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Writing Isn’t Even, Like, That Hard

It Comes Down to Three Simple StepsI tend to overthink things. A lot.When I first started writing three years ago, I suffered from extreme paralysis …

Writing

30 Egg Breakfasts That May Turn You Instantly Into a Morning Person

Maybe you know how to scramble eggs, but if you're looking to freshen up your breakfast routine, allow these 30 takes to do the trick. Most of these recipes can be prepared for one and at the snap of a finger, so you <i>actually</i> have time to savor the most important meal of the day.

Eggs

25 Workout Moves for Men Over 40 That Blast Fat and Build Muscle

Meet our picks for the best lifts to sculpt your body -- at any age.<p>A quick Google search for the best fat-burning and muscle-building exercises always yields the same results: squats, bench press, rows, chinups, and deadlifts. The classic compound exercises that have probably served as the base of …

Workouts

Work Your Entire Body With Jillian Michaels’ 12-Minute Cardio Workout

Challenging but rewarding, this routine will have you sweating in no time.<p>If you’re in need of a quick, whole body routine, Health senior fitness …

Workouts

My golden rules to ‘Show don’t tell’

6 useful tips I use in my writing<i>Show don’t tell</i> is of the most relevant writing techniques, it confers quality to the texts and involves the …

Creative Writing

10 Light & Easy Chicken Breast Dinners — Recipes from The Kitchn

Seeing as chicken breast is one of the most versatile ingredients you can have on hand for dinner, it's no surprise it's something we all turn to no …

Cooking

25 Fears You Have about Your Writing and How to Conquer Them All

As writers, we all have very similar fears about our writing. But often we don’t express them. We keep them inside, and then these fears either eat …

Government Suspends Use of Vaginal Mesh To Treat Stress Incontinence

Women around the world reported life-changing complications after the procedure.<p>The use of vaginal mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) …

Why Meditating Before A Party Is Actually A Great Idea, Especially If You Get Anxious Easily

Picture this: You're at a party, and even though you know you should be having a good time, you're incredibly nervous and overwhelmed by the sea of …

Mindfulness

How to Be a Better Person

We all want to be our best, but many people wonder if it's actually possible to become a better person once you're an adult. The answer is a …

Is the end nigh?: new blood tests can reveal your life expectancy

Yale scientists develop measure to calculate biological age with greater accuracy<p>It could be just the thing for those who need a nudge to start ticking items off their bucket list; scientists have developed a blood test that reveals how long a person has left to live.<p>The test draws on nine …

Blood Tests

Want to Lose Fat? This Trainer Says You Should Plan Your Strength-Training Sessions Like This

There are a lot of differing opinions out there in terms of how often you should strength train. Even if you're a beginner, you might be surprised at how strong you are — and how much stronger you can get. Vishal Kumar, B.S., multicertified trainer, functional movement expert, and general manager …

10 simple strength and conditioning exercises you can do at home

<i>This is a sponsored article in association with Liv Cycling</i><p><b>You don't need a gym membership or lots of time to complete a strength and conditioning</b> …

Workouts

Metacognition: Pupils and staff alike should learn how they think

These days, new ideas about “best practice” in the classroom are published every day. It is an indication that educators are increasingly taking …

21 dreamy destinations where you can see the bluest water in the world

We may be smack, bang in the middle of a muggy heatwave, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of being somewhere tropical.<p>From hidden water holes in …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.<p>In his …

Hemingway's Writing Tip That Will Save You Time and Energy

You don't need to move to Paris, but you should reread your work as you go.<p>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 …

Skills List

• setting<br>• plot<br>• structure<br>• background<br>• theme<br>• epiphany<br>• Image<br>• language<br>• mood<br>• narrative tension<br>• first person<br>• third person close<br>• third person distant<br>• third person …

Creative Writing

The Writerly Skills Test

This week I handed eighteen writers a list of skills – from dialogue to structure to imagery to ability to take criticism and resilience. The writers …

Creative Writing

Where Jennifer Egan Drew the Line for Researching Her New Novel Manhattan Beach

The author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and now Manhattan Beach explains how a desire to tell a story about female strength led her to World War II-era New York, and the water surrounding it.<p>Like any writer <b>Jennifer Egan</b> has her obsessions, among hers: female identity, life-altering acts of …

Becoming Writer for Books

How do you structure fiction and nonfiction books? How do you structure novel scenes and nonfiction chapters? In this core lesson we’ll talk about …

Radney Foster on Writing, Reading, and Redemption

Place pulls Southern writers so strongly that they can never fully move away from their Southern ground. Although he lived in Oxford, Mississippi, …

Literature

Three Pieces of Advice for Building a Writing Career

Want to build a writing career? Do these three things.<p><b>WRITE.</b> Many people say they want to be writers, but rarely actually write, finish, or publish …

Scared of Becoming an Author? 6 Secrets to Overcoming Publishing Fears.

A post shared by Elephant Journal (@elephantjournal) on Oct 17, 2017 at 8:34am PDT<p>I’m not a writer. I’m not a writer.<p>I am <i>not</i> a writer.<p>I don’t know …

Writing Prompt (Composition)

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Definition<p>A <i>writing prompt</i> is a brief passage of text (or sometimes an image) that provides a potential …

Teaching Topic Sentences Using Models

Crafting Good Topic Sentences that Focus the Reader<p>Topic sentences can be likened to miniature thesis statements for individual paragraphs. The topic …

5 things I wish I’d known before writing my first novel, Five Parks

I have written a novel.<p>Five words that every writer, aspiring or otherwise, longs to pen, or, as is more likely these days, type.<p>And I am lucky …

Women who dye their hair ‘are at greater risk of breast cancer’

People shouldn’t dye their hair more than six times a year if they want to avoid cancer, a surgeon has claimed.<p>Professor Kefah Mokbel, a breast …