Elizabeth Gaughan

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A Classic Book for Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Recently at the Flavorwire office we’ve become obsessed (in a skeptical and dubious way, of course) with the Myers-Briggs personality test, a …

Science, Technology, and Health: A Guide to Pitching for Freelancers

Hi writers. We want your stories.<p>At <i>The Atlantic,</i> we’ve long been interested in questions without easy answers. As we focus on expanding our coverage of health, science, technology, we’re letting that tradition of curiosity and doggedness guide us. We want your stories to be a part of this effort, …

Black Holes

Author's book rejected 44 TIMES – but he wins £25,000 prize after it's finally published

He was awarded the sixth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel set in imperial China, The Ten Thousand Things.<p>The book took him 15 …

The Print Book Self-Publishing Checklist: 20 To-Do Items from Bestselling Author J.J. Hebert

• Continually study the craft of writing. Take advantage of all the writing resources you can get your hands on. Read books and articles on writing. …

Writing

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”<p>Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives. But how do stories like the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm or <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> continue to enchant the …

Mapping Your Novel with Scrivener & Scapple

Opinions vary quire a bit on the subject of outlining before writing. Some people prefer to create the world and then see where the characters take …

The best recent science fiction novels – review roundup

Eric Brown on Alastair Reynolds’ Poseidon’s Wake, Sarah Lotz’s Day Four, Kit Reed’s WHERE, Ian Whates’s Pelquin’s Comet, Amanda Downum’s Dreams of Shreds and Tatters and Stefan Mohamed’s Bitter Sixteen<p>A former astronomer with the European Space Agency, Alastair Reynolds writes expansive, …

Books

10 Cases of Extreme Writer's Block

Unlike the plumber or the podiatrist, for whom every day brings another batch of toilets or feet (respectively) to fix, the writer can't always …

Literature

The Only Thing You Need to Know About Writing Strong Female Characters

This week’s video tells you the only true definition of strong female characters—and how you can use it to make your own heroines even more …

Ideal Gifts: 'Our Final Invention'

<i>In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season.</i><p>No single book has inspired me this year more than Our Final Invention, a book by documentary maker James Barrat.<p>This book is a really accessible guide to the argument that artificial …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Space.com Reading List

There are plenty of great books out there about space — so many, in fact, that it can feel a little overwhelming to figure out where to start, …

5 essential books that broke racial barriers

Seventy-five years later, <i>Native Son</i> is still iconic.<p>Richard Wright's novel, which was published on March 1, 1940, was a groundbreaking work about …

When Writers Put Themselves Into the Story

Joshua Cohen, the author of Book of Numbers, discusses Dostoyevsky’s The Double, in which the author becomes a presence in the novella.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Amy</b> …

Literature

53 Of The Best Opening Sentences In Literature

"All this happened, more or less." —Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut<p>2. "The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes."<p>—<i>Girl at War</i> by Sara Nović<p>3. "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to …

How Is "I before E except after C" a Rule?

English spelling is hard. It's hard for kids to learn it, and it's hard for adults who have already learned it to remember how to do it right. It …

Language

Alice@973

© Admedia, Inc<p>They used emojis to describe Michael Jackson, Taco Bell & more!<p>VIDEO: JaM Sessions at The JaMPad with Jayn...<p>Joe Raedle Staff - Getty …

Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed …

How Shakespeare invented 'unfriend' 400 years before Facebook

Studying Shakespeare is made overly complicated by assuming that it is too difficult to understand, Professor David Crystal says<p>Studying Shakespeare for exams is made far more confusing than it ought to be for a generation which has unwittingly adopted the Bard's own language devices, one of the …

Write About

Build Better Writers!<p>High interest<br>curricular content<p>Authentic and<br>safe publishing<p>Feedback and<br>revision<p>Engagement and<br>growth data<p>Help Your<br>Students …

5 Writing Rules That Work No Matter What You’re Writing

by Emily WenstromShort stories. Marketing copy. News reporting. Poetry. Business proposals. Literary fiction. Technical writing. Blogs. …

Learn To Read Like A Writer – Read What You NEED

I don’t mind admitting I’m a selfish reader. I’ve always read exactly what I want for no other reason than, I felt like it. So I never paid much …

Creative Writing

7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar

Advertisement<p>In a world of spellcheck How To Spell Check A Document Without A Word Processor How To Spell Check A Document Without A Word Processor …

Infographics: The Colors Mentioned Most in 10 Famous Books | WIRED

<i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz</i> is predominately green with a sizable strip of yellow thanks to mentions of Emerald City and the yellow brick road. <i>Image:</i> …

20 Embarrassing Phrases Even Smart People Misuse

Even reputable websites have been caught screwing up these idioms, which spell check often doesn't find.<p>When you hear someone using grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? There's no doubt that words are powerful things that can leave a lasting …

Language

Comment on Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then… by We blossom from copying - Tech Secrets

[…] love the copyright blog post by Tolisono. There are concrete links to copyright, creative commons, public domain, and fair use on Wikipedia […]

An American master

It is an article of faith among readers of fiction that James Salter writes American sentences better than anybody writing today. Good writing in the fiction category matters to us because fiction is where we readers expect writing to be the most eventful, where virtuosity within sentences meets …

Books You'll Devour In Your Downtime

<i>Whether you're sitting on a beach or just killing a bit of time on Saturday morning, pick up one of these best new reads for summer 2015.</i>

The surprising story of how Andy Weir's self-published book 'The Martian' topped best seller lists and got a movie deal

It didn't start out that way though. "The Martian" began as a series of self-published chapters on Weir's personal blog.<p>Then Weir decided to put the book on Amazon, selling it for the website's lowest possible price ($0.99).<p>And that's when things snowballed.<p>It topped Amazon's bestselling list of …