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15 unusual words that make writers swoon

In a previous post, I wrote about the value of using simple words in place of complex words. Readers are not impressed by the use of complex words; …

Language

Don’t Make These 4 Common Short Story Mistakes

by Emily WenstromShort stories are a great way to hone your craft and snag bylines from literary magazines (and hey, they’re also a ton of fun to …

Creative Writing

Homeless French man writes a bestseller

A homeless man's uplifting memoirs about his 27 years begging on the streets of Paris has become a bestseller in the lead up to Christmas. Jean-Marie Roughol's 176-page book, Je tape la manche: Une vie dans la rue (My Life As A Panhandler: A Life on the Streets), has sold nearly 50,000 copies and …

Bowie in America: how the US got under the singer's skin, and vice versa

David Bowie was dreaming of the country that would become his home since at least the 1960s. It fired his imagination, and his influence on US culture ran deep<p>“By the time I got to New York/I was living like a king,” sings David Bowie on Lazarus, his final single and also the title of the theatre …

Aretha Franklin

David Bowie dead: Rock legend dies at 69

David Bowie, the legendary British rocker who spent the entirety of his career mixing genres and experimenting with theatricality, has died after a …

David Bowie

David Bowie's Visual Legacy

In W magazine's August 2011 issue, photographer Tim Walker captured Tilda Swinton in David Bowie-inspired images. In an accompanying interview, the actress shared that she and Bowie share the same “planetary DNA.” And she's not the only artist who looked to the late musician, who died of cancer in …

David Bowie

Postscript: David Bowie, 1947-2016

This was not supposed to happen. Ever. Because he had been so many people over the course of his grand and immense career, it was inconceivable that he wouldn’t continue to be many people—a myriad of folks in a beautiful body who would reflect times to come, times none of us could imagine but that …

David Bowie

David Bowie obituary

Artist who blazed a trail of musical trends and pop fashion, reinventing himself, his music and media across many decades<p>Until the last, David Bowie, who has died of cancer, was still capable of springing surprises. His latest album, Blackstar, appeared on his 69th birthday on 8 January, and showed …

David Bowie

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

The seven stages of writing a novel

Anna Caltabiano self-published her first novel at the age of 14. Now with three published novels under her belt, the 18-year-old author and student shares some marvellous writing tips for teenage writers and beyond<p>Check out the Guardian children’s books homepage<p>The seven stages of writing a novel …

Creative Writing

Blog a Book Faster than You can Write a Book

<i></i>Eighty-one percent of the U.S. population wants to write a book, but only about two percent will become published authors. The other 98 percent will …

Writing

The Art of Writing and the Art of Life

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf<p>I have two confessions to make. First, my greatest aspiration is to someday be a novelist. Second, Stephen King is my favorite writer--but this is not really a confession, as I'm proud of it and everyone who knows me knows this (and probably wishes I would stop …

Creative Writing

Mexico’s Literary Prankster Goes to War With His Publisher

For several months this year, Mario Bellatin, one of Mexico's best-known novelists, waged a quixotic war against Grupo Planeta, the largest publishing group in the Spanish-language world. An eccentric public figure who wears a variety of striking, artist-designed prostheses in lieu of his missing …

Literature

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5 Beautiful Spots In Cuba to Add to Your Must-See List

<i>This piece originally appeared as 5 Beautiful Spots in Cuba on PureWow.</i><p>Last week, the U.S. government made a historic announcement about normalizing …

Cuba

Vintage Photos of Everyday Life in 1950s New York Discovered in Attic 50 Years Later

These vintage photographs capture a timeless energy and diversity that is characteristic of the sleepless streets of New York City. The recently discovered antique portraits showcase the city in the midst of the 1950’s, as seen through the Rolleiflex lens of the undiscovered photographer Frank …

Vintage

50 Words and Phrases That Writers Get Wrong

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Language

‘I can’t start my book’: You can in 7 simple steps

Writing a book is a wonderful process of discovery and revelation, but it is also daunting, especially if you’re attempting the process for the first …

Creative Writing

30 Renowned Writers Speaking About God

Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz on the necessity of loserdom

The Peanuts Movie leaves Charlie Brown fans with hope, but Peanuts – the comic strip – is enduring because it accepts life’s aches and pains<p>Charles Schulz, author of the Peanuts comics, had this to say about his creation Lucy in 1985: “She is annoyed that it’s all too easy,” he wrote. “Charlie …

Charlie Brown

Top 10: the best dialogue in crime fiction

Some of the most brilliant speech in novels can be found in this genre. From Agatha Christie to Raymond Chandler and even Martin Amis, here are some of the best practitioners<p>I think the most important ingredient of a crime novel is style, and I have tried to embody this philosophy in my new book, …

Literature
Cuba

36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you …

To improve your writing, try 'close reading'

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Some of the Greatest Writers of Dialogue (And What We Can Learn From Them)

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How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit

You have seen research that confirms that writing every day is the best way to become a productive academic. And, you want to be a productive …

How Handwriting Sharpens Your Mind

The earliest forms of writing date from approximately 5,000 years ago. Throughout our history, written communication has played a central role in the dissemination of culture and concepts. Our social brain has fine-tuned this motor skill to be much more than a simple hand gesture. Yet in the past …

Doodling

Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?

by Joe BuntingIf you want to get published, you need to be aware that major New York publishers are looking for a specific word count, depending on …

Writing

Oil forecaster Ed Morse sees oil price rebound — but don’t count on US$100 levels again

BANFF, Alta. • The oil-price crash remains painful and may be far from over, but top oil forecaster Ed Morse offered some hope Thursday to Canada’s …