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When to use a hyphen, an en dash or an em dash | Articles | Writing & Editing

As experienced writers and editors, many <i>PR Daily</i> readers harbor a dislike for the hyphen.<p>It’s a punctuation mark that’s supposed to help writers …

Public Relations

Generation Z is already moving away from Facebook, and 8 more industries could be next

Ishan Goel, a 19-year-old marketing strategist with the Mark Cuban Companies, said it was "not cool" for his fellow Gen Zers to be on Facebook. For today's teens, Facebook is just a tool for group chats or keeping up with parents.<p>"People aren't wanting to post stuff consistently," Goel told …

Ralph Lauren

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

Canadian Literature

Top 6 Online Resources for Short Story Markets

It is received wisdom that in order to get a book published you should start by placing short stories in literary magazines.Like most received …

Fiction Archetypes that Sell Like Wildfire

Contrary to common belief, authors don’t have the loneliest job. In fact, we continue to walk on the paths previously paved for us. In fiction …

'There Are a Lot of People in Distress.' Dear Evan Hansen Creators and Experts On a Youth Mental Health Crisis

In <i>Dear Evan Hansen‘s</i> earliest stages, it might not have been apparent what a large community the musical would tap into when it premiered in 2016. …

How (And Why) You Should Write An Ensemble Cast – Part 2

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>In part 1 of this article, I talked about what an ensemble cast involves and the times that writing one might be the best fit …

After Dozens of Rejections, It Only Takes One Acceptance to Make a Writer

In the winter of 1983 I finished my first book. I wrote it in longhand on yellow legal pads and after putting down the last word I scrawled “The End” …

Scientists decode what makes a New York Times bestseller

Landing a book on <i>The New York Times</i> bestseller list is one of the loftiest achievements an author can hope for. And there’s a science behind which …

15 Perennials That'll Thrive in the Shadiest Parts of Your Yard

Even that dark, wet corner you've neglected for years.<p>Every plant needs water and sun to survive, but not all of them need the same amount. When it comes to exposure to light, these perennials (a.k.a. plants that grow back every year after roots go dormant in the winter) believe less is more.

How Working with Beta Readers Will Help You Sell More Books

Beta Readers Are a Great Way to Figure out If Your Book WorksI’ve always loved this piece of advice:<i>“Now let’s say you’ve finished your first</i> …

Showing vs telling: ‘Show don’t tell’ in narration

Show don’t tell is one of the most abused pieces of writing advice. In her essay ‘On Rules of Writing,’ Ursula K. Le Guin writes ‘Thanks to “show …

Art Talk with Erin Entrada Kelly

Art Talk with Erin Entrada KellyMarch 30, 2018Acclaimed children’s novelist Erin Entrada Kelly will tell you honestly that she prefers children over …

So You Want to Write Children’s Books?

<i>During my time as a book editor—and for a while thereafter—the most common question I’d get was “How do I write/publish a children’s book?” The only</i> …

15 Shade-Loving Plants That Are Made for a Tree-Lined Garden

There's a reason impatiens are so popular.<p>Just because a plant grows outside doesn't mean it thrives in intense, direct sunlight. Just ask these varieties, all of which prefer a shady spot next to the house or under a tree. If your yard is blessed with tons of coverage, these are the plants that'll …

Plants

Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie - Shots and Scenes

Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie – Shots and Scenes<p>We’ve all been brought up with movies. And movies have evolved entertainment. Between them and …

Eating Fruit Can Actually Help You Lose Weight. A Nutritionist Explains

Here’s some good news if you love berries, pears and apples: Ditching fruit isn’t necessary to lose weight. It’s also not smart. Yes, fruit contains …

How to Lose Weight Without Actually Eating Less

When it comes to losing weight, the most important rule of thumb is to consume fewer calories than you’re taking in each day. But cutting calories …

11 times J.K. Rowling tweeted awesome writing advice

Without wanting to sound like too much of a pathetic millennial, writing can be hard work.<p>It <i>can</i> be, OK?<p>Particularly if you're working on something …

Great Advice From 25 Writing Manuals by Famous Authors

There are countless books that purport to teach you how to write. Many of them are good. Some of them are not quite as good. This is the usual way of …

Creative Writing

Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad

<i>Earlier this week, the author Matt de la Peña wrote about the importance of including the darker sides of life in stories for children. In it, after</i> …

Getting Feedback Can Hurt—Here’s How to Ask for It

By L. Roger OwensAsking for feedback on your writing is a delicate dance, the steps tricky to learn, as I was reminded when my eight year-old read me …

Jumanji Author Chris Van Allsburg on the Story's Personal Origins and Its New Reboot

Chris Van Allsburg is responsible for some of the most iconic stories and images of American childhood. After bursting onto the picture book scene …

Why the A Wrinkle in Time Movie Will Change Hollywood

<i>Hollywood’s Once and Future Classic</i><p>Why it took 54 years to turn <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i> into a movie<p>By <b>Eliza Berman</b> | Photograph by <b>Michal Pudelka for …

What Judy Blume Can Teach You Today About Writing and Life

When Judy Blume writes a story, you read. When Judy Blume teaches a lesson, you listen. And when Judy Blume offers to share what she has learned in …

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ruth Emmie Lang

<i>“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Ruth Emmie Lang, author of BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE) is a recurring column</i> …

Scene Anatomy: Questions for Writing the Perfect Scene

Scenes are the basic building blocks of a story, and you need to know how to put the scenes themselves together so you can assemble your scenes into …

Creative Writing

This One Trick Helped Me Write and Sell 30 Short Stories

<b>TN Wesley</b><p>To date, I have sold over 60 short stories to glossy magazines. Advice columns inspired me to write close to half of those stories. Whenever …

Creative Writing