Michelle Richmond

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem

“One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.”<p><i>“People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them,”</i> Emerson wrote in contemplating the key to personal …

Literature

BLOG: The Thin Line Betwixt a Creative's Discouragement

Some creatives who lack academic papers in the performing or creative arts are belittled and their artistry is despised. However, those with the …

Creativity

Film Opportunities: January & February

Beginning this year, Submittable is excited to highlight outstanding organizations using our software for <b>film, video, screenwriting, and script</b> …

Arrive Late, Leave Early: Tips for Writing the Perfect Scene

One suggestion I have for writers of memoir is that you should use the same rule to structure your scenes that you would use to decide when to arrive at, and when to leave, a cocktail party. That rule might be summarized: Come in late, and get out early.<p>Let’s say you’re invited to a party that …

Embrace the Power of the Pause

This month I’m honored to host a guest post by Courtney Carver from Be More With Less. She’s been an inspiration to me in my personal and …

One truly simple way to get rid of clutter and reclaim your calm

I decided to count one morning. Just one. On a single morning, I received 32 sales emails from retailers, all promising amazing prices on amazing …

How to Write a Novel

10 Steps from NYT Bestselling Author Michelle Richmond<p><i>Get your free Writer’s Resource Kit, plus monthly writing and publishing tips delivered to your</i> …

Arbitrary deadlines are the enemy of creativity, according to Harvard research

Time can feel like the enemy to an employee in any role, and in any industry, but it’s most acutely threatening to creative types.<p>We may tease them for their diva-like behaviors when they feel persecuted by a deadline, but we have to admit that “develop an amazing new idea” is not something that …

Creativity

3 Simple Methods To Make 2018 Your Most Creative Year Yet

These resolutions probably aren't like the other ones you made.<p>Along with your goals to be more productive, focused, or healthy in the new year, you might also be thinking about ways in which you might increase your creativity. While there are many tangible ways you can improve your creative …

The secret to creativity – and the simple tricks you can use to boost yours

• <b>Albert Einstein thought imagination was the key to his success</b><p>Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh's painting The Starry Night or Albert …

Jazz improvisers score high on creativity

Improvisation may give jazz artists a creative boost not seen among musicians more likely to stick to the score. Jazz musicians’ brains quickly …

5 Things to Enjoy Without Guilt in 2018

a happiness-boosting alternative to New Year’s resolutions<p>Instead of making a heady set of major new year’s resolutions I might abandon by the end of …

Wrestling with the personal: why it’s so difficult to be honest with readers, and why I’m trying now

As my 47th birthday approaches, it occurs to me that I haven’t been very forthcoming with my readers. In the decade plus since I started my blog, I …

Writing

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These chocolate peanut butter cookies are a delicious, grain-free protein-filled cookie that are a perfect post-workout snack!<p>All I gotta say is that …

How to use The One Thing to focus your writing

How The One Thing can help you start (or finish) your book<p>I recently listened to the audiobook The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About …

Writing

A Writing Coach Can Help You Succeed - Here's How - The Book Doctor

Is what you’re doing really working? If not, it’s time for a change.<p>There is no one-size-fits-all solution to writing success. When you work with me …

Home - The Paperclip Method

Plot & write your novel with The Paperclip Method<p>Have you been struggling to write (and follow) an outline? Has all of your well-intentioned planning …

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Creative Career Changes Conquer the White Whale with James Kahn

Please welcome to the podcast James Kahn, author of the novelizations for The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Poltergeist, and Return …

7 Incredibly Useful Writing Tips From a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

A Pulitzer Prize-winning op-ed writer shares his best tips for getting published in The New York Times.<p>Bret Stephens is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who has penned hundreds of oped essays and news columns that have been read by millions of people. He recently joined <i>The New York Times</i> as an oped …

Creative Writing

How to Turn Your Hand Signature Into a Watermark in Photoshop

This week, Colin Smith of PhotoshopCAFE explains how to make a watermark out of your signature in Photoshop using a real signature on paper. The …

Book to Film Deals, Week of July 24, 2017

Julia Dahl's novel, <i>Invisible City</i> (Minotaur, 2014), a mystery in which a journalist investigates the murder of a Hasidic woman, has been optioned for …

5 Books That Will Make You Rethink Love, Influence, Creativity and Technology

Tired of lackluster news and poorly-curated content? Get fresh perspectives from these books.<p>Modern culture is rife with bad information -- a.k.a. noise pollution. Ask any of my data-crunching, info-analyzing colleagues at AirPR, and they’ll tell you forthrightly that most online content is junk. …

The Invisible Forces That Make Writing Work

A couple of years ago, in an essay in The New Yorker, the critic and writer Kathryn Schulz pointed out that we cannot see most of the things that rule our lives. Magnetic fields, electric currents, the force of gravity all work unseen, as do our interior arbiters of thoughts, inclinations, …

Literature

Bernard MacLaverty: ‘Just try to write. You can do it better tomorrow’

The novelist on the privilege of working from home, the benefits of eavesdropping and why he and his grandson love to play ‘throwing writers at the radiator’<p>Sometimes I think I am very privileged. Setting my own hours. No traffic jams going to work. Just walk down the carpeted hall to the study. …

Novel Starter: 50 Days of Exercises and Advice to Get Your Novel off the Ground (PDF)

By<p>Fiction Attic Press<p>Purveyors of excellent prose. Featuring flash fiction, short stories, and novels, as well as inspiring workbooks and writing …

Creative Writing

11 Genius Bathroom Organization Products You Need to Get From Ikea

When medicine, toiletries, and cleaning products start to pile up, your bathroom can turn into a total mess. Fortunately, Ikea is an excellent resource for affordable organization products that will keep your space in order. The Swedish retailer's innovative items with low price tags prove that you …

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