Patrick Batey

36 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 4 Following | @patrickbatey3 | Keep up with Patrick Batey on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Patrick Batey”

Prettiest NYC homes that hit the market this week

This week’s edition includes Chelsea’s ‘Wet and Wild pool house’ and an Upper East Side co-op with Central Park views<p>Every week, Curbed covers dozens of market listings that vary in price, location, size, grandeur, quirkiness, and other distinct characteristics. If they managed to capture our …

Japan’s decluttering guru says she is on a mission to 'organise the world'

Interview: Marie Kondo, Japan’s superstar tidying guru, tells the Telegraph how Shintoism influenced her methods - and how life with a new baby has not dented her devotion to order<p>She has revolutionised underwear drawers around the world, likes to thank belongings for their service before binning …

Minimalism

10 Tumblr Blogs To Follow For Great Writing Tips

Few websites are friendlier to creatives than Tumblr, a place to scroll through, like, and reblog posts like there’s no tomorrow. It’s not …

Writing

Good Writing vs. Talented Writing

The secrets of good writing have been debated again and again and again. But “good writing” might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for. In <b>About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews</b> (<i>public library</i>), celebrated author and literary critic <b>Samuel Delany</b> — who, for a fascinating …

F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing: Letters of Advice to a Friend’s Teenage Daughter and to His Own

What is the secret of great writing? For David Foster Wallace, it was about fun. For Henry Miller, about discovery. Susan Sontag saw it as self-exploration. Many literary greats anchored it to their daily routines. And yet, the answer remains elusive and ever-changing.<p>In the fall of 1938, Radcliffe …

How to write a bestselling novel

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Every time I tell people that I’m trying to write a thriller, I am reminded of Peter Cook’s quip: “I met a man at a party and he said, ‘I’m writing a novel.’ I said, ‘Really? Neither am I.’”<p>I <i>haven’t</i> been trying to write a novel for more than a year now. I have a …

6 Pieces of Writing Advice from First Time Writers Over 40

At 23, as a shiny new MFA graduate, I stumbled upon Deborah Spark's, <i>Twenty Under Thirty</i>, an anthology that collected the early works of rising stars in contemporary fiction. From this book and the convoluted thinking of youth, I imagined a certain expiration date on writing success. If I don't …

The 10 Emotional Stages of Writing Your First Novel

It has been on your New Year’s resolution list, your bucket list, your list of life goals and you’re finally going to do it—write a novel. But before …

Backyard Writing Shed

Five Essential Tips for Anyone Trying to Write A Book

It’s now incredibly easy to become a published author, but that doesn’t mean anyone is going to buy your book.<p>Here are ten tips that should help anyone hoping to put pen to paper.<p><b>1. Know Your Reader First.</b><p>If you want to sell your book, you should work out before you start whom it’s for. Who is …

‘How I Started Writing Songs Again’, A TED Talk by Sting About How He Overcame Writer’s Block by Returning Home

In his TED Talk, “How I Started Writing Songs Again,” former Police frontman Sting discusses how returning to his hometown of Wallsend in the …

How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More

Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love<p>This year, I talked to nearly 50 different writers for the By Heart series, a weekly column about beloved quotes and cherished lines. Each author shared the life-changing, values-shaping passages that …

6 Writing Tips From John Steinbeck

<i>The legendary author explains why you should abandon all hope of finishing your novel.</i><p>If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we've been right on course with David Ogilvy's 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller's 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great …

Here's What Happens When Architects Write Fairy Tales

Online architecture organization <b>Blank Space</b> recently released renderings from its fairytale competition, wherein they asked architects to write a story and design the fantastic structures of its world. The results seem to universally inhabit a space between daydream and dystopia: some are bleak, …

An author’s tips: ‘Write as much as possible. Have fun ... be patient with your prose’

Poet Earle Birney began a new chapter in Canadian literature when he established the country's first Department of Creative Writing that operated separately from an English Department. Fifty years later, the University of British Columbia program's graduates – who include Zsuzsi Gartner, Charlotte …

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: On Being Teachable

It's recommendation-writing season again in academia, that period of months, from November to February, when a professor spends her spare time conjuring new and unique combinations of words and phrases to sing the praises of her students in letters that will gain them entry into graduate programs …

Self-improvement

Should You Write a Memoir or a Novel? 4 Key Questions

You have a great story to tell about something that happened to you. But should it be fiction or a memoir?<p>The answer to that question is less straightforward than it seems. Let's say you've always wanted to write about your mom being a witch with her own coven, or that wild backpacking trip you …

Robin Hobb's Reddit AMA Reveals Writing Process, Early Beginnings, More - Unbound Worlds

You may have missed Robin Hobb’s AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) discussion at Reddit, but fear not: The entire archive is ready and available for you to …

3 Questions Your Professional Writing Bio Must Answer

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>You’re writing your cover or query letter, and it’s time to add your bio. But what information do you include and what should you leave out? Whether you’re a professional writer or just starting out, deciding how to describe yourself and your publication credits (or lack …

Novel Building From the Bones up: Two Pros Contrast Indie vs. Traditional Writing Process

First of all, let's define "pro:" for the purposes of this article, a pro is someone who earns his/her primary income from writing. My friend Toby Neal and I are pros, with multiple novels and credits of various kinds under our belts. In our chats about writing, we've discovered we each have a very …

Writing

17 Signs You’re A Writer At Heart

1. You often have trouble falling asleep because things are constantly writing themselves in your head.<p>2. The notes app on your phone has hundreds of …

Incredible Award-Winning Aquatic Designs Inspired By Nature

<b>Serkan etinkol, Turkey: 2013 IAPLC Top 27</b><p>Every year, the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) receives design concepts from aquarium hobbyists throughout the world. Designers propose a wide range of concepts set within various tank sizes that are intended to function as …

Hong Kong

10 indie games to look out for in 2014

Welcome! Come through to the parlour of 2014, sir, madam, and taste of the finest delicacies and morsels this year's small developers have to offer. There is much in the way of cyberpunk, horror, and sparking neon, and would you care for a canape of David Lynch with a little Burroughs perhaps? Ah, …

Valve Announces 'Steam Machines' Gaming PCs for Your Living Room

In the second part of its cryptic announcement series, Valve Software announced it is creating its own hardware for living room gaming — called Steam …

How to Write for an Hour

<b>Always follow the rules,</b> whether it's a prompt, iambic pentameter or waiting 30 minutes after you eat. Then, suddenly, don't follow them at all. Break rules as many times without creating a trend.<p><b>Keep readers suspicious.</b> Imagination is found in the form and the story is in the laws we decide to …

4 Ways Improving Your Writing Can Improve Your Life in 2014

Now that the holidays are over and we no longer have an excuse to stuff ourselves with pie and watch television until we fall asleep (not that we're going to stop doing these things, mind; we just don't have an excuse anymore), many of us turn to New Year's resolutions to get ourselves in …

Japanese Writing for Beginners

Writing might be one of the most difficult, but also fun, parts of learning Japanese. The Japanese don't use an alphabet. Instead, there are three …