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I Wrote for 17 Minutes Yesterday!

Last weekend, I participated on two different author panels during the 2016 Newburyport Literary Festival, an event packed with over 70 different authors that drew 2,000 people to our tiny seaside town.<p>The panels were very different. In the morning, I joined Anita Diamant and Yona Zeldis McDonough …

Why Quitting Writing Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

My Good Earth tea has one of those inspirational yet condescending quotes written on its side:<p><i>Every man dies. Not every man really lives.</i><p><i>--William Wallace</i><p>I suppose you could say it spoke to me, but I think it was more like a slap in the face from the guilt I had lurking inside.<p>See, a few years ago …

It's Not the Writing Part That's Hard

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It's not the writing part that's hard. What’s hard is …

The world's top grammarian fears that this punctuation error is becoming standard English

Does this sentence read OK to you?<p><i>It's the way I'm wired, I'm not about to change.</i><p>If you said no, you're right. It's a kind of run-on sentence or "run-together sentence." It's an example of a comma splice.<p>That's when you join two sentences with a comma. And that's wrong, at least in standard …

The simple truths of language

‘Impenetrable language thrives best in zones where people have an incentive to bore the public away’

10 Weird and Wonderful Words about Literature and Reading

Interesting words related to literature and reading We love to collect interesting words, especially those related to literature, reading, and other …

Literature

Ten books to read in May

From a novel that imagines a lost manuscript by JS Bach to a collection of essays by David Foster Wallace on tennis, Jane Ciabattari selects must-read titles for the month ahead.

Education

If You’re Having Fun, You’re Doing It Wrong: Andrew Kevin Walker On Screenwriting | Fast Company

“It’s a really difficult choice because if I look back at <i>Se7en</i>, it’s a perfect example. If I hadn’t stayed there as little newbie Andy Walker and dutifully done a massive rewrite for [initial producer] Jeremiah Chechik, and turned it into a completely different story with a completely different …

Filmmaking

“I Want to Read Everything”

For a reader who wants most of all to get lost in a book, the difficulty of reading short story collections is that every several pages she and the …

Books

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right? Some things that people have …

Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making

Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips<p>1. Mistaking style issues for errors<p>Should you use italics for movie titles? Do you put full stops inside or outside quotation marks? Is the Oxford comma for all lists … or just some lists? …

Etymology

Empathy Is the Secret to Writing That Sells, According to Science

Can activating mirror neurons make your writing more effective?<p>Writing aimed at driving sales often takes an emotional angle--it taps into feelings of happiness, of sadness, or relief. It evokes empathy, and makes the reader feel an emotional response that suits the sales objective. Think about …

The Brain

21 Things That Will Make Sense To Writers

“How’s the book going?”<p>1. When your story has a strong beginning and end but no middle:<p>2. When you think about the characters you’ve created:<p>3. When people ask you how the writing is going:<p>4. When you’re revising:<p>5. When language drives you crazy:<p>6. When you reread:<p>7. When the entire process is too …

5 exercises to improve your storytelling skills

<i>This article was previously published on PR Daily in April 2016.</i> <br>Football players practice ballet. Pianists repeat small sections of music until it's …

Storytelling

Cathie Borrie on Getting a Book Deal When No One Wants to Publish Your Book

We first met Cathie Borrie years ago on our trips around the publishing world. It was immediately apparent upon reading her stuff that she was an amazing storyteller and an exquisite wordsmith with a true gift for poetic articulation. But her book was about such a difficult subject, we knew she'd …

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right? Some things that people have …

Grammar

A Creative Solution to Writer's Block from Novelist Augusten Burroughs

<b>Augusten Burroughs:</b> Is there such a thing as writer’s block? There are some writers who don’t have writer’s block and there are some writers who …

Poetry
Authors
Artificial Intelligence

6 Tips to Improve Your Writing Game (Without a Degree!)

The movie ends, the credits scroll through and finally -- after a captivating two hours, it says "Adapted from the book, <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> by John Green."<p>"Am I going to watch that say Katie Kiaunis one day?" my dad asks, knowing how badly I want to write a book that really impacts people's …

Five Writers on the Poems That Make Them Cry

<i>Following the success of their previous anthology</i> Poems That Make Grown Men Cry<i>, father-son editorial team Anthony and Ben Holden set out to compile</i> …