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Writers Should Look for What Others Don't See

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic discusses the importance of noticing hidden truths—from the horrors of war to the mundane aspects of daily life.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard,</b> …

32 Essential Asian-American Writers You Need To Be Reading

You're going to need a bigger bookshelf.<p><i>Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by reading these 32 incredibly talented writers. For the purpose of this post, "Asian-American" refers to Americans (or those who identify as American) of any Asian descent.</i>

Books

19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

Creative Writing

THE FALSE TRUTH On The “12 Best Plants” To Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you have ever been worried that there are too many environmental contaminants in your home or office, there is a simple, safe solution to this …

Why writing a novel is not like writing for your day job – and how to transition

Yesterday I was teaching an editing masterclass at <i>The Guardian</i>. During the lunch break I got chatting to a desk editor from its sister title <i>The</i> …

Tools for novelists: Here are 5 of the best

Mark Twain said, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”Because that’s harder than it sounds, you need all the help you …

Infographics

5 Hacks to Create a Good Writing Habit

by Joe BuntingIf you want to find more time to do the work that matters most to you, we’re partnering with Dan Blank to launch a class exclusively …

Writing

3 Things I Learned About Writing: Analyzing Stephen King’s IT

This reoccurring column takes the classic writing advice “good writers are good readers” and puts it to work, by looking at books across all time …

Writing

5 Steps to Creating Your Writing Ritual

As I peel the veil separating the writing process from the finished book, people often ask what my writing ritual is. I have to laugh, because I …

Creative Writing

I’ve been using Apple’s new Mac update for a few days — here are my favorite features so far

It's similar to the update Apple recently released for the iPhone earlier this month — like iOS 9, it's a subtle change that makes it easier to multitask. It's not an aesthetic change, so your Mac won't look or feel any different when you upgrade.<p>But there are a few handy features that you'll want …

10 Stress-Free Suppers for the Entire Family

Planning family meals shouldn't make you want to pull your hair out. Here are ten easy recipes that don't require any hard-to-find ingredients or too much advance planning. And the best part about these stress-free suppers: even picky eaters will polish off their plates.<p><b>1. Grilled Moroccan …

29 Proteins That Burn Fat 2x Faster

You already know that eating protein is key when it comes to feeling satisfied with your meals and maintaining a weight loss effort. Protein helps …

Nutrition

6 Easy Outfit Ideas For Those Mornings When You Just Can't

One word: leggings.<p>We all have those mornings, when getting up seems almost as terrible as walking over hot coals in bare feet, and getting dressed seems even worse than that. But unfortunately, the whole nudity movement hasn't quite caught on, and unless you work in a <i>very</i> liberal environment, …

Clothing

Successful people do these things in the first 10 minutes at work

Here's how to start your workday the right way.Shutterstock<p>How you handle the first 10 minutes of your workday can largely determine how productive and effective you'll be the rest of the day.<p>"Getting off on the right foot isn't just important with relationships. It's important with the start of …

Productivity

16 small changes in iOS 9 that combine to make a big difference

Apple’s iOS 9 is meant to give users a better iPhone and iPad experience while introducing a bunch of new features. At first sight, iOS 9 is …

iOS

20 Secrets Genuinely Happy People Never Told You

Happiness is a choice, and genuinely happy people make the choice to be happy, everyday! But what you may not know is that happy people face …

Andre D. Wagner’s Street Photos of Life in Brooklyn

One of the most popular photographers we’ve featured recently is street photographer Andre D. Wagner. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Wagner now …

13 Things You Didn't Know About Starbucks

<i>By: Kristin Hunt</i><p>Nowadays you can find four on every corner, but back in 1971, Starbucks was just another coffee place bringing caffeine to the sleepy masses. Frappuccinos were still 24 years away, the stock market wasn't even a consideration, and no one knew what the hell a Pumpkin Spice Latte was. …

How These 7 Entrepreneurs Stay Super Organized | Inc.com

I'm not an organized person. I can get pretty detail-oriented and hyper-focused (I have many other faults!) but I tend to keep things stuffed in a drawer or hall closet, rely too much on technology to keep me from spiraling out of control, and don't keep track of physical objects like I should …

Productivity

7 Secrets Of Shoppers Who Never Pay Full Price

<i>By Leah Melby, Glamour</i><p><i>(Photo: Kyle Ericksen)</i><p>A shopping addiction doesn't have to be wallet-crippling -- so long as you're working it right and avoiding paying full price whenever possible. Immediate gratification -- that gotta-have-that-now rush -- is behind a lot of retail action, but if you're …

Here Are The Best Apps For People With Too Much To Do

While some still insist on sticking with pencil and paper to keep track of their daily tasks, many harried professionals are turning to productivity apps to help manage everything from huge projects and deadlines to the little things they need to get done.<p>Productivity apps are in huge demand; …

Apps

A $5 Hack That'll Make These Sandals Look $1,295 More Expensive

<i>By Leah Melby, Glamour</i><p>If you haven't noticed the explosion of knee-high, lace-up gladiator sandals this summer um, hi, what? They're one of summer's biggest trends and springing up on shelves everywhere--from high-end designer versions to the pair we just spotted at Gap. (And not to brag, but we …

Decoding the Writer’s Platform

It’s no mystery that if you are going to be a writer who wants to be read you will need to establish a writer’s platform. In fact, a platform is a …

Self-Portrait Of The Artist As Ungrateful Black Writer

No, I'm not happy to "just be here." Racism doesn't vanish the moment we set foot into the ivory towers and glittering soirees of the literati.<p>The November weekend after author Daniel Handler made a watermelon joke onstage at the National Book Awards, I got lost in the literal dark in Miami. "The …

Literature

15 Notebooks That Will Inspire Your Creativity

We schedule appointments and meetings on our smartphones and computers, we take notes on our tablets and even journal through apps. But for some people — or everyone, on certain occasions — our tech devices can hinder our creative juices. The practices of handwriting, calligraphy and even sketching …

How I became more productive with Getting Things Done (GTD) and Evernote

27. March 2013 03:00 by Calvin Yu in Productivity // Tags: evernote, gtd, the secret weapon // Comments<p>One of my secrets of running a successful …

Analog Writing Tools — Tools and Toys

Longtime readers will know the staff here at <i>Tools & Toys</i> are fans of all things analog. Sure, we’re still total geeks about gadgets and gear, but we …