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First Draft: Read the 2018 Oscar Nominees for Best Original and Adapted Screenplay

Are you aching to read and learn from the 2018 Oscar-nominated scripts? Look no further because we have them all here, along with each trailer for …

Unleash Your Creative Genius In 15 Minutes A Day

6 Fun And Simple ExercisesThere’s no shortage of advice on cultivating your own creative genius. You’ll find doctrine on everything from music to …

13 Interesting Qualities People Who Everyone Likes Have In Common

We all know someone who is just inherently likable. You know who I'm talking about: it's that one friend you have who can seemingly do no wrong in …

This Is How to Be Happy With Yourself Right Now

Let’s be honest. Figuring out how to be happy with yourself in the moment can be a bit of a struggle. I personally find myself always thinking <i>I’ll be</i> …

The 5 Best Ranch Dressings, According to a Ranch Addict

A true ranch addict wouldn't lie.<p>January 23, 2018<p>Although there's still serious competition between ranch and blue cheese (or maybe it's just my …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

The humble hard-boiled egg is a quality source of protein and other nutrients (including vitamins D and B12, and choline and selenium). But it can be …

Food
Cooking

6 satisfying dinner recipes for when you’re pinching pennies

In the interest of your wallet, it’s nice to have some meals that are on the less expensive side to prepare. Here’s a short collection to look through, from our archives:<p>Sausage and Sweet Potato Pie. Comfort food in a snap, thanks to the microwave cooking technique used to soften those sweet …

Cooking

Give your Cuban sandwich a Cajun twist

There’s nothing complicated about a Cuban sandwich: pork, ham, mustard, pickles and cheese on bread that generally resembles a baguette. What …

The Fluffiest Pancakes You Will Ever Eat In Your Lifetime

Step 1<p>In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.<p>Step 2<p>In a different bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, …

Breakfast

11 Hot Dishes to Bring Some Spice to Your Weeknight

When I was a toddler, anytime I didn’t want to eat something, I claimed it was "too spicy." My mom reminds me (often!) that I once declared steamed broccoli seasoned with just butter and pepper too hot to handle. I’ve come a long way since 2, but I still sympathize with people who can’t take the …

Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Combine water, sugar, mustard seeds, bay leaf, and 1/3 cup of the salt in a large bowl; whisk until salt and sugar dissolve. Add …

3 Creative Whole30 Breakfasts You Can Make Even When You’re Half-Asleep

If your morning routine usually includes a bowl of yogurt and granola, adjusting to breakfast on the Whole30 diet—which bans all grains, dairy, added …

Breakfast

Sheet Pan Cuban Sandwiches

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Place bread bottoms on baking sheet. …

Sandwiches

5 Top Writing Hacks For Quick, Effective Storytelling

Screenwriting is all about telling the best story you can. Here are some handy hacks to help make your plot fly FAST! The following are a few of the …

Hacking

The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

<i>Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets,</i> …

Writing

Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’

Zadie Smith has been a vital literary voice since her first novel, White Teeth, became an instant bestseller. Here she answers questions from famous fans, including Teju Cole, Philip Pullman and Sharmaine Lovegrove, and a selection of our readers<p>Zadie Smith’s second collection of essays, <i>Feel Free</i>, …

Books

Great Advice From 25 Writing Manuals by Famous Authors

There are countless books that purport to teach you how to write. Many of them are good. Some of them are not quite as good. This is the usual way of …

Writing

Inventing Characters

A Character is What She Does, Her Motives, and Her Past<p>Let’s dive right in to character inventing. We’ll be referring a lot to Orson Scott Card’s</i> …

Inventions

This is how to overcome anger: 5 powerful secrets from mindfulness

There’s a voice shouting. Takes a second before you realize it’s yours. You feel energized. Righteous. Driving every point home. It’s like the climax …

Mindfulness

Ikigai - Visualizing the Japanese Concept of Life's Purpose

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that explains how a person can enjoy life. To illustrate this concept, a 4-sided Venn diagram was created by Dan …

Ikigai

25 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen? In truth, succeeding in business and life often depends on consistency, diligence, and discipline. At least, that's what more than two dozen high-achieving executives say. Here are the daily habits they …

Time Management

10 Simple and Free Ways to Embrace Self-Care Every Day

Self-care, often considered a millennial obsession, is so much more than treating yourself to a mani or splurging on a Kendall Jenner-approved furry new bag; it’s about caring for yourself in ways that help you live a happy, healthy, and productive life. Luckily, this kind of thing doesn’t require …

Living Rooms