MaryBeth Branigan

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The Best Ways to See Europe in Just 10 Days

If there’s one thing that Americans get shafted on (there’s not just one; there are loads), it’s vacation days. A 10-day trip will probably eat up a …

This Beautiful FREE Guide Explains EVERYTHING About How Your Camera’s Autofocus System Works

The autofocus systems in today’s advanced digital cameras are truly wonders of modern engineering, with greater speed and precision than ever before. …

40 Hard Things You Need to Hear

I’m sitting here on the tenth anniversary of a dear friend’s passing, thinking about the last conversation I had with her. With a soft, weak voice …

21 Of The Healthiest Summer Snack Recipes On Pinterest

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Been Let Down Again? 5 Keys To Creating A Culture Of Accountability

It’s an old rule of life that we teach people how to treat us. Yet how often have you held back from calling someone out for failing to follow through on what they said they would do because, well, it was just less awkward to do it yourself. At least in the short term.<p>But here’s the deal: when you …

April Meal Planner: 30 Colorful, Healthy Meals To Keep Your Table Fresh

April is conceptually the first month of REAL spring, so naturally, we tend to focus on light, healthy, refreshing meal options that will help us get in shape for summer. We also get to go *nuts* at the farmer’s market after months of limited seasonal food options. It’s the month of asparagus …

Cooking

100+ Essential Books Every Man Should Read

Amazon is offering $5 off on print book purchases of $15 or more until 11:59 pm December 14, 2017. Use the promo code <b>BOOKGIFT17</b> at checkout to …

Let Me Tell You a Story: Academic Storytelling - Digital Scholarship @ Leiden

Photo by Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig via Flickr<p>I was originally going to call this post Science Blogging, but after digging into the subject, it turns …

Humanities

Copywriting 101: 6 Traits of Excellent Copy Readers Will Remember

<i>Mad Men</i> fans everywhere remember the pivotal first scene where we learn just how talented Don Draper is at his job.Faced with an almost-impossible …

7 Things the Great Copywriters Wish You Knew - Copyblogger

We sometimes talk about web copy and content like they’re the same, but they aren’t — they complement each other, but they also serve two distinct …

Ray Bradbury on Writing, Emotion vs. Intelligence, and the Core of Creativity

Between 1973 and 1974, journalist James Day hosted the short-lived but wonderful public television interview series <i>Day at Night</i>. Among his guests was the inimitable Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920–June 5, 2012) — beloved writer, man of routine, tireless champion of space exploration, patron saint of …

Why You Should Seriously Consider Starting a Copywriting Business (And How to Actually Start)

Copywriting is one of the most competitive writing fields in the industry, but also one of the most lucrative for those at the top their game. …

Copywriting

Writers, Let’s Embrace the New Era—The Era of the Entrepreneur!

Times have changed. The world is not what it was only a few decades ago. As the population of the world approaches 7 billion people, 3 billion people …

Entrepreneurship

Annie Dillard on Writing

What does it really mean to write? Why do writers labor at it, and why are readers so mesmerized by it?<p>From <b>Annie Dillard’</b>s timelessly wonderful <b>The Writing Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — which also gave us her vital reminder that presence rather than productivity is the key to living richly and her …

10 Ways to Write Content That Ranks High on Google

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Since its arrival on the online scene, search engine optimization (SEO) has put writers in a difficult position. Do you write for people or the search engine algorithms?<p>Thankfully, we no longer have to choose. According to an infographic from …

Order to the Chaos of Life: Isabel Allende on Writing

Literary history is ripe with eloquent attempts to answer the ever-elusive question of why writers write. For <b>George Orwell</b>, it resulted from four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as precious access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway …

Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences

The author of horror classics like The Shining and its 2013 sequel Doctor Sleep says the best writers hook their readers with voice, not just action.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>Doug McLean<p>Stephen King brings us two new …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive

Storytelling is the most effective to way to get your point across. Here are some expert tips for doing it right.<p>Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a salesman who traveled the countryside, peddling his wares. Everyone loved his product except the evil king, who wanted to do away with …

Marketing, Sales, Agency, and Customer Success Content

Service| 9 Min Read<p>Twitter Updates<p>Why Twitter Says Losing Millions of Users Will Benefit Advertisers<p>Marketing| 6 Min Read<p>Freelancing<p>The Ultimate …