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Five Secret Back Doors into Hollywood

What are some secret ways to break through, over, under, or around the Hollywood walls that are keeping aspiring screenwriters, producers, and …

Steven Spielberg

How AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Created a Complex Protagonist in Thanos

<i>Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS lie ahead…</i><b></b>The directors and writers of what’s on track to be the biggest movie of the year, <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>, recently …

Marvel Universe

How To Write The Perfect Antagonist

It seems like movie villains are a dying art. Most mainstream movies are more interested in spectacle and likable leads than giving us an antagonist …

8 iPhone accessibility features for everyone, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Accessibility is about equal access — for everybody.<p>Today, we're reminded of this in part because of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. According to …

Accessibility

Tor.com Submissions Guidelines

The following guidelines outline how to submit fiction or non-fiction articles/blog posts to Tor.com. If you’re interested in writing for Tor.com or …

Creative Writing

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

Fiction Archives - The Forge

1<p>May 7, 2018<p>Fiction by Zach VandeZande The Rodeo Queen disappeared. This happened during the parade. She felt so wonderful, everyone in town …

Archives

Are Kids the Enemy of Writing?

Don’t have children, a great writer once told Michael Chabon. Each one represents a novel you’ll never publish. Here, Chabon (father of four) considers what was lost when he defiantly ignored that advice.<p><b>At a literary party</b> the summer before my first novel was published, I found myself alone with a …

Literature

Voice: Active and Passive

Because the subject is being "acted upon" (or is <i>passive</i>), such sentences are said to be in the <b>passive voice</b>.<p><b>NOTE:</b> <i>Colorful parrots live in the</i> …

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

The dabbing, rapping medieval metal musical Jeannette is even stranger than it sounds

It’s a stereotype of comedians that they want to be taken seriously; think Woody Allen’s Bergman worship or <i>The Day The Clown Cried</i>, to cite a couple …

Woody Allen

A rare chat with the family of 'Star Wars' icon Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill's wife and daughter open up about traveling the world together and the loss of Carrie Fisher.

Mark Hamill

Spring Reading List

<b>I decided a long time ago not to deny myself the simplest pleasures of life and currently great books and hot coffee are the two primary of them.</b>I …

Books

PSA: You can once again browse your iPhone music library from Apple Watch

The latest Apple Watch update brings back a feature that many users argued should have never left.<p>The ability to browse and play music stored on your iPhone from an Apple Watch was removed with the release of WatchOS 4 last September. This, as Apple soon found out, wasn't a welcome decision.<p>With …

Apple Watch

6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing

<b>Reimagining classic fiction has been a common practice among authors since the dawn of novel writing. Here, learn a few lessons from the masters</b> …

Literature

The Accidental Novelist – How Stolen Moments Can Make A Book

By BookBaby author Michael GallantI write while riding the subway, waiting in lines, or after rocking my baby to sleep. In the cracks between events, …

Writing

The 20 greatest cities to visit in spring

John Keats was not a man given to effusive bursts of happiness. Witness his brooding “Ode to a Nightingale”, written in the growing warmth of May 1819, but lost to an opening line of: “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense/ As though of hemlock I had drunk”.<p>And yet even this most …

Blooper-Proof Your Novel: How to Find and Fix a ‘Reality Violation’

<b>by Jessi Rita Hoffman</b><b>Scene time and place: A Civil War combat zone, just after a skirmish. Soldiers limp away from the conflict, weary and depleted.</b> …

Creative Writing

Heavy Snowfall Hits Tokyo, And The Results Are Pretty Much What You’d Expect

Downtown Tokyo saw its heaviest snowfall for years this Monday, causing travel chaos throughout the city. Cars were stranded and abandoned on roads, …

Interview With Picture Book Author Josh Funk

By BookBaby author Scott McCormickJosh Funk is not only one of the best and most popular picture book authors today, he’s a super positive guy who …

Writing

My 20-Step Plan to Writing a Book: Part 2 (Steps 11-20)

By BookBaby author Jerry JenkinsIn this post, I’m following up on the first entry and giving you the last 10 steps in my 20-step process to writing a …

Writing

5 Novels Featuring Obsessed Bookworms on the Hunt

A Novel<p>How far would you go for a book that would blow your mind — for good? In Tim Wirkus’ <i>The Infinite Future</i>, three troubled people obsessed with …

7 Simple Ways to Craft Complicated Plots in Screenplays

If you’re looking for the essentials to crafting complicated plots in your scripts, the answers are more simple than you may have thought.Twists, …

Writing

5 Classic Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Writers with Serious Dark Sides

<b>H. G. Wells Was a Eugenics Enthusiast with a Soft Spot for Stalin.</b><p>H. G. Wells was a real piece of work. Saying he had a dark side might be letting …

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10 Tips For Creating Your First Children's Picture Book

A children’s picture book may seem simple, but creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than …

What Happens When an Algorithm Helps Write Science Fiction | WIRED

The machines sat empty in the dark. Only a single light was on when Anne and Ed entered. A lone searcher was staring at the Other planet1, his face …

The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson review – a new cultural landmark

Homer’s <i>Odyssey</i>, probably composed around 700BC, is one of the oldest poems in the western tradition, with a concomitantly long history of translation. The first into Latin was in the third century BC by a slave called Livius Andronicus. The first into English was by George Chapman in 1614-15; there …

Literature

Screenwriting Advice From THE LAST JEDI’s Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson has gone from Indie auteur (<i>Brick</i>, <i>Brothers Bloom</i>) to Blockbuster auteur (<i>Looper</i>, <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, <i>Untitled New Star Wars Trilogy</i>) …

Writing

The Politics of the Dark Knight Rises and ISIS

by Brian E. Frydenborg 10/7/2014<p><i>Batman couldn't triumph without Gotham. We can't succeed without each other.</i><p>Tom Friedman just recently wrote a column …