M A Haridy

5 Magazines | 62,012 Articles | 75,074 Followers | 546 Likes | @gazeoz | Executive Editor, The International Experimental Theatre Organization. Writer and theatre director. http://blog.maharidy.com

The Peculiarities of the Olfactory Sense in Insects

<i>It’s late, and you’re still awake. Allow us to help with Sleep Aid, a series devoted to curing insomnia with the dullest, most soporific texts available in the public domain. Tonight’s prescription: a chapter from</i> Ants and Some Other Insects: An Inquiry Into the Psychic Powers of These Animals<i>, a</i> …

Writing

5 common redundancies to remove from your writing

Various words and phrases communicate what a word or phrase refers to, herald additional information or signify a comparison.<p>Still, writers sometimes …

Writing

How to Quit Bad Scenes: Writing Tips from Rufi Thorpe

Sometimes I write a scene and it’s bad. Even after two published books, I am fully capable of writing a scene that doesn’t work, goes nowhere, is …

Writing

The Internet Can Cultivate Writing. Good Writing.

<i>Image from LoadingArtist.com</i><p>Almost anyone who cares about language and knows about or uses the Internet has been guilty at one time or another of …

Writing

One Skill that Will Take Your Writing from Good to Great

Halfway through the writing course, our instructor — not known for being one to sugar-coat — threw out a challenge:<p>“Send me a favorite piece of your …

Working to feed your writing

You don’t need to study English, arts or literature in university in order to pursue a career in the field, writes Shauna Bowers<p>41 minutes ago …

15 Expert Hacks for Wannabe Successful New Writers

How can new writers become successful online or offline?<p>The January 2015 Netcraft survey pulled the number of websites at 876 million+. Proof there are enough writers online to start a continent.<p>So how can a greenhorn build a writing skill that breaks through the noise to build a raving audience …

Writing

How I Accidentally Doubled My Productivity and Creativity

<i>I’m a writer without the use of his hands…what am I going to do?</i><p>Those were my thoughts as the doctor put my broken wrist into a splint. <b>For the next</b> …

Dear Sir/Madam: How should you handle writing salutations and signatures?

Bryan Garner on Words<p>Illustrations by Sam Ward<p>I'm looking at a letter to the Department of Justice that relates to a highly sensitive antitrust …

The Case for Journaling

In our current world, documenting the daily activities of life has become commonplace. We chatter on Twitter and Facebook about our observations, …

Can Goodness Win? George Saunders on Writing, the Artist’s Task, and the Importance of Living with Opposing Truths

“See how long you can stay in that space, where both things are true… That’s a great place to try to be.”<p><i>“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it,”</i> Dani Shapiro wrote in her beautiful meditation on the …

George Saunders

How to Write Fully-Formed Characters in Fiction

More than a city or a nation, the world of a book is in its characters. Everything else is a foundation, a stage upon which people can walk, the …

Startup Idea for Leveraging Good Writers

As someone who is a prolific writer, I happen to respect good writing.<p>These days, however, writings skills are not generating much by way of compensation. Journalism, for instance, a profession that was a good livelihood generator for writers, is an imploding industry.<p>Against that backdrop, here is …

Startups

5 Things Editors Wish Writers Did More Often

Over the last couple of years, writing for online publications has become more and more popular. With the increase in aspiring contributors submitting articles to be reviewed, the work load for publication editors can become overwhelming.<p>As an editor of a large publication myself, there are times …

Writing

Gertrude Stein was well aware of all of this. She was a scientist of language and of thought and music—harmony and melody—in an uncanny way. Words like omniscient and omnivorous come to mind when you think of how she invented and often presented herself (you start rhyming, and going on, when you talk about Gertrude Stein). In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was Gertrude Stein, and the Word was with Gertrude Stein . . .

I think of Gertrude Stein as a genius scientist, which means I don’t have to always love or understand her. A scientist is supposed to make great …

Writers’ blocked: the new works by Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell that you can’t read till 2114

An intriguing literary project by visual artist Katie Paterson called Furture Library is putting novelists’ work in storage for a century<p>12 minutes …

Poets & Writers Toolkit: The Ultimate Website You Can Totally Make

When I first started out as a writer, my ultimate tool was pencil and paper. For some people, that’s still the case. And, in fact, when I’m writing …

The books of Don DeLillo - a beginner's guide

<b>Don DeLillo is the author of the author of fifteen novels and three plays. Many consider his work to be some of the finest writing of the 20th</b> …

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing: Part 1

<i>Expert publishing blog opinions are solely those of the blogger and not necessarily endorsed by DBW.</i><p><i>I’ve worked in the world of books for over a</i> …

Warren Adler: Self-Publishing Pioneer

After going indie in the '90s, the bestselling author of 'The War of the Roses' is still self-publishing and still going strong.<p>Warren Adler is best …

Go Behind the Fiction in These 17 Essay Collections and Biographies

Non-fiction is often overlooked for its flashier fictional counterpart, especially in the varied alien worlds and magical kingdoms of science fiction …

Palestine Literature Festival highlights local and international writers

After the Egyptian revolution had come and gone, the Arab Spring had had its say and General Abdel Fattah al Sisi was installed in Cairo, Jack …

Can a Male Novelist Really Write, and Get, Women?

On writing what you definitely don't know.<p>Writing takes gall. I like to think that's true even for writers with several books under their belt, writers who have been doing it for years. It takes something—guts, gumption, self-delusion—to ask for a reader's time when we all know there's nothing new …

Empathy

6 Weird Things That Happen to Your Body While Running

Running blasts stress, strengthens your heart, and gives you great legs—but it can have some strange side effects.<p>The benefits of aerobic exercises such as cycling or running are unmistakable. But a few of its odder side effects—like tasting blood during a race, maybe—could be mistaken for symptoms …

Health

The Fabulous Photographs of Nature in Israel

Eretz Israel Museum Tel-Aviv is currently presenting two exhibitions of nature photography.<p>The London Museum of Natural History and the BBC Wildlife own one of them, called Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This prestigious international wildlife exhibition started in 1964, and is held annually. …

Nature

BULLETX – The C-47 Gets Upgraded by Filmtools

The C-47 clothespin is vital to filmmakers and creative professionals all across the world. Just like the airplane, their simple design makes them …

A Good Night's Sleep

<i>KAMLESH D. PATEL (Daaji) speaks about the importance of regular sleep patterns and how they affect overall health and meditation</i><p>In today's world, we are exposed to so much information about healthy lifestyle choices, but one aspect of a healthy lifestyle that has not been given enough attention is …

Meditation

Anthony Warlow wins Helen Hayes Award

One of Australia’s most celebrated musical theatre stars, Anthony Warlow, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards. …

Palace Theatre plans Hogwarts-themed Harry Potter facade

West End venue the Palace Theatre is seeking planning permission to give its facade a Harry Potter-themed overhaul.<p>A planning application has been …

Forget storytelling. 'Hypertelling' is the future, says Google Zoo founder

MONTREAL — Stories are being told in new, user-directed, non-linear ways, said Mike Yapp, founder and director of Google’s in-house agency, The Zoo, …