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7 Ways for Thoughtful Writers to Wow Their Editors, Clients, and Bosses - Copyblogger

It’s common for non-writers to have trouble understanding how writing for a living actually works.<p>They imagine bespectacled introverts pounding away …

11 Unputdownable Books To Help Get You Through The Rest Of Winter

Winter isn't just coming anymore — she is here and ready to show the east coast <i>exactly</i> what she is made of. If you find yourself in the path of this …

Books

Write Stronger Sentences With the 2-3-1 Trick

In my six semesters as an English major, this is the best thing I learned: When in doubt, put the best bit of a sentence at the end, the next-best …

25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers | Inc.com

Back in May, just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read queue for months to come.<p>But if you've finally gotten through all the titles that interested you back then, …

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Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice

<b>This post covers some of our 101 websites for writers selected in 2017. Now, we’re hunting for our top 101 websites for writers in 2018. Hit us with</b> …

How to Begin to Write a Book

Every stage of writing a book is a challenge—the beginning, the middle, and the end—but I think figuring out how to begin to write a book might be …

JK Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing

Last month, I brought to your attention Neil Gaiman’s rules of writing. He’s not the only accomplished writer who ascribes to a set of rules. Today, …

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

Mindfulness

This Is How You Can Become a Damn Good Writer

The rhythm of a good sentence moves through you as powerfully as a solid beat. It can cause you to fall silent, placing the book face down, pages …

The Novel-Writing Training Plan

17 Steps to Get Your Ideas in Shape for the Marathon of Writing. Free throughout October.<p>Planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year? Or just ready to …

Creative Writing

Filter words and phrases it's best to avoid in writing fiction

Shares 2K<p><i>Filter words act like a veil between the reader and the character</i><p><b>by Kathy Steinemann</b><p>This article provides a list of writing filters, with …

How to lengthen your novel using J.K. Rowling’s outline method

But now it’s time for this week’s question: What if your novel is <i>too</i> short?<p>To an agent or publisher, this typically signals underdeveloped plot and …

Creative Writing

21 No-Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Avoid an Early Crash

Whether it’s blatant (Lucky Charms, we’re looking at you) or hidden (even in packaged whole-wheat bread!), added sugar tends to be a …

Breakfast

Tale As Old As Time: The Dark Appeal of 'Beauty And The Beast'

In the introduction of <i>Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales of Animal Brides and Grooms</i>, Maria Tatar talks about how to classify a fairy tale using the Aarne-Thompson system. Developed and refined since the early 20th century, it's a massive taxonomy that cross-references our fundamental stories by …

Yes, You Can Create An Unforgettable Protagonist

“In nearly all good fiction, the basic — all but inescapable — plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite …

7 simple steps to create a professional author Facebook page

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 465<p>Facebook is the best advertising around, allowing peers to share and recommend your writing with minimum input from …

Let Emma Watson's Year In Books Inspire Your 2017 Reading List

She's lit.<p>When you consider the series that made her a household name, it’s not that shocking to note that Emma Watson is quite literary.<p>This year, the British actress released her 2016 reading list on Goodreads for all of us to enjoy. Over the course of the past 366 days, the former “Harry Potter” …

20 Steampunk Novels to Read If You're Looking For Something Different

We've included the steampunk genre in our 2017 reading challenge, but some readers may be wondering: what even is a "steampunk novel"? According to the <b>Oxford Dictionary</b>, steampunk is "a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than …

Science Fiction

10 Golden Age Philosophers, and Why You Should Know Them

If challenged to name ten philosophers in ten seconds, some of us might make it to ten. Most of us could possibly hit seven. Of those, the majority …

Sikhism

Word Count for Novels and Children's Books: The Definitive Post

<b>Word count for novels and books</b> is something I don’t think about too often until I travel to a writers’ conference, and then someone asks a simple, …

Writing

It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

Guest writer for Wake Up World<p>A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us. We not …

Mental Health

#FootMassage : Amazing Tips on #Reflexology that Everyone Should Know!!! By ...

By applying pressure manually with your thumb/finger at the specific area meant for a specific organ system you are triggering a response. The organ …

Five Ways To Create Fictional Conflict That Counts

We all talk about creating conflict in a novel, but we must be careful not to create conflict for conflict’s sake. Our characters should not argue …

Howdy Ma’am: Three Ways To Introduce Your Characters In The First Few Lines

<b></b><b></b><br>Thin slicing<br>We all thin slice. No, I’m not referring to your culinary skills. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book <i>Blink</i>, thin slicing is defined as our …

Days 4 and 5: the summary outline

During days four and five of the 30-day method, you'll start writing your preliminary outline in the form of a summary essay, describing the images and specific details you already have in mind. Worksheet 5 should get you started.<p>Summarising a story as you're preparing a preliminary outline will …

15 More Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students Teaching Literary Elements

15 More Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students & Teaching Literary Elements<p>I recently wrote about thirteen of my favorite short stories to …

A perfect storm: Margaret Atwood on rewriting Shakespeare’s Tempest

Whenever people ask me that inevitable question, “Who’s your favourite author?” I always say “Shakespeare”. There are some good reasons for that. First, so much of what we know about plots, characters, the stage, fairies and inventive swearwords comes from Shakespeare. Second, if you name a living …

Literature

Common Core Writing: Argument Writing

This is my fourth in a series of posts about my online course, Common Core: Implementing the Writing Standards. In my first post, I gave an overview …

Write, Publish and Repeat

<b>If you`re an author you should read the book and watch the online course - They are just great! Here are four ideas that are worth sharing from the online course "Write, Publish and Repeat" and also the book of Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt.</b><p>1. <b>Outsorce your ebook cover.</b><p>You should not do your ebook …

Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels

They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.<p>Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men …

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