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Ray Bradbury’s Practical and Inspiring Writing Advice

"Don’t talk about it; write."<p>The late, great Ray Bradbury, a master of modern science fiction, was born on this day in 1920. Bradbury was full of wit …

We Save What We Love: Thoughts On Biophilia and the Vegan Ethic

How is it possible, as the environmentalist asserts, to worry about “all the plants and creatures” of a system while managing to avoid caring about …

Environmentalism

Nicola Barker: ‘I find books about middle-class people so boring – I feel like stabbing myself’

As Nicola Barker admits, her new novel, <i>H(a)ppy</i>, “really does mess with you in the end”. About halfway through, she reckons, is where “it gets nuts”, but to be truthful, the signs are there from pretty early on. Here’s a quick precis, with no spoilers. Set in a future saved from floods, fires, …

Books

Scott Turow: ‘My characters, like me, find society’s problems in the law’

The American author on the latest outrage from Donald Trump, the frustrations of starting a novel, and his double life as a lawyer and novelist<p>The simple truth, I’m pleased to acknowledge, is that most days writing makes me happy. Usually what’s ahead of me flashes through my mind not long after …

Bedrooms

Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile

Literature and power cannot be separated. American literature is read around the world not only because of its inherent value, but because the rest of the world always reads the literature of empires. A new development is that the American way of teaching writing is beginning to spread globally. …

University of Iowa

Five Pieces of Writing Advice from Philip Schultz

In 1987, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz founded the Writers Studio, which grew from a casual workshop in a West Village living room to an …

The Legacy of a Narcissistic Parent

When Dr. Robin Berman was first establishing her own practice, she intended to work solely with kids—until she realized that she couldn’t do much for …

An Adoption, A Suicide, An Investigation

Patty Yumi Cottrell on strong, unreliable voices and finding inspiration on the early-morning F trainF Train NYC. Photo by Leon Fishman, via …

Books

Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from<p>UC Berkeleyin May and had turned 26 in February. That summer, I found a small apartment in Silver Lake and began preparing for a new career as a professor at USC. I look back on myself with …

Humanities

Adam Haslett, L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, discusses 'Imagine Me Gone'

Adam Haslett was still a student at Yale Law School when his first book, the short story collection "You Are Not a Stranger Here," was published in 2002. The book earned rave reviews and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He followed that up eight years later with …

Books

Beginners Guide For How to Write Fiction

How to Write Fiction<p>Get Started Here<p>Updated March 10, 2017<p>Anyone who says writing can't be taught is speaking nonsense: inspiration can't be taught, …

How 50 Famous Authors Find Writing Inspiration

Sometimes, writing inspiration comes from seemingly nowhere. It can appear like an apparition, out of the blue, with no warning. It can leave just as …

Books

A new kind of doctor's office charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

He took some time off, then one day he got a call asking if he'd be up for doing a house call for a woman whose son was sick. He agreed, and by the end of that visit, he realized he wanted to treat patients without dealing with any of the insurance requirements.<p>Then he learned about a totally …

Health Care

10 Things Parents Who Want to Raise Successful Kids Say Every Day | Inc.com

We all want our kids to be happy and fulfilled. We all want our kids to be successful, in whatever pursuit they choose.<p>But while the destination may be different, the actual path to success is very similar. Success starts with mindset: the right perspective, the right outlook, the right motivation, …

Self-improvement

Another Shade of Darkness: The Life and Work of Beryl Bainbridge

We have a framed photographic print on our wall, bought some 25 years ago in London, of three people at a table littered with luncheon dishes in the …

Books

Man swaps email signatures with female colleague and is disheartened by way he is treated

A Pennsylvania man was shocked and disheartened when he got a taste of the sexism that women face in the workplace - simply by switching email …

Google Plus

The Best Technology Tools for Content Marketing

These are the tools that I use to address three critical content marketing areas -- strategy, creation and distribution.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The rate of content creation is growing exponentially year over year and content marketers now face more competition …

There Are More Important Things Than Happiness: On Reading Eimear McBride

Shortly after the new year began, I read <i>A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing</i>, the multi-award winning novel by <b>Eimear McBride</b>. It had been on my To Read list …

Books

Angela Carter’s Feminist Mythology

A new biography shows how the British author made fairy tales psychological and sexy.<p>The English novelist Angela Carter is best known for her 1979 book “The Bloody Chamber,” which is a kind of updating of the classic European fairy tales. This does not mean that Carter’s Little Red Riding Hood …

George Saunders: what writers really do when they write

1<p>Many years ago, during a visit to Washington DC, my wife’s cousin pointed out to us a crypt on a hill and mentioned that, in 1862, while Abraham Lincoln was president, his beloved son, Willie, died, and was temporarily interred in that crypt, and that the grief-stricken Lincoln had, according to …

Books

What Marcel Proust Taught Me About Characterization

<b>1.</b><br>Several months ago, a commenter asked if reading <b>Marcel Proust</b> had affected my writing, and I’ve been turning the question over in my mind ever …

The Case for Genre Fiction: A Guide to Literary Science Fiction and Fantasy

Is there such a thing as literary science fiction? It’s not a sub-genre that you’d find in a bookshop. In 2015, <b>Neil Gaiman</b> and <b>Kazuo Ishiguro</b> debated …

How to make your kid good at anything, according to a world expert on peak performance

K. Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying people who are exceptional at what they do, and trying to figure out how they got to be so good. His conclusion: in most cases, talent doesn’t matter—practice does.<p>The practice he advocates is not hitting 100,000 golf balls or spending 10,000 hours …

University of Pennsylvania

The Writer As Public Figure vs. The Writer Who Actually Writes

I’m supposed to be writing a speech about my new novel, <i>The White City</i>. It’s a March morning, no sun. I’m standing by my secretary desk. I’ve shut the …

The Secret Lives of Books: How Authors Midwife New Classics

(Download this audio — Click Here.)<p>You may not believe this, but the Classics you have read may be just as alive as you…<p>(Considering authors as …

The best medicine for ADHD might not be medicine, at least at first

Steve and Michelle were desperate. Their 6-year-old son, Sam, was diagnosed with ADHD soon after entering first grade. Sam’s behavior seemed outright defiant: He ignored adults when his name was called and was in constant motion. Sam let out bloodcurdling screams when forced to stop playing a game …

Mental Health

3 Captivating Elements of Storytelling That Will Help You Sell More | Inc.com

Once you understand how our brains react to storytelling, you'll wonder why you ever tried a different way of selling.<p>Through his research, neuroeconomist Paul Zak found out that the brain produces two hormones during storytelling: cortisol and oxytocin. The brain produces cortisol when there's a …

Marketing

All About Pacing - 4 Important Questions To Ask

<b>1. What is pacing?</b><p>Pacing is all about the manipulation of time and controlling the speed and rhythm of a story.<p>“Pacing is part structural choices and …

Creative Writing

5 Writing Techniques that Stir Your Audience to Action - Copyblogger

We all want a positive response to the content we work so hard to create. Not all positive responses, however, are created equal.<p>I’m reminded of this …

Content Marketing

PropTech's Third Wave on Display at MetaProp NYC Demo Day | Propmodo

For six real estate technology startups, yesterday was a significant marker on their roadmap. On the 10th floor of 7 World Trade Center in Lower …

Real Estate