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Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury Writes Back to Preschooler's Question

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury received a question from a preschool class about Band-Aids and took the time out of his day to write back to the youngster.<p>Hat tip to Ty Duffy of The Big Lead, @CoogsHouse13 for the find.

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8 Steps to Starting a Writing Habit That Sticks

<i>Originally posted on andrewdeyoung.com:</i><p>"I wish I could find the time to write more."<p>I hear this all the time. Everyone I meet wishes they could write more, it seems: some would like to write a novel, while others just want to blog more consistently or keep a personal journal. But between jobs, …

The readers' editor on… protecting the victims when writing about sexual abuse

The Guardian does have a moral responsibility when writing about such a sensitive issue<p>Sexual abuse is one of the most difficult subjects about which to write. There is a high risk of sensationalism. To combat that risk every word used has to bear in mind the victims, who may also include those …

7 Ways to Get Creative With String Lights

String lights are an ultra-romantic, yet affordable décor detail that can totally transform a space. Also called twinkle or bistro lights, they’re a …

5 Must-Haves for Getting Your Marriage License, Which You Kinda Need Before Your Wedding

Did I say you "kinda" need a marriage license? I meant you "totally" do, because you won't be legally married unless you wrangle a marriage license <i>before</i> you swap vows. Here are five things you'll need to get one:<p><b>1. A few days.</b> In some states, you need to secure your marriage license at least 72 …

Did you see my styled shoot for Kate Spade New York? The 'Will you be my bridesmaid' theme was such a fun and festive one! Smitten with sequins? Confetti? Polka dots? And Stripes? If so, be sure to pop on over to The Perfect Palette to see all of the pretty party ideas I had! Photos courtesy of Lauren Rae Photography LOVE letters from The Wedding Outlet fine china from Kate Spade and confetti poppers from etsy seller Posieproject http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2014/01/a-chic-and-swanky-kate-spade-inspired.html

Novel Building From the Bones up: Two Pros Contrast Indie vs. Traditional Writing Process

First of all, let's define "pro:" for the purposes of this article, a pro is someone who earns his/her primary income from writing. My friend Toby Neal and I are pros, with multiple novels and credits of various kinds under our belts. In our chats about writing, we've discovered we each have a very …

The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in …

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This Chic DIY Shoe Display Is Easier Than You'd Think

<i>Have a minute? That’s all it took us to get hooked on Leaf.tv, an addictive new site from content queens Erin Falconer and Geri Hirsch. Leaf.tv</i> …

Hair Raisers: At-Home Treatments

Take the health of your hair up a notch with these natural recipes that promise to transform your tresses.<p><b>SUPERCHARGE COLOR</b> Regardless of shade, when it comes to your hair's hue, the goal is always the same—keep it bright and fresh like you just stepped out of the salon. "Apple cider vinegar …

13 Secrets to Long, Thick, Shiny Hair

We all want a mane of soft, silky, touchable locks. But the reality is that hair grows only about a half inch per month. Want to jump-start the process? Read on for insider tips to stop hair's biggest enemy — breakage — and keep strands strong.<p>START IN THE SHOWER<p><b>Go sulfate free.</b> Overwashing can dry …

Editor Tested: Hot Vinyasa Flow Yoga

<i>From Bikram to Hatha, there are a ton of various types of yoga out there. But one of the trendiest types to hit the fitness scene is hot power flow</i> …

16 Books That'll Amp Up Your Creativity

Is it just us, or does the self-help section of the bookstore feel kind of heavy? You know, like it's carrying the burdens of thousands of readers, …

How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More

Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love<p>This year, I talked to nearly 50 different writers for the By Heart series, a weekly column about beloved quotes and cherished lines. Each author shared the life-changing, values-shaping passages that …

Report: Controversial judge orders man to write 'Boys do not hit girls' 5,000 times

The Montana judge who sparked a furor when he sentenced a former teacher to 30 days in jail for the rape of a 14-year-old girl has ordered a man convicted of punching his girlfriend to write “Boys do not hit girls,” 5,000 times, it was reported Tuesday.<p>District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Pace …

Writing fiction becomes a way to go deep inside... • literary jukebox

Writing fiction becomes a way to go deep inside yourself and illuminate precisely the stuff you don’t want to see or let anyone else see, and this stuff usually turns out (paradoxically) to be precisely the stuff all writers and readers everywhere share and respond to, feel. Fiction becomes a weird …

Creative Writing

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: A Challenge for 2014

In case you haven't noticed, it's that time of year again, when the air and the internets are thick with talk of resolutions. As I've grown older and withered under the weight of many a lengthy to do list, I've tried to simplify my resolutions, culling them down to just one or two. I'm not even …

The Four Most Common Stumbling Blocks for Writers: How to Overcome Them and Keep that New Year's Resolution to Write Your Novel

"I'm going to finally write that book," you vowed on New Year's Eve. Maybe you whispered it to your partner in bed, or brazenly trumpeted out your resolution at a party, champagne in hand.<p>Either way, now what? How can you start writing that novel or, more importantly, finish it?<p>As I head into 2014, …

The 5 Step Process to Develop Life Long Motivation

<i>Motivation</i> is often cited as the magical answer to everything you want. If you were motivated you would lose that weight, write that book, start the …

Why You Should Use Symbolism In Your Writing

This guest post is by James Hall. James is a programmer by day, writer by night. He is currently working on a fantasy novel called <i>Greybo: A Dwarven</i> …

The Secret of The Writer's Mantra

This post is by our newest regular contributor Carlos Cooper. He is author of the <i>My Name Is…</i> series, the <i>Corps Justice</i> novels and <i>The Chronicles of</i> …

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What to Do When Fear Takes Over

I’m not ready.<br>I’m not good enough.<br>That’s not my book to write.<br>That book’s already been written.<br>What if they hate it?<br>I’m scared.<p>Sound familiar?<p>Never …

Writing

On Saying Goodbye to a Character

Dear Reader,<p>I often get asked which of my books or characters are my favorites. This is an impossible question to answer and I usually answer with something like, "The ones I'm with."<p>See, every time I write a book, I lose myself in the world I'm creating so completely, I usually do nothing but sit …

A Novel Experience

Decisions never fully satisfy everyone involved. Often times, what may seem like a compromise, is really just a cloaking mechanism to mask selfish desire. In the case of a struggling family, decisions by one party ripple into life shattering consequences, even when intentions are seemingly …

Paris Review - Ernest Hemingway, The Art of Fiction No. 21

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 18, Spring 1958<p>Ernest Hemingway, ca. 1939. Photograph by Lloyd Arnold<p>HEMINGWAY<p>You go to the races?<p>INTERVIEWER<p>Yes, occasionally.<p>HEMINGWAY<p>Then you read the Racing Form ... There you have the true art of fiction.<p>—Conversation in a Madrid café, May 1954<p>Ernest …

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Paris Review - David Mitchell, The Art of Fiction No. 204

Interviewed by Adam Begley<p>Issue 193, Summer 2010<p>Mitchell in 2010.<p>The early life of David Mitchell, spent in the town of Malvern in Worcestershire, England, was ordinary and uneventful—as he puts it, “white, straight, and middle-class.” Things got more exciting when, at twenty-four, he fell in love …

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