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Writing love stories: 5 flaws to avoid

Writing love stories can be lucrative. Publishing sensations such as Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts as well as literary romance authors have found …

Creative Writing

Best books of 2017: 24 stand-out novels from last year

With new releases from literary giants such as Arundhati Roy and Paula Hawkins, as well as much-hyped debuts from a clutch of exciting young authors, …

The Secret History of Dune

FRANK HERBERT’S <i>Dune</i> (1965) is a science-fiction classic in part because it’s such brilliant pastiche. Drawing inspiration from the midcentury United …

20 Books That Belong on Every Writer’s Bookshelf

Like painting, wine, and the human condition, writing is something that can stand up to a lifetime if study. Wherever you are in your journey as a …

What the Greek Myths Teach Us About Anger in Troubled Times

<b>ENRAGED</b> <b><br>Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths</b><br>By Emily Katz Anhalt<br>268 pp. Yale University Press. $30.<p>The very first word in the history of Western literature is “rage” or “wrath.” For that is how Homer’s “Iliad” begins. Composed some time in the eighth century B.C., it starts with a call to the …

8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

August 21, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft - 1 Comment<p>Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. …

Blood, bookworms, bosoms and bottoms: the secret life of libraries

Their history is full of remarkable discoveries that go well beyond the books themselves – they contain our flesh, our souls and ourselves<p>I recently had the privilege of circling the world to write a book about libraries. My timing was excellent: after a short-lived e-books scare, physical books …

Books

The Compelling Memoirs You Have To Read

Some call it navel-gazing. We call it too good to put down.<p>As much as we adore fiction, a good memoir really has a huge emotional impact on the …

50 Inspiring Quotes About Writing from the World's Greatest Authors

Writing can be hard, but it doesn't have to be lonely. Learn from the masters of the craft.<p>It's never been a better time to be a writer --or aspire to become one.<p>Platforms like LinkedIn, Medium, and WordPress have placed millions of dollars of technology, and the power that once only belonged to …

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

Barnes & Noble

How to Write a Scene: 3 Questions You Should Ask Before You Write

Sometimes I get stuck wondering how to write a scene during a first draft. Or maybe I can’t figure out how to revise a story to make it better. …

Spain's First All-Day 'Nap Bar' Is Now Open in Madrid

The country that gave the world the siesta is taking midday sleep to a whole new level. At Siesta & Go, Madrid’s first nap bar, patrons craving R&R …

WTF is a particle collider?

How do things work? To find out, we observe them and we take them apart. But not everything is easily observed, and until recently some things couldn’t be taken apart.<p>It’s the culmination of a theory that has its genesis in ancient Greece. The philosopher Democritus posited that if you divide a …

Physics

Here’s How to Balance Flash and Window Light for Flattering Indoor Portraits (VIDEO)

Window light is often a great source of illumination for shooting indoor portraits, but sometimes you need a bit of supplemental light to achieve …

How George Orwell’s 1984 Almost Didn’t Happen

June 8, 2017, marks the sixty-eighth anniversary of the publication of <i>1984,</i> a book that George Orwell almost didn’t manage to write. And when he did, it practically killed him.<p>As Bernard Crick wrote in the first complete biography of Orwell, at the time Orwell started to write about Winston Smith, …

All Extremely Confident People Give Up These 13 Habits

Real confidence is built through hard work and excellent habits.<p>Real confidence is not narcissism.<p>Although the two often get confused, people with narcissistic tendencies need everyone to think that they're special. They have a need for admiration and a sense of entitlement that's rooted in …

10 standout start-ups taking an AI leap in India

The rise of a technology has Bill Gates issuing warnings of an apocalypse. Elon Musk, too. Even Stephen Hawking.<p>What’s worrying these technologists? …

The Strange Loop in Deep Learning

Douglas Hofstadter in his book “I am a Strange Loop” coined this idea:<p>In the end, we are self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages that are …

Deep Learning

How Dubai Is Turning Into A Smart City 'Test Bed' For Global Digital Health Entrepreneurs

For many years in the UAE, progress in digital health has been more like an undercurrent. But, lately it has become a tide, with all stakeholders fully invested and ready to catch the wave. Given its infrastructure capabilities, Dubai is leading in harnessing digital health knowledge and innovation …

Digital Health

Guide to the classics: the Epic of Gilgamesh

“Forget death and seek life!” With these encouraging words, Gilgamesh, the star of the eponymous 4000-year-old epic poem, coins the world’s first …

A cognitive scientist has devised a drug-free sleep trick for your restless mind

A cognitive scientist may have solved a familiar sleep riddle: If you struggle to fall asleep, you’re likely to keep thinking about how you can’t fall asleep, which makes it harder to fall asleep. So how do you stop thinking about your struggle to sleep?<p>Luc Beaudoin of Simon Fraser University in …

10 Dialogue Errors Writers Should Avoid

Some writers love writing dialogue and others find it intimidating. Given that modern novels are full of dialogue, it is something we need to take …

Emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) Leaders: Richard Socher, Salesforce

“AI teaches us who we are,” says Richard Socher. The recent rapid progress in the field of artificial intelligence is the result of successfully processing “a large amount of known training data, doing things [the computer] has seen before,” he says. Unlike humans, computers cannot create something …

Artificial Intelligence

Ditch Facebook And Make Yourself Smarter With These 10 Hottest Learning Sites

The average person spends nearly two hours every day on social media.1<p>Think about it, what will we achieve when we spend these two hours on something …

Social Media

The Books That Made Your Favorite Writers Want to Write

It’s a question that’s asked by interviewers all the time: how did you become a writer? It’s kind of a lob, and for many authors, the answer is …

Literature

6 Ways to Take Your Next Presentation to the Next Level

Storytelling, brevity and visuals are great elements to start with.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people struggle with public speaking, which usually involves standing in front of your peers, whose eyes are glued on you (and only you), and trying to remember the …

Public Speaking

The problem of understanding in machine intelligence

“Does the machine understand?” is highlighted in any current generation consumer machine learning algorithm such as an online chatbot, a translator function in your mobile phone or home speech assistant is that the current natural language processing consists of largely transactional one-way …

Artificial Intelligence

The Complete Raspberry Pi 3 Training Bundle | Popular Mechanics Shop

<b>Wireless Penetration Testing with Kali Linux & Raspberry Pi</b><p>Put Your Raspberry Pi to Work by Testing Your Network's Security<p>Penetration Testing is a security practice in which you intentionally hack your own network to expose vulnerabilities. This course will teach you how to use a Raspberry Pi …

Raspberry Pi

10 great graphic books that deserve to win the Oscars of the comics world

<b>A NEW</b> comics-awards season is ramping up ahead of Friday, which is the submission and nomination deadline for the Eisners (a.k.a. “the Oscars of comics”).<p>With so many conventions and their companion awards ceremonies on the horizon, Comic Riffs urges voters to especially consider a handful of …

Take 5 Minutes To Read And Improve Your Writing Skills Forever

Let’s be honest. You are here to for a crash course on writing. And you want a short yet comprehensive guide.<p>Before I start, I want to clarify a good …

Writing