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How To Find A Writing Mentor - Writer's Relief, Inc.

January 13 is “Make Your Dreams Come True Day,” and one of the smartest ways to achieve your dream of becoming a successful author is to find a …

Writers: 10 Ways To Stay Sane When You’re On A Deadline - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Deadlines are a fact of life for writers. And sometimes it’s hard to stay sane when you’re facing a tight deadline (or two or three…). Whether it’s a …

The Six Best Podcasts for FICTION Writers

<i>by James L. Rubart</i><p>There are a vast number of podcasts for writers—what I’ve tried to do is narrow it down to podcasts designed specifically for …

8 Writing Strategies For People Who Say They Can't Write

In many cases, the more important the writing task, the more the would-be writer freezes up. The result can be something of a Mobius strip of anxiety turned into fear turned into more anxiety, and what you're left with is a blank page.<p>To help you work through writer's block, consider the strategies …

Writing

“Well actually, in the books…” 15 differences from text to TV in Game Of Thrones

<i>There are countless differences between HBO’s television show</i> Game Of Thrones <i>and its source material, George R.R. Martin’s</i> A Song Of Ice And Fire<i>.</i> …

19-Year-Old Italo Calvino on How to Assert Yourself and Live with Integrity

<i>“A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off,”</i> <b>Italo Calvino</b> observed in one of his 14 definitions of what makes a classic. But while these were directed at literature, can a <i>life</i> be a classic, in how it …

4 Tips To Help Millennials Find Meaningful Work

Young people today want to do work with purpose. If you’re having a hard time finding that, these lessons can help.<p>It’s hard enough for 30-year-olds like me to find any job in today’s job market. Finding meaningful work is even more challenging. One in four adults between 18 and 34 years old say …

28 Inspirational Reminders for Crazily Creative People.

Creativity is a practice. Craziness is a skill.<p>(Crazy as in wild, not as in insanity, which deserves serious, dedicated treatment).<p>Or, perhaps better …

11 Grammatical Words And Terms That Sound Dirty

<i>By Liberty Hardy of Bookriot</i><p>Because I have the maturity level of an eight-year-old, here’s a list of grammar terms and words that sound dirty. Use them to excite the grammar lover in your life.<p><b>Interrobang</b><p><b>What it sounds like:</b> Getting it on. “We couldn’t sleep – the neighbors were making too much …

Artists brains are 'structurally different' claims new study

It’s a truism to say that artists see the world differently from the rest of us, but new research suggests that their brains are structurally …

Writing Sex Scenes for the Non-Genre Novelist

For mainstream, non-genre novelists, writing sex scenes into a story line poses some serious questions. Unlike pornography, which is intended to arouse sexual excitement, literary novelists are concerned with insight, revelation, pace and tone. They must consider whether any extended graphic …

Books

Five Things You Can Do—This Week—To Become A Better Writer - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Successful writers know they must constantly evolve and improve their craft. They know that reaching their full potential is a lifelong journey of …

4 Smart Ways to Challenge Yourself | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

The idea of challenging yourself is one of the pillars of personal development. By challenging yourself, you grow as a person and you learn to trust …

5 Tips for Writing Quickly and Effectively

Whether writing is a hobby or part of your job, you probably know the frustration of not getting as much writing done as you want in a day.<p>Sometimes …

Your Story is Not As Beautiful As It Could Be

I’ve been in a writing drought lately. I get up every morning and sit down to my computer. Words get typed into the screen. But they aren’t as good …

Pioneering Psychologist Jerome Bruner on the 6 Pillars of Creativity and How to Master the Art of “Effective Surprise”

One of the greatest preoccupations not only of our culture but of our civilization is the question of what creativity is, dating back to the dawn of recorded thought. But it wasn’t until the advent of modern psychology in the early twentieth century that our answers to the question began to take …

Six Essential Books on Writing

If you're anything like me, you have perfected multiple methods of procrastination you employ when you know it's really time to write. Among my favorites are organizing my desk and catching up on my favorite blogs, not to mention this one employed by Liz Gilbert:<p>Sometimes you can't start writing …

More work, no pay: Why I detest “Literary Citizenship”

Yes, it’s important for writers to be community-oriented. But we also need structures that support paying people<p>In recent years, many people have been talking about Literary Citizenship. “Are you a good literary citizen?” Roxane Gay has asked on the AWP blog. In a 2011 interview with Jonathan …

Watch A Murderer Use Snapchat To Commit The Perfect Crime In This 6-Minute Film

It’s normal to be anxious about the digital permanence of your activity on social media, but according to this film, we might have a lot more to fear from Snapchat messages that disappear forever.<p>In James Corbett‘s six-minute <i>Murder On Snapchat</i>, the app that deletes your messages seconds after …

Social Media

Before You Can Write a Good Plot, You Need to Write a Good Place

Author Linn Ulmann makes the case for the importance of here in "Something happened here."<p>Linn Ulmann spent her childhood trailing her famous parents as they traveled the world. As the daughter of director Ingmar Bergman and the actress Liv Ullmann, two legends of 20th-century cinema, her “home” …

B.J. Novak: Social Media Is Making Us Better Writers

Could the next great novel be simply a collection of tweets and status updates? For most, the idea may seem preposterous. The depth allowed in …

Poet Scott Cairns talks about poetry, art and Christian theology.

Prayer, worship, language, creation and mystery are bound up together for Scott Cairns in his two vocations: as a poet and as a Christian.<p>Raised a …

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers

Liberal arts and the humanities aren't just for the elite.<p>Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. But I also teach Plato to nurses’ aides, soldiers, ex-cons, preschool music teachers, janitors, …

Paris Review - Matthew Weiner, The Art of Screenwriting No. 4

Interviewed by Semi Chellas<p>Issue 208, Spring 2014<p>On the set of <i>Mad Men</i> with Jon Hamm during Season 5.<p>Born in 1965, Matthew Weiner is barely old enough to remember the period with which his television series <i>Mad Men</i> has now become almost synonymous. His office is exactly what one might hope for the …

Literature

Incredibly Creative Stop-Motion Film Made with Only Rubber Bands & Thumbtacks

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a stop-motion film, but ‘A Girl Named Elastika’ by French filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet was a no-brainer. At once …

50 Famous Academics & Scientists Talk About God

Jonathan Pararajasingham has pulled together a montage of 50 renowned academics, mostly all scientists, talking about their thoughts on the existence …

Take Free Online Courses at Hogwarts: Charms, Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts & More

A group of dedicated Harry Potter fans have created a new educational website called Hogwarts is Here. The site is free -- you only have to spend …

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

I recently read an article claiming that readers who flip to the end of a thriller novel to check what will happen have more fun than those who endure the suspense to eventually learn the outcome. I found this difficult to believe. The study cited research done by the University of California at …

Books

How to Write About a Country You’ve Never Visited

I love reading novels set in other countries. We’re no strangers to the fact that books are adventures waiting for us to live them, but for me, …