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Characterization examples: 5 ways to reveal characters

Characterization – how you make a fictional character seem like a real, living, breathing person – is tricky. Besides describing characters …

Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell: 5 Songs That Reflect the State of the World

5<p>By<p><i>Rolling Stone</i> caught up with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers co-founder Mike Campbell – whose partnership with Petty stretches back more than 40 …

'AI brain scans' reveal what happens inside machine learning

Brick Houses That Form A Bridge Between Past And Present

Exposed bricks are making a big comeback lately but not so long ago brick houses and buildings were perceived as being old, outdated and in immediate …

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with gripping narrative alongside stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others …

Sophisticated artificial intelligence will make ‘house cats’ of humans, claims the entrepreneur, but his grand vision for mind-controlled tech may be a long way off<p>Humans must become cyborgs if they are to stay relevant in a future dominated by artificial intelligence. That was the warning from …

Singularity

The Power of a Poem

In 1695, Joseph Addison secured political patronage and a diplomatic travel mission by doing none other than penning a poem with the simple title, “A …

Take These 5 Steps Toward Refining Your Writing Process - Small Business Trends

Many of us writers are pretty particular when it comes to how we piece together our writing samples, especially when it comes to digital rhetoric. …

15 Classic Books That Were Once Banned

Books

The Six Month Novel Writing Plan

Most authors have heard of National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. It is a novel writing challenge where participants try to write a …

Writing

The Problem With Science Writing - Facts So Romantic

Want to hear a seamy insider secret from the science communication industry? The border between journalism and public relations has more turnstiles …

The 15 most annoying words you're using

<b>We all have them: pet peeves about the overuse (or misuse) of certain words.</b><p>Like saying ‘lol’ out loud. Or 'banter'.<p>These are both completely …

Increase the Amount of Student Writing

Two necessary conditions for students to improve the quality of their writing are explicit instruction in writing techniques and sustained writing …

4 Unofficial Rules Native English Speakers Don't Realize They Know

The BBC’s Matthew Anderson tweeted about a rule that “English speakers know, but don’t know we know.” It was a screen grab of a passage from Mark …

Five weak words you should avoid—and what to use instead

When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My sentences were filled with meaningless words and fillers. What I didn’t realize is that by using them I was sabotaging myself and my writing.<p>Weak words can sneak into our writing anywhere, anytime—and when they do, they destroy the power of our …

Discovering and Developing Student Writer Identity

For writers to grow, they must develop writer identities. How do we help them do that?

'His Instrument Gave Me Wings': Remembering Synth Inventor Don Buchla

Don Buchla believed in the humanity of wires. The modular synth pioneer created an instrument like none other, one that relied on intuition, learning and, most importantly, human touch. He died September 14 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 79.<p>Commissioned by San Francisco Tape Center …

Tips to Writing Short and Catchy Headlines

Mastering the art of writing enticing headlines and exciting teasers takes practice.<p>This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>Just like a great book title, a headline is the hook that captures the attention of readers. The teaser is similar to the snippet found on the …

How to Write A Science Fiction Short Story

How to Write A Science Fiction Short Story<p>Updated on August 5, 2016<p>Do you love science fiction and want to know how to write your own stories? …

Looking Into the Brains of Habitual Short Sleepers

Summary: Habitual short sleepers might be more efficient sleepers, but also more tired than they realize, a new study reports.<p>Source: University of …

7 Tips For Writing Epic Blog Posts That Will Rank Forever

Starting a blog isn’t difficult. It’s writing a great blog post that’s tough.If you’re set on starting a blog today, read on to get my seven top tips for writing posts that will let you stay in Google rankings.<p>Don’t waste your time writing without following these expert tips. Let’s get started:<p><b>Tip</b> …

Creative Writing

What Makes a Sentence a Masterpiece? | Jenny Davidson

A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time you read it. A great sentence compels you to rehearse it again in …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

The New Star Wars Canon Presents a Fascinating Paradox of Storytelling

Modern <i>Star Wars</i> storytelling is balanced on a beautiful paradox. On one side, everything is part of the same story, giving even the smallest addition …

5 Things You Need To Know About Writing Before Becoming A Writer

"Here it comes, my masterpiece, my Sistine Chapel, my Old Man And The Sea.<p>Aaand it's gone."<p>-Me, sitting at my laptop writing, every day.<p><b>Writing is difficult.</b> If I could encapsulate writing I would say that it's the equivalent of stepping up to the plate and either hitting a 600 foot home run or …

How to Increase Your Creativity Using 5 Simple Words | Inc.com

It's simple. There are five three-letter words that creative people use more than anyone else. If you use these words (or derivatives of them) often in conversations, you must be a creative person. Use a voice recorder when you start a conversation. Record your phone conversations. Watch videos of …

Creativity

Star Trek Is My Best Love

After you’ve spent enough time in the company of geeks and nerds, <i>someone</i> will eventually ask the inevitable question: <i>Star Wars</i> or <i>Star Trek</i>? And I …

Science Fiction

Earth’s Collision With Another Planet Probably Started Life

Researchers from Rice University say that around 4.4 billion years ago, a Mercury-like planet smashed into Earth, seeding our primordial planet with …

Earth Science