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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> more than a century ago. “There is only one way. Go into yourself.” Rilke, of course, was right – nobody but yourself can help. In the end it all comes down to the strike of the word on the page, not to …

Literature

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (April, May, June Edition)

We’re so pleased to introduce Art Klepchukov to the community today, along with a new potential series on CONTESTS for fiction writers!<i>Art writes</i> …

8 Extraordinary Examples of Constrained Writing

Constrained writing is a catch-all literary term for a whole host of written forms or techniques that limit what or how authors or poets write by …

11 Positions That Help You Go Deeper During Sex

Try these moves when she’s in the mood for something a little more intense<p>In the emotional sense, staring into each other’s eyes and synchronizing your breath for deep, passionate sex can be mind-blowing. But what if you’re looking to <i>literally</i> go deep?<p>As long as your partner is on board, that can …

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The best movies of 2016

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Mapping Deeds -- some options for family historians!

Wake County, NC Land Grant Research <br>Copyright 2011, James P Jones<p>Mapping deeds can be a tricky proposition! You definitely need to have patience and …

Seeing the Elephant

Seeing the Elephant – How it Feels to be Under Fire<b>During the Civil War, soldiers would speak about “Seeing the elephant.” The “elephant” was battle,</b> …

How the North distorts Civil War history

<i>Hugh Howard is the author of “Houses of Civil War America.”</i><p>With astonishing speed — and a surprising new consensus — the status of the Confederate battle flag has been altered. While a reconsideration of that symbol’s original meaning is long overdue, there is a countervailing risk that the …

How liberals invented segregation: The real history of race, equality and our Founding Fathers

Even for reform-minded Founding Fathers, “separate but equal” was more important than “all men are created equal”<p>Edward Coles had a lot on his mind. In July 1814 he was private secretary to James Madison and spent his days managing the president’s business at a time of war. The United States had …

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Is Orgasmic Meditation a Cult?

Fans say it helps women experience better, more frequent orgasms. Critics say it’s overblown marketing.<p>Searching for inner peace? For a growing …

11 Steps To Sacred Sex

<i>To go deeper in your exploration of intimacy in relationships, explore Julie Piatt’s course with her husband Rich Roll, here.</i><p>Sex is sacred.<p>Wait a …

Spirituality

What I Learned at a Radical Relationship Therapy Seminar

Walter Kirn finds a new route to intimacy in a Holiday Inn conference room.<p>I am sitting with my eyes closed, breathing deeply, as an eerily gentle, amplified male voice asks me to imagine the word "safe," to "touch the textures and temperatures of safety," to "breathe the air, the fragrance, of …

The seven stages of writing a novel

The seven stages of writing a novel are for the most part the same whether you’re doing it for the first time or the fourth time. As a student, I can vouch for a fact that this list is also very similar to “The Seven Stages of Writing Your English Class Essay,” just with more pain, tears, and (if …

Writing

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet that one person’s life experience can affect subsequent generations.<p>The conclusion from a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital led by Rachel …

Genetics

6 websites that let you download free ebooks

Flickr/Peter Macdiarmid<p>If you're a voracious reader, chances are you've run into the book lover's biggest problem: Spending too much money on …

Slavery in America was much worse than you probably imagined

This August, when Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter protesters, they told her that ongoing violence and prejudice against blacks was part …

Black History

7 Simple Techniques to Unleash Creativity

If you are prone to creative work, you know that inspiration hits you naturally. Sometimes you fall into a dark spot, so you think that waiting is …

Learning the lost art of cursive writing

With a pencil still in hand, eight-year-old Mitchell Cait-Goldenthal takes a break from the handwriting exercise he’s working on to explain why it’s important to have good penmanship.<p>“When you’re older, if your writing is sloppy for something really important – like if you’re playing Major League …

The Best Approach for Chronic Procrastinators | Inc.com

If you're the type who has struggled to meet deadlines and get started on projects for as long as you can remember, there's no shortage of advice out there for you. From the scientifically validated to the downright odd, there are a million and one articles offering you tips on how to beat your …

Fates And Furies explores marriage with a satisfying, unsettling story

I read <i>Fates And Furies</i> in a day. I meant to read maybe a chapter or two, but I read all the way though until nearly midnight, and then lay in bed …

5 reasons every writer needs this one tool under $20

<i>This is a paid placement and if you buy something through this article or on the BGR Store we will receive compensation from retail partners.</i><p>When <i>New</i> …

Paul Theroux: Deep South still feels American Civil War pain

In my ignorance, I had believed the Delta to be solely the low-lying estuary of the Mississippi river, round about and south of New Orleans, the River delta of the maps. But it isn’t so simple. The Delta is the entire alluvial sprawl that stretches northward of that mud in Louisiana, the floodplain …

My Top 10 Genealogy Family Tree Resources

<b>Cyndi Ingle recently asked a question on Facebook for discussion:</b><p>"One of the new lectures is "Ten Resources I Use Every Day." Top 10 lists seem to be …

Genealogy

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The true story (behind the story) that inspired 45 Years

David Constantine, author of the short story that inspired must-see movie, 45 Years, tells Joe Shute how a startling real-life event sparked his original tale<p>The most talked about film of the week sounds an unsettling choice for Bank Holiday viewing: focusing, as <i>45 Years</i> does, on the silently …

Literature

The Best Indie Movies On Netflix Right Now

If your teenage dreams included staying up to watch Sundance, and if your favorite “popular” movies come from Fox Searchlight, you’re going to love this list. You know you don’t need a $100 million budget to make an excellent film, and the acting chops in indie movies are second-to-none. The range …

Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse?

Faith may have inflamed the conflict, but one lasting legacy of the war may be the toll it took upon American faith.<p>If there is one sober lesson Americans seem to be taking out of the bathos of the Civil War sesquicentennial, it’s the folly of a nation allowing itself to be dragged into the war in …

War