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15 Classic Beach Reads Everyone Should Read At Least Once

1 of 15<p>The Beach, Alex Garland (1998)<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 15<p>The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler (1936)<p>3 of 15<p>Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert …

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

Creative Writing

15 Memoirs About Writing That Every Young Writer Needs To Read

If there's anything that writers like more than writing, it's writing <i>about writing</i> (that, and talking about writing about writing). And it makes …

How to Beat Writer’s Block and Wow Your Audience

I’ve been writing consistently for the last four years. Blog post after blog post. Article after article. The words don’t always flow through my …

Why Reading Is ‘Essential’ For Writers

<b>How many articles have you come across on Medium or any other blog site that asks you to ‘Read’ in order to ‘Write’?</b><p><b>We all</b> know it is good to read. <b>We</b> …

Creative Writing

Goosebumps author R.L. Stine: 'I've written over 330 books — not one of them came from my heart'

According to R.L. Stine, everyone’s favorite question to ask successful authors — “Where do you get your ideas?” — has the whole thing backward.<p>“I …

Writing

Archetype examples: Write great characters from universals

Archetypes are useful for imagining diverse, interesting characters. Literature is full of jesters and jokers, lovers, warriors, wise sages, and …

Books

Here's Everything I Learned From Doing Morning Pages Every Day

Yes, you really do have to write them *by hand*. No, they aren't just for writers or even for Creative People. Yes, they are pretty great.

Productivity

This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working on Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

Creative Writing

5 Inspiring Books That Are Transforming My Life and Business

The news was horrifying.<p>There had been a mass shooting.<p>Then another story broke.<p>Some madman with his fingers on a big red button with megalomania …

The 23 Best National Park Adventures

Longtime park patrons known that what makes parks significant isn’t the packaging, but what’s inside their borders. Still, the more popular parks get …

15 Morning Habits to Boost Your Creativity All Day

No matter how much truth there may be to that old saying about the early bird getting the worm, we can’t all be morning people. There’s a rumor going around that early risers are more productive than the rest of us, but bed is just <i>so</i> comfortable… and that obnoxious alarm is just so, so terrible. We …

The Top Ten Tips for Stories that Grip - David Baboulene - Story Consultant

Over time, I have been fortunate to work with some famous people who have made their money from stories (for details, see the <i>In Conversation With…</i> …

Writing

Writing is easy

Writing is not easy. It takes commitment, desire, hard work, and a lot of hours spent attempting to focus on adding words to the blank white monster …

7 Things You Must Give Up to Become a Successful Writer

Can you hear that?<p><i>Pop.</i><p>It’s the sound of me bursting your bubble.<p>I started a blog to help other writers because I know it’s possible to …

The Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Here are the new titles that have caught our eye so far in 2018.

Books

17 Children's Fantasy Series You May Have Missed As A Kid — But Should Read Now

I've spent a lifetime reading fantasy novels, but there are <i>so many</i> novels and series that I didn't have the chance to read when I was younger and …

7 Self-Improvement Books That Actually Work

Image: iStock<p>Stuck in a rut and want to get more out of your day than sitting at a desk, punching keys and drinking lukewarm coffee? Hate reading …

Barack Obama wants you to read this book on making smarter decisions

Four years ago, a few months before he was re-elected, President Barack Obama read a book on the science of decision-making that he now considers one …

5 Tips for How to Read Faster Without Losing Comprehension

Remember the 1996 John Travolta movie <i>Phenomenon?</i> No? Well, that’s okay – neither do I. But I remember the trailer, in which Travolta gets zapped by …

To Improve Your Storytelling Skills, Use Abraham Lincoln as Inspiration

The Gettysburg Address follows a structure that will work for you, too.<p>Time magazine lists it as one of the 10 greatest speeches of all time. It is a poignant expression of the travails of a troubled nation. And it contains an opening line that most Americans can still recite years after they …

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7 Books with Unusual and Unconventional Formats

When you crack open a book, you generally know what you’re getting yourself into, format wise. A story divided into chapters made of indented …

Eight books to feed on this week

<b>The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations</b><p>GDP numbers are by far the most-watched when it comes to gauging an economy's …

12 Books That Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags And Travel Across India

Fuel that wanderlust.

Where to Go in Paris to Find Your Favorite Writers' Old Haunts

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays …

This simple technique can help you to take in more of what you read

Whether it's Facebook content, Bill Gates's favorite book, or the latest critical business report, most of us enjoy reading or have to do quite a bit of it through the day. But in the rush to do everything in less time, you might be missing a crazily simple way to commit more content to memory:<p>Just …

15 Life-Changing Books, According to Real Simple Editors

A great read can be transformative—and may even change the way you think about your life. These books, chosen by <i>RS</i> staffers, are so powerful, you’ll …

The Best Modern Philosophy Books

<b>We’ve now explored both the most important philosophy books as well as the best philosophy books for beginners, however – naturally these lists are</b> …

University of British Columbia

Rati Mehrotra: ‘This book taught me how to write’

Rati Mehrotra's debut novel, <i>Markswoman</i>, is the first in a duology of post-apocalyptic fantasy books revolving around an elite warrior named Kyra and her sisterhood of knife-brandishing assassins. Born and raised in India, Mehrotra crafted the book – deemed "enchanting" and "fast-paced" by Library …