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Ecommerce & Blogging Made Easy

86 responsesBlogging13 min read<p>The following guide will teach you how to easily create a blog on your own. You may not be aware of it, but I have …

Maya Angelou: How I Write

The poet, whose new memoir of her mother is Mom & Me & Mom, talks about why she wears head ties when she writes, and why she makes Hallmark greeting …

Research funding: 10 tips for writing a successful application

<b>Read the eligibility rules</b><p>It's important to understand what can be funded and what can't on a particular call, says Ken Emond, head of research …

Henry Miller on Writing and Life

Why do writers — great, beloved, timeless writers — write? <b>George Orwell</b> had his four motives. For <b>Joan Didion</b>, it is a matter of ego and self-revelation. <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, perhaps ironically in retrospect, wrote purely for the fun of it. For <b>Charles Bukowski</b>, it was an inextinguishable inner …

Hemingway on Writing, Knowledge, and the Dangers of Ego

<i>“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life,”</i> <b>Hemingway</b> proclaimed in his short and memorable 1954 Nobel acceptance speech. In <b>Death in the Afternoon</b> (<i>public library</i>) — Hemingway’s exquisite 1932 meditation on the tradition of bullfighting, “the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty” …

5 Keys to Writing Excellent Blog Posts

Today in a radio interview I was asked to give 4-5 quick tips on how to write great blog posts.<p>Quick isn’t my forte when giving tips (I have a lot to …

Great Writing Comes Out of Great Ideas

<i>Students need to master written language. But they also need rich topics to write about.</i><p>vasabii/Shutterstock<p>As Peg Tyre notes in her article, schools in the U.S. are about to confront a host of new challenges. The majority of states are on their way to adopting the Common Core Standards, a set of …

A Dark and Stormy Night: 10 Tips for Writing a Paranormal Mystery

I was recently asked to teach a class at a mystery writers' conference at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The topic? The art of writing a paranormal mystery. Since I write these types of tales for a living, I readily accepted, thinking: "Hey, how hard can it be to teach others how to do …

Susan Orlean on Writing

The question of why writers write is one of literature’s most enduring siren calls. <b>George Orwell</b> ascribed it to four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway from the darkness to the light. For</b> …

Boy, 6, writes book, raises $92,000 for best pal's rare disease

Dylan Siegel, 6, is a master Monopoly player. Boardwalk is his favorite property, and he loves to be the banker and make change.<p>His family members have learned not to underestimate him. “Do not play Monopoly with Dylan — he dominates!” said his mother, Debra Siegel, 37, of Los Angeles. “He’s a …

University of Florida

4 Big Reasons to Get That Book Off Your Bucket List (by writing it)

article<p>http://www.rightmixmarketing.com/platform-building/book-off-bucket-list-writing/<p>Right Mix Marketing<p>Guest post by Cheryl Pickett Has anyone …

Bobcat Goldthwait On How to Write a Screenplay–Right Now

By Joe Berkowitz5 minute Read<p><i>Note: This article is included in our year-end storytelling advice round-up.</i><p>They say the key to creating any written …

Writing

How To Write A Great Essay About Anything

By Ryan Holiday,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/11Ltgeg<p>Excerpted from How to Write a Great Essay (Bookhacker, 2013).<p>There is an assumption in the …

6 Writing Tips From John Steinbeck

<i>The legendary author explains why you should abandon all hope of finishing your novel.</i><p>If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we've been right on course with David Ogilvy's 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller's 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great …

Mary Gordon on the Joy of Notebooks and How Writing by Hand Catalyzes Creativity

Every few years, a new anthology of essays on why writers write comes along. While most tend to be invariably excellent, one of the best presents I’ve ever received was a copy of the 2001 collection <b>Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times</b> (<i>public library</i>). What made this …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

<i>“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open,”</i> Stephen King advised. <i>“Do back exercises,”</i> Margaret Atwood suggested. <i>“Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence,”</i> Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft …

Who Invented Writing? An Animated Historical Detective Story

Theories of why humans write abound — for George Orwell, the impulse was driven by sheer egoism and aesthetic enthusiasm; for Joan Didion, writing provides vital access to one’s own mind; David Foster Wallace sought in it the nature of fun; for Joy Williams, it offers an escape from darkness into …

Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing?

<i>Do our writing means change our written ends?</i><p>In the future, you will talk to your computer. Voice, the predominant mode of human-to-human communication, has been migrating to silicon for more than a decade and is now poised to hit the mainstream.<p>Already, voice interfaces have become commonplace in …

Raymond Chandler on Writing: A Lifetime of Wisdom on the Craft from His Private Letters

Last week, while researching this omnibus of what famous authors wrote about their beloved pets in their letters and journals, I came upon the irresistible 1981 anthology <b>Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler</b> (<i>public library</i>). Among Chandler’s many musings, exchanged with his agents, publishers, and …

How You Can Write The Next 'Da Vinci Code': Eight Crucial Steps Dan Brown Followed To Worldwide Success

Dan Brown didn't just sit down one day and decide to write <i>Inferno</i> or <i>The Da Vinci Code.</i> He approached the task in a methodical, logical manner. The rest, as they say, was history.<p>Many aspiring novelists believe that all they have to do to have the next New York Times bestseller spring from their …