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Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Some of you <i>may</i> have noticed that the esteemed Mr. Gaiman is my favorite living author. Even if he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s hard not to …

Creative Writing

To kneel or not to kneel? 5 ways 'Patriotism' looks different than you might think.

3 Podcasts you know & 3 Podcasts that you don't, but should.

Looming over The Walking Dead's Season 8 is an impending battle with it's Anti-Christ: Negan. Is Rick a worthy savior? Or could Carl be the coming messiah?

This 2 Minute Read Will Make You Write Better Forever

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” <br>― Maya Angelou<p>The following 4 tips took me 3 years of writing to collect, but …

Why I am sorry that I left California

Sometimes a little separation can do wonders for a relationship<p>Being apart for a little over a year made me realize all that you stood for. From those happy moments of life to making-me-smile, even in those trying times.<p>Yes, I took you for granted. Yes, I didn't appreciate you the way I should've. …

Science Says Anxiety Isn't the Problem. Your Response to Anxiety Is What Matters

Practice accepting anxiety rather than suppressing it.<p>What do you think about when you hear the word anxiety? Perhaps you imagine the sweaty palms and rapid heartbeat you experience when you are about to give a public presentation. Or maybe you think about the times you have trouble sleeping …

Self-help

Screenwriting Lessons: “The King’s Speech”

A five-part series exploring lessons from David Seidler’s Oscar winning script.<p><i>The King’s Speech</i> won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in …

Screenwriting

This Bestselling Author of 17 Books Just Gave Some Brilliant Writing Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

Everyone has a story to tell.<p>Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction author with 17 books and numerous essays to her credit. She writes about deeply personal topics, like her struggle with alcoholism three decades ago, single motherhood, and depression. She also writes frequently about her …

Creative Writing

5 Ways Porn Lies To You

There’s a lot of porn in the world. When I first began to write the articles that would become <i>Sexual Detox</i>, this sin was still lurking in the …

Evangelical Christianity

William Faulkner on Writing, the Purpose of Art, Working in a Brothel, and the Meaning of Life

When <i>The Paris Review</i> launched in 1953, it revolutionized the art of the interview. Over the decades that followed, the revered publication offered unprecedented glimpses of literary history’s greatest minds, which yielded such timeless gems as E. B. White on the responsibility of the writer and the …

Dissecting a Louis C.K. Joke to Highlight How Well the Comedian Uses Language to Create Humor

The Nerdwriter (Evan Puschak) dissects a joke by Louis C.K. about playing Monopoly with his daughters to highlight how well the comedian uses …

Mental illness and poverty: you can't tackle one without the other

A recent report recommends dealing with mental illness before poverty, but this overlooks the fact that the two are fundamentally linked<p>A recent report by Lord Richard Layard suggests that “Happiness depends on health and friends, not money”. The conclusions presented argue that the UK government …

Write, Then Write Some More: Writing Tips From 29 Authors

If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with your favorite author, grab him or her by the shoulders, and ask <i>How?</i>, you’re not alone.<p>Plenty of people want to know exactly how authors do it — grind through the doubt, become inspired, write, get published, and start all over again. In fact, so many people …

Writing

'Anti-white' graffiti in gentrifying LA neighborhood sparks hate crime debate

Police are investigating the vandalism of art galleries in Boyle Heights, where Latino residents say they’re losing their heritage to an influx of new wealth<p>Police in Los Angeles are investigating the vandalism of art galleries in a Latino neighbourhood, including the spray-painted message “fuck …

3 fundamental elements of superb storytelling

The human mind is structured to remember stories, not facts, or things, or lists, or even ideas.<p>Here's proof. We are much safer today, in 2016, from …

Thank Martin Luther for exposing the church’s great salvation sell-off

The church made a fortune by cashing in on people’s hopes of a life in the hereafter, until an unknown monk called Luther wrote a letter of protest<p>Remember when the Glazer brothers took control of Manchester United back in 2005? They borrowed £660m to acquire the club, then saddled it with the debt …

10 Hard Truths About the Heartbreaking Fantasies We Tell Ourselves

We stress ourselves out… because of fantasies.We procrastinate to the point of failure… because of fantasies.We get angry with others, with …

Health

How To Train Your Brain to Push Past Perfectionism

Perfectionism isn’t hard-wired, it’s learned. Which means we can unlearn it too, with these methods.<p>The fear of failure greatly impedes performance. That’s why most successful people are less likely to be perfectionists. After all, think about all of the quick, important decisions high-level people …

Morgan Freeman Explains How God Can Be Real And An Invention

The actor explores the power of miracles in the season finale of "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman."<p>Morgan Freeman has played God on the big screen, but in real life he sees the Almighty as an invention of the human mind.<p>It might seem curious, then, for the 78-year-old actor to star in a …

New York Times

Illustrator Offers Shortcut to Classic Literature with Hilariously Brief Summaries

Cartoonist John Atkinson (of Wrong Hands) took some of the world's most beloved literary classics and offers us all humorous spoilers. For his <i>Abridged Classics</i> and <i>(More) Abridged Classics</i> series, the artist selected a total of 12 books, which includes <i>War and Peace</i>, <i>Moby Dick</i>, <i>Wuthering Heights</i>, and</i> …

Literature

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 …

If you want to be more successful, stop networking

The biggest reason why connecting with people benefits you is simple: It allows you to extend your reach further, which in turn allows your ideas to make a much bigger impact.<p>The result is that you achieve your goals a lot faster with a few key friends to help you out than if it is just you, …

Employment

Why We Please People and 4 Ways to Change

<i>Photo by Drew Hays</i><p>Do you struggle to follow your heart because you fear disappointing other people? Does it seem what others want from you is rarely what you want for yourself? Do you feel doomed to make decisions that will disappoint <i>someone</i> no matter how hard you try?<p><i>You're not alone.</i><p>There are …

An Open Letter to My Depression: 4 Ways I Defeat You Every Day

Dear Depression,<p>I must say you have put up quite a fight. You insidiously infiltrated my life years ago completely unbeknownst to me. For years I blamed myself for the rage, despair and deep emptiness that consumed my life. But it was you all along, hiding cowardly in the shadows, vehemently …

Dan Fante: underground writer expressed madness of the US workplace

The countercultural hero and self-styled ‘gin pissing, raw meat, dual carburetor V-8 son-of-a-bitch from Los Angeles’ died on Monday<p>Dan Fante, who died on on Monday aged 71, was one of the American literary underground’s most significant writers. The author, poet and playwright may not have had the …

10 changes to make in your 30s that will set you up for lifelong success

But your 30s are an ideal time to cement the habits that will help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment for the rest of your life.<p>To give you a head start, we sifted through recent Quora threads on this critical life transition and highlighted the most compelling responses.<p>Here are 10 …

Self-help

The Grapes of Wrath: 10 surprising facts about John Steinbeck's novel

<b>John Steinbeck, who was born on February 27, 1902, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. His 1939 book The Grapes of Wrath, published 75 years ago on April 14, has sold more than 14 million copies in the past 75 years. Here are 10 things about the novel that may surprise you.</b><p>The book …

Literature

Can a News Photo Ever Change History?

The searing picture of dead 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi may be unforgettable, but can it effect real change in the plight of others like …

Vietnam