips and advice to help kick-start your writing career, then you’ll LOVE our vast selection of free …

Writing

I tried a science-backed eating plan tied to a better memory and longer life — and never felt like I was 'dieting'

You could say I've been around the diet block. I've been vegan, restricted my eating to an 8-hour window as part of an intermittent fast, and given ketogenic and vegetarian meal plans a spin — all in an attempt to give myself more energy, feel healthier, and power through the various activities I …

Healthy Eating

5 Drinks Celebs Swear By To Get A Faster Metabolism In The Morning

Celebrities don’t just start their day with a plate of eggs, avocado, and turkey bacon. Many celebs, including these five super famous stars, rely on …

Khloe Kardashian

You Can't Solve This 'Rubik,' But It'll Still Make You Feel Smart

There are two kinds of extremely smart books: The ones that make you feel small and stupid, as if the author is telling you how far above you their intelligence lies, and the ones that makes you feel smart reading them, that demonstrate the author's respect for her reader. <i>Rubik,</i> the debut novel by …

Books

Become the Best You Can Be With These Top 27 Inspirational Quotes

Robert H. Schuller said, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." This is one of the many encouraging quotes that will help keep you on track to realizing your full potential.<p>Office life and work routines can sometimes become a bit drab. When you live a life full of Excel spreadsheets and …

Motivation

This Cauliflower and Date Salad Is the Best Side Dish — Delicious Links

<i>Kitchn's</i> <i>Delicious Links</i><i> column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our …

Cauliflower

Easy chicken paprikash might be the best dish my mom ever taught me

Depending on your mother’s kitchen prowess, you may or may not have treasured recipes of hers that withstand the test of time. I have many such …

Cooking

Paul Thomas Anderson, Greta Gerwig, and 8 More Great Screenwriters Share Their Best Advice

From Issa Rae to Rian Johnson to Nancy Meyers, The Austin Film Fest's "On Story Project" has hosted in-depth screenwriting conversations with some of …

Film Festivals

One Cinematic Technique You Should Keep in Mind When Shooting Dialogue Scenes

Even though scenes with two-person dialogue seem pretty straightforward, there are some things that require a little finesse.Okay, you've got your …

Filmmaking

The Pasta Sauce Hailed as the World's Best Is Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

Just as Julia Child changed the way Americans felt about French cooking, Marcella Hazan changed the way they felt about Italian cooking. And though …

Nutrition

Smashed Pea and Smoked Salmon Toast

Makes 1 Serving<p>Ingredients<p>1teaspoon olive oil<br>• 1/2 cup fresh (or frozen, thawed) peas<br>• Salt<br>• Pepper<br>• 2slices whole wheat bread, toasted<br>• 2ounces smoked salmon, …

Food

Why Filmmaking is Like a Game of Monopoly

Except for the whole "collect $200" bit. We'd be lucky to recoup even a fraction of that.<p>Filmmaking is like a game of Monopoly. In the beginning, it …

Filmmaking

9 Extremely Subtle Signs You Have Too Much Inflammation In Your Body

If you're experiencing signs that your body has inflammation it may crop up in a number of different ways, and be a sign of a number of different …

Wellness