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Colorful Flat Design Illustration by Justina Lei

Sharing his life between Copenhagen and Vilnius, the graphic designer Justina Lei has just realized a new series of illustration while flat design. …

Stories don’t come from apps, novels don’t come from routines

There is a lot of talk about how to write books these days. Not about what is in them, but about how to write them, in the most literal sense: about how to sit in a chair at a table and type, as if this is a skill humankind seems to be forgetting.<p>Recently I saw a lot of online argument, among …

Best Book Writing Software: The 6 Documents You Always Need Open as a Writer

If you’ve been around The Write Practice long, you’ll have noticed we’ve recently talked a lot about which book writing software you should use. …

25 Habits That Will Make You a Writer

Hard learned lessons distilled from 25 years of writing<p>1. Write every day.<p>A daily writing habit is thing number one because it is THAT important. …

Writing

How to Write a Novel in 6 Easy Steps

I’ve wanted to write a book since I was in first grade, but for three and a half decades, I didn’t. Below, I’ve listed the six things that helped me …

What is an omniscient narrator? Narrative examples and tips

‘Narration’ means ‘the action or process of telling a story’ (<i>OED</i>). There are many choices for how you narrate a story. For example, whose viewpoint …

This man makes amazing surreal animations from famous artwork

Famous pieces of artwork are fun to look at, but it turns out they're even more fun to animate.<p>Kajetan Obarski (a.k.a. Kiszkiloszki) is an …

Major Portfolio Trends For 2017 That Creatives Should Keep An Eye Out For

Image via Shutterstock<p><b>You might’ve already seen</b> these spectacular examples of beautifully illustrated websites and impressive examples of graphic …

Graphic Design

Here’s how to become an artist in the real world, and get paid for it

Turning your passion into a job is easier said than done. Despite a slew of start-ups making everything from tech to a fashion career possible, the …

Ceramics

47 Books You Should Add To Your Shelf, According To Poet Rupi Kaur

The provocative artist and poet shares her list.<p>Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years.<p>At 24, the Indian-Canadian artist and poet decided to create a menstruation-themed photo series for a college project. She posted one now-famous photograph to Instagram, showing herself lying on a bed facing the …

5 Tips on How to Make Your Writing Process Feel Like a Game

<i>By Joan Selby</i>Exhausted. Sleepless. Stressed… Oh, you must be a writer! It’s a tough job, but you do it because it’s the only thing that makes you …

15 Vegetarian Brunches for Mushroom Lovers

You may be used to cooking with mushrooms for dinner on meatless Monday, have an arsenal of stuffed mushroom recipes for parties, and incorporate these mouthwatering recipes into your weekly menu… but brunch is where they really shine, adding a savory, meaty flair to vegan and vegetarian dishes …

7 books that will give you the tech knowledge you need to start a business

And every college kid dreams of becoming a tech billionaire. There's a certain 'hollywoodization' of entrepreneurship.<p>It's also much easier to start a business. Throw up a website using one of the many templates out there, host it on Amazon Web Services or GoDaddy, find a problem you think exists, …

Stress really is killing us

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are new clues that the high levels of stress many people endure every day are taking a deadly toll.<p>White, working-class Americans are dying in middle age at a rapidly increasing pace, reversing a long-standing trend toward greater life expectancy across all races and social classes, …

Biomarkers

11 Recipes We Actually Tried And Loved This Month

Here’s what our editors and writers are making in their own kitchens.

15 Online Design Tools To Help You Create Stunning Visual Content

Beautiful design and great visual content play a great part in today’s economy. It doesn’t matter in what field you specify – you might be a writer or entrepreneur wanting to sell your services or products.<p>The main difficulty is that hiring a competent designer might be expensive and if you run a …

Infographics

10 Ways to Turn a Can of Tuna into a Meal

Filling out two slices of sandwich bread is just the start of what a can of tuna has the ability to do. Keep a few cans tucked away in your pantry …

10 Tips to Be Happier and More Loving in Life

I think we all need a life mission in life— mine is peace, understanding, and love.<p>My life’s purpose<p>I’ve spent a long time in my life trying to …

17 Cheat Sheets Every Home Cook Should Know About

From baking hacks, to perfect pastas, to slow cooker shortcuts.

Here are the winners of the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

Writers from all over the world came together to celebrate books Monday night at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.<p>The ceremony is an annual …

Books

Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

Basic Plot for the Beginning Writers<p>Updated October 23, 2017<p>If, like many people, you labor under the idea that for "real" writers, plot comes …

Creative Writing

Paper artist transforms historical landmarks into silly scenes

What if the Colosseum was invaded by a giant octopus squirming its legs in and out of the columns? Or how would the statue of David look in a pair of …

Ancient History

How to Create Sharp Angles in Your Writing

This assignment should be no problem. In fact, it’ll be a blast. What could go wrong? Suppose for a moment that all you have to do is write a …

The 10 Designers Every Guy Should Know

The 10 Designers Every Guy Should Know

Images: Sci-Fi Alien, Creature, Machine, And Planetary Art From Pascal Blanche

This is a collection of sci-fi art from Pascal Blanche.<p>Blanche is an senior art director at Ubisoft Montreal and an illustrator and concept artist. …

8 killer Typography Tips To Maximize Your Design Skills

Come the time when typography has become the lifeblood of your brand image. The advanced web designing junkies swear by good typography because it …

Hundreds of Vintage Posters Are Now Available to Download and Print 100% Free

Soviet propaganda, old liqueurs, and advertisements for 60s airlines— start your printers!<p>If the posters of today still had the look of those of yesteryear, would they still get tagged and trolled as often? Much work today, it seems, lacks the graphic audacity of yore, opting instead for forms and …

Motion Design and Illustration: Loopy by MUTI

Loopy is a graphic design and motion design project created and shared by MUTI on their Behance profile. This project caught my attention because it …

The dark side of the brain: Too much emotional intelligence is a bad thing

<b>(Shutterstock/Lightspring)</b><p>A new study suggests that profound empathy may come at a price<p>Agata Blaszczak-Boxe<p>March 20, 2017 7:58am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Recognizing when a friend or colleague feels sad, angry or surprised is key to getting along with …

Emotional Intelligence