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An artist painted a self-portrait of himself on a different drug every day — and he ended up with brain damage

Bryan Lewis Saunders<p>In March 1995, artist Bryan Lewis Saunders began creating at least one self-portrait of himself every day.<p>Born in Washington D.C. …

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8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

Writing

On Reading Haruki Murakami: What Does It Mean To Follow An Author's Canon Of Work?

Haruki Murakami's books are a blend of modern culture, and fantasy. Arguably, Murakami is Japan's most famous author, his writing resonates on a frequency that is distinctly "Murakami."<p>Over the past 30 years, Murakami has written 13 novels including: Norwegian Wood (1987), Sputnik Sweetheart …

Ethan Hawke's 6 favorite books

<b>1. Three Day Road</b> by Joseph Boyden (Penguin, $17).<p>Xavier Bird and Elijah Whiskeyjack, the protagonists of Joseph Boyden's 2005 novel, are two Cree …

What Writers Earn Money?

What Writers Earn Money? A Look at the Author Earnings Report on Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Sales<p>There’s probably nothing that …

Writing

Greg Jackson's top 10 books to make you a better person

Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better<p>“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life,” wrote Thoreau, …

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The Best Books On Writing I’ve Read (So Far)

As an avid reader and aspiring writer, I’m a sucker for books of this genre. Here’s a short list of books that influenced me and definitely opened my …

Creative Writing

Are You a Writer or a Storyteller?

by Kellie McGannI’ve considered myself a writer for years, but a storyteller? I thought that just came with the territory. It wasn’t until I listened …

The 42 best books to read before you die – our favourites

Books are deeply personal things. Each of us form unique bonds with the characters we read about, relate to storylines and personalities in different …

How to write a short story: 10 steps to a great read

Writing a short story differs from writing a novel in several key ways: There is less space to develop characters, less room for lengthy dialogue, …

Creative Writing

7 Inspiring Books You Must Read

She told me to turn off the light.<p>It was 8pm and it was time to sleep according to the adult’s house rules. These were non-negotiable. My desire and …

Digital Age

How to Write Fast & Well, Part 10: Get Rhythm

So far in this series, I've focused on the content of your writing: choosing a good topic, giving structure to your thoughts, and finding the right words.<p>Unfortunately, you can excel at all that and still produce writing that's hard to read. If so, the problem may be rhythm -- or the lack …

This year, I’m going to write that book – here’s how to make it happen

If your new year’s resolution is to write that novel, let editor Richard Bradburn offer you some useful advice – both his own and that of many great …

Writing

Writing Habits that Will Improve Your Productivity in 2016

If you spend enough time staring at a blank page it will, much like Nietzsche’s abyss, start staring back at you. What happens during the staring …

7 Tips to Practicing the Craft of Instructional Storytelling

"Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously …

Public Speaking

A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just <i>my</i> bucket list.<p>But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know that the …

Writing

5 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Writing

How to be your own best editor<p>I've been coaching a couple of clients to help them improve their writing, and one thing I'm noticing is how much trouble they have editing their own stuff. They work hard to create a first draft, but then have difficulty making that draft better. As one person told …

19 Amazing Paintings, Not Photos

One of my favorite things I like to do on this site is share the work of amazing artists. These seven artists were chosen because each has the ability to create paintings so realistic they look like pictures. These mind-blowing, hyper-realistic scenes are made by using nothing but oil-based paints …

The Subtle Knife: Writing Characters Readers Trust But Shouldn’t

I don’t know about you, but I love reading books where the author encourages me to draw conclusions that are wrong. Case in point–untrustworthy …

25+ Mind-Blowing Hyperrealistic Paintings

Inspired by photorealism, <i>hyperrealism</i> is a contemporary school of painting that evokes the illusion of photography. With advancements in cameras, lenses, and digital equipment, artists have been able to be far more precision-oriented in their practice, culminating in an entirely new genre of …

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The Definitive Guide to Winning an Argument

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is nice. When you don’t see eye to eye with someone, here are the best tricks for winning that …

Life As A Screenwriter

On October 20th, 2014, production wrapped on my first feature film.<p>On October 20th, 2015, I asked my mother and father for a loan.<p>Working as a screenwriter can be a real son of a bitch.<p>The past 12 months have been some of the hardest of my entire life. Allow me this brief recap. I’m all-too-aware …

David Mitchell: Advice to a Young Writer

David Mitchell’s new novel <i>Slade House</i>, was just published by Random House. Mitchell’s previous books include <i>Cloud Atlas</i>, <i>Bone Clocks</i>, and <i>The Thousand</i> …

The 31 Best Sites To Buy Art Online

No matter your taste or budget, there's a shop for everyone.<p>Deck out your walls in style, without ever leaving the comfort of your couch. Check out our official guide to the best online art retailers out there — no matter your budget. Plus, check out our 50+ favorite websites for furniture.

Catherine Ryan Hyde on Rejection: Does Your Rejected Work Need a Rewrite?

Rejections. We all get them. In fact, there are only two things we can absolutely count on in the writing business: rejections and bad …

Are you thinking of writing and publishing a book?

Chances are, yes you are. I can say that because most of my blog readers come from Twitter, and Twitter is really the perfect tool for aspiring or …

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

Creative Writing

How to Start Your Novel: Advice From Literary Agents

<i>This column is excerpted from Guide to Literary Agents, from Writer’s Digest Books.</i><p>No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary …

The definitive guide to naming your characters

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 81<p>Like it or not, names have a huge influence over how we perceive their bearers. The right name can establish a …