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Intimate Black and White Portraits of Exotic Animals in Captivity

It’s been a very news heavy couple of days, with much of the news being depressing or controversial at that. So if you need a break from all the …

Colo's Bookshelf

Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book

<i>“The mind, the brain, the top of the tingling spine, is, or should be, the only instrument used upon a book,”</i> Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his treatise on what makes a good reader. <i>“Part of a reader’s job is to find out why certain writers endure,”</i> advised Francine Prose in her guide to reading like a …

Top 10 Sources of Inspiration for Creative Writing

Ayn Rand once said, “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” You should think of creative writing in …

Why Reading Helps You Become a Better Writer

Print<p>If you want to become a better writer, try spending more time reading!<p>I’ve always liked Stephen King’s advice, <i>If you don’t have time to read,</i> …

'Fight for what you believe in': How best-selling authors battled rejection - TODAY.com

Today<p>James Patterson, Samantha Shannon and Khaled Hosseini talk about how they dealt with rejection and got their careers going.<p><i>Samantha Shannon’s “The Bone Season” is the first pick for the new TODAY Book Club. Read</i> <i>an</i> <i>exclusive excerpt and</i> <i>RSVP to join a Google Hangout with Shannon and Natalie</i> …

Writing

Just A Cat, Dressed As A Shark, Riding A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

You'll be glad you watched this.<p>Delightful. Watch the clip in full.

Domestic Technology

How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators

What extraordinary energy we expend, as a culture and a civilization, on trying to understand where good ideas come from, how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, its mechanisms, and the five-step action plan for coaxing it into manifestation. And little compares to the anguish that comes …

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greaterthantumblr@gmail.com @greaterthanblog<p>RSS<p>/<p>Archive<p>How to finish a novel<p>nechamaelle:<p>First know how it ends<br>• Write your ending, and then write to …

greater > than

greaterthantumblr@gmail.com @greaterthanblog<p>RSS<p>/<p>Archive<p>Rules for Writing Well<p>meltinyourmouth:<p>26 Golden Rules for Writing Well<p>1.Don’t abbrev.<p>2.Check …

17 Issues Sober People Have To Deal With

The world might judge you for not drinking, but you know you're awesome!

Where 11 Beloved Novels Got Their Names

Some classic titles explain themselves, as they reference characters ("The Great Gatsby") or lines from notable passages ("The Catcher in the Rye"). Others are riffs on even older classics ("1Q84"), and still others remain a pleasant mystery ("2666").<p>Unsurprisingly, the titles of many books come …

Writing Tips: 25 Rules For Keeping It Short And Snappy

<i>The following is an excerpt from "How To Write Short" by Roy Peter Clark [Little, Brown, $20.00]. The author explores not only tweets and statuses, but prayers and haikus, in his instructional book on snappy writing.</i><p>In his book "Write Tight," William Brohaugh has a name for this strategy: nonverbal …

The Private War Of J.D. Salinger

"J.D. Salinger spent 10 years writing <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i> and the rest of his life regretting it," according to a new book about one of America's best-known and most revered writers.<p>Salinger died three years ago at the age of 91, after publishing four slim books. But <i>Catcher in the Rye</i> has sold …

Art & Literature

These Photos Of Abandoned Asylums Will Keep You Awake Tonight

They're the stuff of every horror flick you've ever seen -- but they're real.<p>Photographer Dan Marbaix -- of Odins Raven Photography -- has always had a thing for abandoned buildings. When he visited the now-defunct West Park Hospital in England, he realized asylums have everything a photographer …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

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