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20 Tips For Writing a Captivating Short Story (Part 1)

<i>by Mindy Halleck</i><p>Today, as I edit, trim, cut, and otherwise obliterate a short story I wrote that ended up to be 8,000 words, but needs to be 5,000 …

10 Ways to Increase Your Fiction Writing Productivity

<b>Know what you’re writing.</b> Even if you’re a seat-of-your-pants, anti-outlining writer, you should know in advance what you’re sitting down to write. …

Creative Writing

7 Writing Resources to Make You a Better Writer

by Monica M. ClarkOver the years I’ve written about my journey trying to get my first novel published.There’s an emotional aspect to it all, of …

How to Create Characters Who Will Come Alive in Your Novel

The summer after I graduated from college, I worked as a waitress at a restaurant in my hometown. I needed a way to make a few bucks while I applied …

12 Cocktails for Dads Who Don't Like Whiskey

If Father’s Day stereotypes are to be believed, all dads love whiskey. That might be true for some, but it’s definitely not the case for all of …

Passionfruit

Journaling as a Mindfulness Practice.

<i>By Tammy T. Stone</i><p>Before mindfulness became a household word, and far before I had any idea why I was writing, or that writing could be used as part …

This Material Is So Dark, You Can't See It

If I were a supervillain, I’d want my name to be Vantablack. Unfortunately, that moniker is already taken, but not by a Hollywood bad guy. No, its …

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work<p>Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator. In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists, conducted a lengthy Twitter …

How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method

<b>Step 1)</b> Take an hour and write a one-sentence summary of your novel. Something like this: “A rogue physicist travels back in time to kill the apostle …

Writing

Me and Medium!

Let me start by warning you.<br>This is an experiment.<br>I am going to use Medium and all the latest technologies available to dictate my notes directly to …

Egypt

Why is China’s greatest novel virtually unknown in the west?

Dream of the Red Chamber is a masterpiece that has been called the ‘book of the millennium’ and it is high time it receives the attention it deserves<p>When I was a graduate student in Oxford many years ago I shared a house with a brilliant German sinologist who used to push translations my way, …

China

Three Books That Will Immediately Improve Your Writing

So many business accomplishments are dependent on the quality of your writing. And if you’re serious about improving your writing, nothing will help you more than to closely read, actively underline, and diligently apply the lessons you can learn from these three books.<p><i>Bird by Bird: Instructions on</i> …

Writing

The Best Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare With Google Flights

Google Flights is a solid tool for booking travel. You’re probably already familiar with its basic functions, like finding the best price for flights …

36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you …

Flowstate auto-delete note-taking app is a procrastinator’s worst nightmare

Ever find yourself stuck in a writing slump? Do you wish someone could provide you with a catalyst to kick-start your productivity? If that sounds …

Historical Fiction Writing: Experts' Insight into the Genre

obody ever said writing historical fiction was easy. Not only do you have to create vibrant characters, captivating plotlines, and a voice that leaps …

The Fatal Flaw in Weak Descriptions

by e-codices | via Flickr<b>Note from Jane:</b> This guest post is adapted from <i>5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing</i> by C.S. Lakin, Linda …

Cook a Healthy Version of General Tso’s Chicken at Home

Cut calories by making the takeout staple yourself<p>Gooey, sticky, sugary—General Tso’s Chicken tempts you from the takeout menu.<p><b>RELATED:</b> Join the Cooking Streak—Step-By-Step Videos on How to Make 50-Plus Fast and Tasty Recipes<p>You can still pay tribute to The General without derailing your diet. This …

Eggs en Cocotte With Tomato and Goat Cheese Recipe

These easy, individually baked eggs are set above a layer of thick and oniony tomato sauce and topped with crumbled fresh goat cheese.<p>Why It Works<p>Making a divot in the center of the tomato layer in each ramekin helps hold the yolks right in the middle of the ramekins.<br>• A low oven and hot water bath …

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Stock Market's Double Bottom Could Produce A Large Bull Run

The market’s bearish indicators, commentary and sentiment appear to be maxing out. Uncertainty, the wild card, also looks to be topping, as explanations and dire forecasts become repetitive or stretched. If so, stocks have potentially sizeable gains ahead. How big? Possibly huge, judging from the …

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