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8 Sharp Techniques to Improve Your Creative Writing Skills

Good composition skills in any facet of creative writing will take you to amazing heights. You should remember that in order for your creative …

6 Stage Plot Structure For Successful Storytelling

Michael Hauge has created a formula around the five turning points and six stages you need to write a good story. Eduardo L. Lozano created this …

I Wrote 150 Porno Novels in Five Years

In an excerpt from 'Sin-a-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties,' the legendary science fiction writer Robert Silverberg divulges how he and other authors learned to write smut.<p><i>The following is an excerpt from 'Sin-a-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties,' a new anthology about the</i> …

Celebrate Short Story Month With These 17 Stellar Short Stories By Contemporary Writers

You can read ‘em all on the Internet, folks.<p>We’re now in the throes of Short Story Month, a gleeful celebration of fiction writing with a word limit. Short stories are typically classified as any work amounting to fewer than 7,500 words, but of course, there’s much more to the form than …

How to Create Dramatic Images with Backlight

When you want to add more drama to your landscape photos, one of the best ways is to make use of backlighting. It’s time to break often repeated rule …

5 Ways You Can Use Mindfulness To Fix Your Brain, Reduce Stress And Boost Performance

There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.<p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to …

Mindfulness

John Steinbeck on Writing, the Crucible of Creativity, and the Mobilizing Power of the Impossible

“A good writer always works at the impossible.”<p>An advocate for the creative benefits of keeping a diary, Virginia Woolf saw this informal practice as training ground on which one can “loosen the ligaments” for formal writing. But hardly anyone has put private writing to more fruitful use as a …

Literature

Want to be a Better Writer? 7 Tips to Help You Improve Your Writing Skills

So, you want to be a writer? Ever since reading your first story, you’ve been dreaming of being able to put your emotions and the world of your …

How To Edit Your Own Writing

<i>This article is by Chloe Waters.</i>My high school writing teacher once said, “A writer views his work the way a mother views her child.” A child is the …

Always Carry A Notebook

Always carry a notebook. And I mean <i>always</i>. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can …

11 People Share Their Weirdest, Most Awkward ‘Sex With Ex’ Stories

<b>1</b>. “We were both invited to MY friend’s wedding (she was my friend first), and I was totally fine with both of us being on the guest list because my …

7 Healthy and Warm Winter Side Dishes

Side dishes are the perfect way to boost your veggie intake and pump up the flavor in any meal. During the cold winter months, they're the ultimate …

7 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Mixing Cocktails

<b>This post originally appeared on Vinepair.com</b><p>It’s a new year, with lots of bright new opportunities for absolutely blowing something. And while we …

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

12 Mind Tricks That Win People Over and Help You Get Ahead

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

Why You Should Read Books From Every Country

Reading books from a narrow set of countries severely limits our literary experienced. We should read books from around the world for a wider …

How to Read an Entire Book in a Single Day

You’ve been putting off reading that book for weeks, and you’re supposed to have read it all by tomorrow. Whether you’re cramming for school, or …

10 Men You Shouldn't Date

As a Professional Matchmaker and founder of The Dating Lounge app, I am constantly being asked if there are certain types of men that a woman simply should not date. And the answer is, yes there are "do not date" men, especially if you truly want to get married and not waste time on "maybes." Many …

This Is How Fox News Brainwashes Its Viewers: Our In-Depth Investigation of the Propaganda Cycle

We all know someone who has become part of the conservative punditry herd and, over time, traded their compassion for paranoia; their thoughtful …

Vegetable Growing Guide

<b>Days to Harvest:</b> A newly planted asparagus patch should not be harvested for its first year -- it needs this time to become established in the garden. The second year, you can harvest selectively over a two-week period. The third year, harvest over four weeks. The fourth year and beyond, you may …

5 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career

There’s nothing easy about launching a freelance writing career. And as the old adage goes, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” In other …

The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

Don't sleep on these bad boys.<p>In 2015, we were overwhelmed by the thoroughly kickass roster of new books on offer. We tore through some, and others we savored slowly. A few disappointed us, while many more thrilled us unexpectedly. Sci-fi, memoir, magical realism, short fiction, very (very) long …

What's Next For London's Queer Scene?

Much-loved venues may be closing down, but the queer scene has always been in flux.<p>Beleaguered by redevelopments and rising rents, London's most iconic queer venues have had a rough year. Stalwarts such as the Black Cap and the Joiners Arms have shut their doors and many more are currently under …

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Grammar Guidelines Versus Grammar Rules

Guidelines vs. grammar rules.In grammar, there are rules and then there are guidelines. Rules may sometimes be broken, but usually breaking the rules …

Four Classes That Will Have You Writing and Speaking More Clearly In No Time

<b>We all learn our first lesson</b> in communication at birth, and we have to be very good at it to get what we need at a young age. Then, as we grow, we …

4 Subtle Mistakes with Verbs: Don’t Make Readers Yawn and Editors Cringe

Why should you care about verbs?As long as you know your irregular verbs, you’re okay as a writer, right?This post isn’t about boring grammar …