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Writing and the Creative Life: One key to creativity… naps?

“There is a cultural bias against sleep that sees it as akin to shutting down…”I was doing my usual thing yesterday, working my way through a virtual …

Creativity

10 Instant Pot Keto Recipes That Are So Good, You'll Forget You're On A Diet

I follow an absurd amount of food blogs on Instagram, and Instant Pot and keto recipes are <i>everywhere</i> right now. While I love a good slow-cooker …

Cooking

Why 'Wonderbook' By Jeff VanderMeer Is The One Book About Worldbuilding Every Writer Needs To Read

As any writer of science fiction or fantasy will tell you, worldbuilding is the most arduous part of composing a new story. It can be tough to know …

Creative Writing

My 5 Step Plan on How To Write Every Day

I have a confession.I have a very hard time staying consistent with my writing. I know the importance of being consistent, of showing up every day so …

Creative Writing

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

Creative Writing

The 10 Best Screenwriting Books To Read in 2018: Our Top Recommendations

The 10 Best Screenwriting Books To Read in 2018: Our Recommendations Below you’ll find our list of the best screenwriting books every aspiring …

Writing

How to Stay Motivated

When it comes to getting things done, motivation is everything. No matter what goals and aspirations you have in life, you will most certainly need …

Motivation

Reader Question: What to do when you feel out of touch with creative energy?

“Be sure not to overlook an obvious consideration: Do you have a strong emotional connection to the story you’re writing?”A question from Julian …

Screenwriting

Hemingway's Writing Tip That Will Save You Time and Energy | Inc.com

When it comes to writing a book, there are many reasons to emulate the masters. Proust famously wrote in bed, while Joan Didion took an hour before dinner to read that day's writing with a drink in hand. Most authors have a strict schedule for writing days that they adhere to without question. But …

Writing

Why Is Great Screenplay Writing So Hard to Judge?

“Judging a screenplay from a finished film,” an apocalyptically disheartened screenwriter once told me, “is like arriving at a murder scene and …

Friday Questions

Comin’ at ya – Friday Questions.<b><br>Peter starts us off:</b> <br>A rather random Friday Question from me:<br>What's your favorite food?<br>Hey, who said every question …

Screenwriting

A top psychologist shares his 3-step method parents can take to discipline their kids

Ross Greene wants to make life easier.<p>Greene is the groundbreaking psychologist behind the theory of "collaborative partnerships," an approach that discards the stuff of traditional parenting — timeouts and the revocation of privileges — and replaces them with calm, focused discussion.<p>"The best you …

Parenting

Optimize Your Daily Schedule for Maximum Productivity -- Here's How

Highly successful entrepreneurs stay organized and accomplish a lot by following a routine. Are you one of them?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is one thing all highly successful business people do to stay organized and focused throughout the day: They all follow …

Time Management

The 1 Secret Brain Exercise That Will Help You Achieve All Your Goals | Inc.com

There's a funny truth in the business world: hard work does not equate to success. If you've believed in this supposed connection for any length of time, you may find it unbelievable that there is in fact no direct cause-and-effect relationship between those two things.<p>So, if you can't draw a …

Self-improvement

A BBQ Pitmaster's Secrets to the Most Tender Ribs

<i>This Labor Day, we're partnering with Smithfield, provider of fresh pork ribs, and pitmaster Tuffy Stone. As a classically trained French chef and owner of Q Barbeque in Virginia, Stone works magic with dry rub and glaze to bring out the texture and flavor you want. While perfect for a long holiday</i> …

12 Small Adjustments That Make the Difference Between Success and Failure in Every Aspect of Your Life

It's a lot of little things, done steadily, that separate the the smart, hard working people who succeed from those who don't.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same."</i> - Colin R. Davis<p>Most ultra-successful …

Motivation

Why Most People Will Not Be Successful | Inc.com

Many people with lots of money have unhappy and radically imbalanced lives.<p>Real "success" is about continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.<p>So why won't most people be successful?<p>Why don't most people evolve?<p>Evolution requires you to become more focused on …

Self-improvement

Black List writers on the craft: Story Prep (Part 6)

Over the years, I have interviewed over 40 Black List screenwriters. This month, I will run a series featuring one topic per week related to the …

Writing

How to write a novel this year: 'I'm surprised at how much time I find'

It is liberating and terrifying to write whatever comes into my head. The following morning, I read over it: it’s full of cliches<p>• From being happier to quitting sugar – how to achieve your goal<p>Ambition, people say, is an itch, begging to be realised. I’ve been intending to write a book for a …

Time I

A 'Bulletproof' Method For Staying on Track | Inc.com

As we start 2017, a number of entrepreneurs out there are working off of the list of things they'd do or not do differently this year. From growing key metrics in the business, to focusing on the key things that matter each day. One of those things on my list is to get better organized, so that I …

Productivity

How to use Portrait Mode like a pro

Portrait Mode has quickly become the standout feature on the iPhone 7 Plus. When you get the new dual-lens camera in the hands of pro photographers, it’s not hard to see why.<p>Apple published a new guide today that reveals how photographers are using the new Portrait Mode. Most of the tips are pretty …

The Best Roast Potatoes Ever Recipe

This year, I decided to reexamine my potato-roasting method from the ground up with the idea of completely maximizing that crisp-to-creamy contrast in each chunk of potato, testing and retesting every variable, from cut size to potato type to boiling and roasting methods. The result is this recipe, …

The Food Lab's Step-by-Step Guide to Smoking a Turkey

GalleryThe Food Lab's Step-by-Step Guide to Smoking a Turkey<p>Thanksgiving is far and away my favorite holiday, but this year marks a new twist in the family fun: It's the first Thanksgiving that my wife, Adri, and I are hosting, and the first Thanksgiving that my family is celebrating away from the …

BBQ

Here’s what the best salespeople do to close more deals and make tons of money

Sales is a tough job.<p>But when it's done right, it can make you rich.<p>We took a look at Salesforce's latest annual State of Sales report and a separate survey of 280 salespeople from Quotable to find out what the best performing salespeople and teams do in common to sell more and make tons of …

Salesforce

How To Escape The Procrastination Doom Loop

When you imagine a highly productive person, you likely think of someone who focuses effortlessly on the job and never succumbs to procrastination. You know, the type who can sit on the ground in a subway station with their laptop and still manage to get more done in an hour than you would in a day …

Procrastination

Air Purifier Comparison

Air Purifier Comparison Gadget Review - Your lifestyle gadget siteUsing industry best practices and regulatory standards, we’ve developed a …

Smart Homes

Ultra-Crispy Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder Recipe

<b>Note:</b> If you want to serve your pork with a sauce, try sweet and spicy nuoc cham, Chinese style char siu, Cuban mojo, a sweet Memphis-style barbecue sauce, or a bright Argentinian chimichurri. Or better yet, a whole selection. Alternatively, do not use aluminum foil when roasting. After roasting, …

10 Habits That Will Make You Much Happier

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to grasp. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it’s taken ahold of you.<p>And let’s face it, happiness and work do not always go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, …

Happiness

10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

Creativity