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There's More Than Enough Time, When You Use the Time You Have

Have you ever been so busy that you struggled to notice the needs of those around you?<p>Have you ever been so busy that you struggled to notice the needs of those around you? Even those most dear to you?<p>Even worse than being over-busy is being distracted by things with little or no value -- like …

Writing Insights Part One: Becoming a Writer

I started writing my first novel when I was twelve years old. I was thirty-three when I completed my first rough draft. That’s twenty years of <i>wanting</i> …

How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

<b>I love foreshadowing and if used correctly it will propel your story to exciting new heights. Think about some of your favorite movies or books and</b> …

All of Quentin Tarantino's films, ranked best to worst

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Why Men Pretend to Be Women to Sell Thrillers

Over the last decade, female writers have come to dominate crime fiction, a genre traditionally associated with men. But their appeal goes beyond the byline.<p>Almost 10 years ago, Martyn Waites, a British crime writer, was having coffee with his editor. Waites, who was at something of a loose end …

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

I can give you professional writing advice until the cows come home, but at the end of the day, I’m not a bestselling author or a member of America’s …

Revise, Revise, Revise

Revise, revise, revise. I cannot stress this enough. Revision is when you do what you should have done the first time, but didn’t. It’s like washing …

Handy

What's the secret of successful crime writing? We asked three of the very best and their answer might surprise you

Val McDermid, Lee Child and Dennis Lehane pinpoint methods, inspiration and influences that inform their world-wide blockbuster books.<p>Dennis Lehane …

Books

These 9 behaviors could cut your dementia risk by 35 percent

Quitting smoking, being social, and exercising more can boost your brain health.<p>Dementia has long been thought of as an inevitable part of aging, but researchers are increasingly learning that’s not quite true.<p>About a third of dementia cases might actually be avoided by living a lifestyle that …

The Brain

To make your phone battery last all day, follow these four simple steps

As mobile phone users, all we want is enough battery life to last the day. Frustratingly, the older the device, the less power it seems to have. In fact, the amount of battery life our mobiles have on any given day depends on two key factors: how we use them on that particular day, and how we used …

Learn About Wonder Woman Creator’s Sex Life in New Movie Trailer

Earlier this year, the world fell in love with Wonder Woman in her long-overdue origin movie. But later this fall the origins of her creator, William …

Void Star is a beautiful novel about connections in our cybernetic future

Balancing literary introspection and power armor<p>In the relatively near future, artificial intelligences have completely transcended human understanding, so much so that they can barely comprehend our existence. That’s the background of Zachary Mason’s new literary cyberpunk thriller <i>Void Star</i>, which …

Captain Hook Fish and Chips

In the 1982 comedy film <i>Fast Times at Ridgemont High</i>—based on Cameron Crowe’s 1981 nonfiction book of the same name—several of the main characters are …

'The Big Sick' is the best romantic comedy in recent memory — and you can see it now

"Knocked Up" paved the way for explicit comedy that tells emotional human stories. It's a laugh-out-loud vulgar comedy, but at its heart it's a love story about growing up.<p>Director, writer, and producer Judd Apatow started a trend with the movie (one that technically started with "The 40-Year Old …

Film Festivals

Is Cultural Appropriation Ever Appropriate?

SOME YEARS AGO, I wrote a screenplay about a freed American slave who turned up in London in 1809 and quickly proved himself a boxer capable of …

‘Less’ is the funniest novel you’ll read this year

By Ron Charles<p>, Editor, Book World<p>Heat we expected, but who knew July would bring such a refreshing rain of comic novels? Not that many years ago, the summer was a wasteland where publishers dumped desiccated titles they didn’t think could take root in the verdant soil of spring or fall. But this …

Books

5 Writing Tricks That Will Keep Readers With Short Attention Spans Interested

Use these basic copywriting principles to keep your reader's attention and your emails out of the trash<p>Ask any copywriter to name their biggest challenge today, and ten to one will tell you it's writing for the ever-shrinking attention span.<p>Whether we really do have shorter attention spans than …

How To Launch Your Freelance Writing Career

There is lots of content out there about what a great career freelance writing is. And they make it look so easy. You just hook up with an agency, take gigs from job boards, sign up on “bid to write” sites, and life becomes wonderful – you can sit on the beach, just write, and make boatloads of …

Employment

Who’s Who in Netflix’s ‘The Standups’

Photos: Getty Images ; Illustration: Dillen Phelps<p><b>Nate Bargatze</b><br>Bargatze is a rising comedian whose name you should learn. <i>Rolling Stone</i>, <i>Esquire</i>, and …

75 Mobile Games You Should Be Playing Right Now

Xenoraid<p>You may think you've played shoot em' up games like <i>Xenoraid</i> before, piloting a spacecraft through oncoming waves of enemies. But Xenoraid …

How ‘Inside Out’ Teaches Screenwriters the Trick to Writing A Personal Script — Watch

The Oscar-winning Pixar movie is a masterclass in personal screenwriting.<p>The geniuses over at Pixar are well regarded for their breakthroughs in …

Filmmaking

Schoolboys show up to school in skirts in protest over strict uniform policy

<b>Schoolboys showed up to school this morning dressed in skirts in protest at a no-shorts uniform policy despite the heatwave.</b><p>Students at ISCA Academy …

7 Thought-Provoking Books for Your Summer Reading List

Prepare to be inspired by these great reads.<p>The summer seems like ideal time for reading. Maybe it all relates to time. Longer days, more time outdoors, and vacations that give us some time to let go a little, and open up to new ideas. There is also the perception of more opportunities to enjoy the …

What Posting More Than 300 Articles in a Year Taught Me About Freelance Writing

Making yourself valuable begins with making yourself available.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My freelance writing journey started about six years ago in my penultimate year as a law student -- and after failing at so many other business attempts. I always said I would …

Writing

Don't Die With Your Masterpiece Still Inside You!

You may have heard the saying that most people die with their symphonies, novels and great works of art still inside them.<p>How sad is that? I mean …

Straightforward techniques to improve your writing

<i>This article originally ran on</i> PR Daily <i>in June of 2017.</i><p>Whatever you write, you want to get your thoughts across as clearly and effectively as …

David Cooper

<b>How did you become a writer?</b>Twenty years ago, I was inspired by actual career upheavals and professional experiences to work out a plot for what …

Writing

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs

“The garden of life is strewn with such dormant seeds and so much of art blossoms from their unwilled and unwillable awakenings.”<p>And now for something a bit out of the ordinary: When editor Andrew Blauner invited me to contribute to an anthology of essays by some of his favorite writers about their …