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Challenging Creative Writers To Be More Creative

I have always referred to myself as a creative writer. But recently I've started wondering…what does that even mean? Well, creativity is being able …

11 Songs To Listen To While Writing Moving Scenes

I while ago I talked about good songs to listen to while writing action scenes. But what about inspirational/moving/touching scenes? I can’t even …

Write What You Want To Write: Why You Shouldn't Follow The Current Writing Trend

I’ve been noticing that there is always a trend in the fiction writing circle. Very observant of me, I know. It changes randomly throughout the …

A Nerdy Battle of the Five Armies Viewing

What happens when three semi-vegan writers (who happen to be Tolkien nerds) get together and see the last Hobbit? Well, that’s a question my friends …

6 Easy Ways to Gain Writing Inspiration

It’s happened again. Your writing has come to a standstill. It’s not that you don’t have any ideas, it’s just that you’re not feeling <i>it</i>. What exactly</i> …

Rosa Hubermann's Pea Soup Inspired by The Book Thief

I make it a policy not to read books about dogs. The dogs always die, leaving behind a sobbing character and often a sobbing reader. It’s for this …

10 Ways to Make Your Writing Time More Productive

When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that writers are able to get anything done. We’re natural procrastinators, easily distracted, and …

Controlling Your Plot Bunnies: How to Write A Novel From Start to Finish Without Getting Distracted

I think it’s fair to say that most writers have a lot in common with Doug from Up. We’re mid-story, then an idea scampers through our brain and we …

Robin Williams Did This 1 Thing to Unlock His Creativity--and It's Exactly What Neuroscience Recommends

Unlocking creativity ain't easy--but some brilliant scientific and comedic minds have figured it out.<p>We all have self-defeating habits and do plenty to sabotage our own success. Unfortunately, it's no different when it comes to creativity.<p>Neuroscience research indicates that those who struggle with …

Creativity

Family farms decimated by Wisconsin's dairy crisis

APPLETON, Wis. — Kyle Kurt fought to keep his emotions just below the surface as he talked about selling off his herd of Holstein dairy cows, which he has milked twice a day, 365 days a year, through good times and bad.<p>Dairy farming has been Kurt's livelihood, and his passion, since he graduated …

Forestry

Here’s how to tell whether you’re overindulging your kids

Overindulgence expert Jean Illsley Clarke tells Moneyish how teaching kids to fend for themselves makes them successful adults.<p>Too much stuff, too …

Parenting

This Mom's Flight With Her Kids Was a Nightmare, Until a Fellow Passenger Went Above and Beyond

Jessica Rudeen's first flight with her four-month-old son and three-year-old daughter started in a panic but ended peacefully, thanks to the help of a kind stranger. If you've ever traveled with a screaming toddler you can probably relate to the absolute struggle of trying to keep everything in …

American Airlines

‘How would you like to handle this?’: The question that helped me stop overparenting

Several years ago, we enrolled one of our kids in a private commuter school nearby. It was expensive, but his teachers strongly encouraged us to place him where he would be more challenged. This school offered low teacher-to-student ratios and better access to his instructors.<p>The mission of this …

Parenting

My almost-4-year-old is willful and disobedient. How can I regain control?

<i>Q: My almost-4-year-old is incredibly willful and whines all the time. He does exactly what we ask him not to do, and it’s gotten to the point that I don’t want to ask him not to do anything because I know he will do it on purpose. Everything results in a temper tantrum. He managed to hurt himself</i> …

Parenting

Want to Raise Creative Kids? Science Says Do This With Their Toys (but Most Parents Are Afraid to)

No, it's not just "throw the toys out," like my dad once pretended to do<p>When I was little, my dad once got annoyed at my brother for not cleaning his room. So he took all the toys, announced he was donating them to the Salvation Army--and drove around with them in the trunk of his car for a few …

Kids

The 12 Different Kinds of Doctors in the World

I think it must be a fact of life that most people spend lots of time doing things they don’t really want to do. Standing in line at the grocery …

7 Cliché Characters in YA Fiction That Need to Stop

Super attractive bad boys. Emotionally unavailable girls with a scarred past. An overload of angst. Love triangles. Jealousy. “My life sucks” …

Writing Strong Female Characters: What You're Doing Wrong

Has anyone out there noticed that it is becoming increasingly popular to have a female character as a protagonist? And not just any female character: …

15 Things I Love About Being a Writer

I often wonder how non-writers make it through life. Not only is writing something I enjoy, but it’s something I simply <i>need</i> to do. So I look at …

Keeping it Classy: When is it OK to Use Profanity in Your Fiction Writing?

It is an indisputable fact of life that people eat by placing food in their mouths, chewing, and swallowing. It is also a truth that dogs have four …

5 Steps to Fighting Off Writer's Insecurity

You are not good enough to be a writer.<p>You never have been. You never will be.<p>Everything you write sucks and you can’t do anything about it….Except …

How to Know When to Stop Editing Your Novel

You did it. You finished your novel. Well, at least the first draft. So you edit it for plot holes, then for sentence structure. Then for grammar and …

Writing to Film Scores: Emotion from Music to Paper - A Guest Post by Susannah Metzler

<i>I'd like to introduce you to fellow blogger Susannah Metzler. Everyone wave! Okay, stop, you look really weird waving at a computer screen. You may</i> …

Romance in YA Novels: The Good, The Bad, and The Stupid

When you think about it, YA fiction is a rather odd category. Nobody can quite agree on what its target age range is: some say it’s 12 to 18, others …

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being A Writer Until It's Too Late

<i>Hey guys! First off, I’d like to apologize for not posting last Friday. I had surgery to remove a tumor from my neck that week, and, being drugged</i> …

The Pilot Who Saved That Southwest Flight Is A Badass

Tammie Jo Shults, reportedly one of the pilots responsible for landing the Southwest Airlines flight 1380 that experienced an engine explosion …

Southwest Airlines

5 Steps to Writing 100% All Natural Dialogue - A Guest Post by Miranda Kulig

<i>Hi everyone! Because I'm off in Kansas for Lyme treatment, the awesome Miranda Kulig from Dreams and Dandelions has stepped in for this week's blog</i> …

9 Songs to Listen to While Writing Sweet/Romantic Scenes

I started writing stories when I was about 8 years old. If you had told me then that I would end up writing books with a romance element, I would …

8 Stereotypes in YA Dystopian Novels

YA dystopian: a genre with endless possibilities. It can have wildly different societal rules, amazing technologies, intricate government systems, …

When and How to Murder Your Darlings

I know, I know. The phrase is usually “Kill your darlings.” However, I’ve always chosen to use the word “murder” instead, because kill somehow seems …