Leia Spinoza

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The Neuroscience Of “Harry Potter”

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …

INFOGRAPHIC: The Science of Storytelling

Brand storytelling is big – and getting bigger. As we’re all geeky about the content, stories and ideas that brands publish we thought we’d take a …

Story-driven Data Analysis

Great analysts tell great stories based on the results of their analyses. Stories, after all, make results user-friendly, more conducive to decision-making, and more persuasive.<p>But that is not the only reason to use stories. Time and time again in our experience, stories have been more than an …

Why Agencies and Brands Need to Embrace True Storytelling

To build on the opportunities that today’s hyperconnected and social consumer as well as new distribution platforms offer, agencies and brands need …

Little Freak, A Touching Animation About a Deformed Boy’s Birthday Wish

<i>Little Freak</i> is a touching animation created by Edwin Schaap about a deformed boy’s birthday wish. According to the creator, the short is a “metaphor …

Animation

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How to Find the Perfect Names for Your Characters

No matter what genre of fiction you write, be it horror like King or Lovecraft, crime like Patterson or Spillane, or more literary fare like Sontag, …

The Power of Understatement in Fiction Writing by Carmel Bird

© Salim Photography / via Flickr<p><i>Today’s guest post is excerpted from Dear Writer Revisited by Australian novelist Carmel Bird (@carmelbird).</i><p>“It is …

How to Build Subplots From Multiple Viewpoints

Become a Breakout Novelist!<b><br>Order Now >></b><p>Multiple viewpoints provide diversion from, and contrast to, the protagonist’s perspective. They can deepen …

The future of humanity

I have seen countless science fiction movies and documentaries about the future of humanity. None of them were as inspiring, beautiful, and realistic …

Solar System

Here's what we know about Magic Leap, the Google-backed company that just grabbed $542M

Magic Leap, an augmented reality company shrouded in mystery, just announced today a raise of $542 million led by Google.<p>Little is known about the company or product, but here’s what we do know:<p>Founded in 2011, Magic Leap is a company that says its technology is all about ideas. “It’s an idea based …

How one homeless man may see his generosity returned

The 22-year-old didn't have money to get home. He offered to help her with cab fare, and now she wants to help him find a home.<p>When 22-year-old …

Flex Your Cortex: 7 Secrets to Turbocharge Your Brain

You might be surprised at how much of the 7-Secret advice is counter to how people live and work. In truth, the frenetic, distracted way we live in 21st century America is not conducive to good brain health or performance.<p>Recently, I had the honor of participating in a TEDx Talk about the power of …

The Brain

16 New York City Instagrammers You Should Follow

That's the question we've been asking, and our followers had some great suggestions. Check out the photographers below and leave your own recommendations in the comments. You can follow WNYC on Instagram at @wnycradio.

New York City

WHY YOUR CHARACTER’S GOAL NEEDS TO BE 1 OF THESE 5 THINGS

<i>I’ve been following KM (Katie) Weiland’s ‘Helping Writers Become Authors’ for a few years. She recently posted this piece on character motivation.</i> …

How to plan and write novels using the Snowflake method

By onJanuary 30, 2014 in Writing A Book<p>British historical novelist Richard Denning explains the very popular Snowflake Method for planning and …

Repost: Let Characters Be Wrong

Nobody likes a perfect character. Someone who is super good at everything and gets everything right is annoying.<p>Even the most suave secret agents of …

6 Simple Ways to Write a Physical Description

This week I’m digging into Santa’s sack of reader emails. This one’s from Cady, who wants to know about describing the hero:<p>When should I insert my …

Write Better: 3 Ways To Introduce Your Main Character

One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Readers …

Creative Writing

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

Storytelling For Effective eLearning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Posted on February 9, 2014<p>It has been proved that <i>stories</i> are powerful medium of spreading knowledge and information that motivate, influence and …

8 (free) websites to create cool student projects online

Creating an online project is a great way to help students to demonstrate that they have learned something. Below you will find 8 websites that offer …

The 10 Best Writing Apps on the iPad

Writing apps for iPad<p>As we gradually get faster at typing on touchscreens, extended writing sessions on the iPad have become much more viable. Meanwhile, developers of writing apps have made significant improvements to their offerings. Here are our picks for the 10 best apps for getting some …

How Stories Change the Brain

Ben’s dying.<p>That’s what Ben’s father says to the camera as we see Ben play in the background. Ben is two years old and doesn’t know that a brain …

19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors

Twenty years ago, it was impossible for most of us to listen to JRR Tolkien read Elvish or see Zelda Fitzgerald grin at a camera or hear an …

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

It seems like just yesterday that I was a disconnected nomad working hard to maintain the status quo and conform to a rigid system commonly known as …

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?<p>When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in 1845, when Smith was only a five-year-old boy, Austen Henry Layard, Henry …

Performances from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre are available online

If you don't have the cash or time to visit the recreated Globe Theatre and see Shakespeare's plays performed in a near-original setting, you'll at least have access to the next best thing. The playhouse has just launched Globe Player, a store that lets you pay to watch full Shakespearean …

Storytelling with Analytics: The Perfect Combination

By Jason Brewer Tuesday March 18th, 2014<p>Storytelling isn’t what it used to be. These days you need to back up your story with data.<p>Storytelling… Then …