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How to Change the Passive Voice to Active Voice

New feature: Did you know that the ProWritingAid editor now offers an option to rewrite your sentences in the active voice?<p>There is certainly a time …

Creative Writing

FREE Online Writing Class for Adults

"Unleash the Writer Within" is designed to help adult writers at various levels, from beginning to advanced. We put writing and generating new …

How to Write a Book Like Stephen King

Ever wondered how to write a book like Stephen King? He’s called the King for a reason, and it’s not just his last name. Stephen King has written in …

Writing techniques to polish your prose

Writing techniques make individual authors’ styles distinctive.From poetic devices (such as metaphor and simile) to narrative strategies, writers use …

Creative Writing

20 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences Ever Written In Literature

<b>We asked our community to recommend some of the most beautiful sentences they have ever read. Here are our 20 favourites from the submissions we</b> …

Literature

3 creative writing exercises to help you read like an author – at Reedsy

<b>Very Important re-blog today…</b>Nail Your NovelWant to learn some ninja plotting skills? Try these exercises at Reedsy.Reedsy is principally known as a …

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.<p>Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Creative Writing

How I Split my Time into 4 Areas to Maximise my Writing Output

I’m constantly tweaking the way I spend my time writing.<p>I’ve tried a lot of different tactics, such as not letting myself leave the desk until I …

How to write stronger sentences with fewer adverbs

Use adverbs sparingly. At their best, they spice up a verb or adjective. At their worst, they express a meaning already contained in the sentence:<p>The …

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

Creative Writing

Write Stronger Sentences With the 2-3-1 Trick

In my six semesters as an English major, this is the best thing I learned: When in doubt, put the best bit of a sentence at the end, the next-best …

Literature

After Al Franken and Roy Moore, We Are Dangerously Close to Botching the #MeToo Moment

Just as society begins to open its eyes, two prominent cases threaten to severely complicate matters.<p>The #MeToo moment is in a far more delicate …

Sleep deprivation stops brain cells firing properly, changing how we see the world

Sleep deprivation stops brain cells communicating properly and affects how people see the world around them, a new study has shown.<p>The new research, which has serious implications for driving while tired, shows that parts of the brain actually turn themselves off to rest even though a person is …

Prep for National Novel Writing month with these online writing courses

November is National Novel Writing Month and if you've been kicking a novel idea around for a while this is your official invitation to just write it …

Writing

How to Fake Playing Piano: Lesson 3

How to install and use Uncomplicated Firewall in Ubuntu

The security of your desktop is crucial. To that end, you should know how to manage the firewall. Here's how easy that can be on Linux with …

Fry Leftover Rice Into a Breakfast Pastry the New Orleans Way

We’ve all found ourselves in the post-dinner situation of realizing we made too much rice. While heartier chicken soup, more textured vanilla …

Goondu review: HTC U11 is a squeezable delight

The HTC U11. PHOTO: Nigel ChenEarlier this year, HTC revealed its first attempt at a new direction for its smartphones with the HTC U …

79 Websites To Get Freelance Jobs Fast

If you’re a freelancer, or if you want to become one, chances are your services are in demand. Freelancers now make up 35% of the U.S. workforce and companies are always looking to outsource and work with them to meet their business goals. All you have to do is get out there and find these …

Employment

Endgame's chief social scientist: We need a cyber security "paradigm shift"

Endgame's chief social scientist Andrea Limbago breaks down the most critical cybersecurity issues threatening both the U.S. and the world today. …

When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas make beautiful focal points in the garden and require minimal care, other than pruning. Many hydrangeas have interesting foliage and bark, …

For a Crash Course in STEM, Head to a Maker Faire

A HoloLens demo or coding boot camp could spark an idea for the next Google, Facebook, or Apple.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Restored Roman Catacombs Reveal Stunning Frescoes

The Domitilla catacombs are the largest underground burial chambers in Rome, housing 26,250 burials in a seven-odd mile stretch underneath the …

A common sunscreen could help make better solar panels

Zinc oxide does it all.<p>You know it as a white smudge across the lifeguard’s nose, or a soothing cream on your baby’s bottom. But someday, the white ointment that protects our skin could generate electricity on your roof or in your car.<p>Many Americans know zinc oxide as the key ingredient in …

How to Fix SambaCry Vulnerability (CVE-2017-7494) in Linux Systems

Samba has long been the standard for providing shared file and print services to Windows clients on *nix systems. Used by home users, mid-size …

Show, Don’t Tell: How to Inject Drama Into Your Writing

Today’s guest post is by Sarah Juckes. Sarah is a YA writer and blogs for The Writers’ Workshop—the UK’s largest editorial consultancy, and Agent …

The best writing advice from J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and more

April 10 marks National Encourage A Young Writer Day, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the best advice our favorite authors have given to …

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. …

Inxi – A Powerful Feature-Rich Commandline System Information Tool for Linux

Inxi is a powerful and remarkable command line-system information script designed for both console and IRC (Internet Relay Chat). It can be employed …