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So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

Marilynne Robinson on Finding the Right Word

One of the things I love about Emily Dickinson is the way that, every time I read her poetry, I feel as though I’m encountering it for the first time. It has a reserve of meaning that seems to open very slowly over a long series of readings. Part of that is due to the extreme compression of her …

7 Things You Need To Know About The #French #SalarySlip

<b>1. Layout Of Your #Payslip</b><p>Let’s start with the layout of your salary slip. There are so many sections, you might be sent into a blind panic before …

Milton Keynes has a writer in residence? Imagine the possibilities

Can some enterprising scribbler transform Milton Keynes into a hub of cosmopolitan glamour? Well, it worked for Plymouth, Seattle’s Fremont Bridge and Heathrow ... didn’t it?<p>Some cities are soaked in literature, evoked and celebrated in fiction through the ages. You have Dickens’s London, …

10 Virginia Woolf Questions for Thinkers

Virginia Woolf was a singular figure in literature and in history. A writer whose work wouldn’t be appreciated for decades after her own life, Woolf nevertheless came to be considered a seminal modernist and exerted influence on major thinkers of the day through letters and conversation. Her …

Reading Books Has Become a Competitive Edge

Twenty-eight percent of American adults say they have not read a book in the past year - book as in words... be it digital, print, whatever. And while I don't know the matching statistics globally - help me if you can by checking your country's stats - I imagine most of us are facing the same sad …

What the Bronte sisters were really like

If the Brontes hadn’t existed, we would have had to invent them. The story is too good not to have in our extra-literary canon. A family of isolated eccentrics, touched somehow by the hand of genius, burning with fire and fury in the middle of the Yorkshire moors!<p>Spinsters oppressed by the …

Literature

Writing Craft: Writers of the 21st Century Unite!

If you want to be a Writer, ignore everything you just read.<p>Not to discount data because we are a data-driven society, I must take the other side of …

«Si vous restez chez vous, ils auront gagné»

Mercredi, dans Bruxelles endeuillée et fonctionnant au ralenti, les habitants oscillaient entre colère, courage et fatalisme.<p>Comment ça va à …

Métro

Orwell, Hamlet, and What it Means to be Human

What are we? Human beings are variously described as bipedal mammals, fleshy robots, wise beasts, lovers, haters, killers, saviors, perpetrator of atrocities, paragons of virtue, makers of culture, readers, writers, consumers of both the media and hamburgers, sexual beings, emotional tempests, and …

The 15 best poetry books of all time

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THE last poet laureate to translate Ovid was John Dryden. Nearly 300 years later, the current holder of that title, Ted Hughes, has memorably …

11 Tips to Have a Long-Lasting, Happy Relationship

At the beginning of every year, I like to sit down and do a year-end reflection of the previous year… I think about the wins, the challenges, the …

Self-help

XVIe arrondissement : le retour des vrais bourgeois

Opposé à un centre d'accueil pour SDF, Goasguen tente de masquer une manifestation d’égoïsme bourgeois caricaturale, en accusant en retour les …

Conseil de Paris

Reading Chekhov in Baghdad: how I made Moscow in Mesopotamia

A stifling diplomatic compound in Iraq was a challenging place in which to write a novel set in Russia<p>In summer 2012, I landed in Baghdad with a large suitcase containing the clothes I planned to wear for the next two years. Alongside shirts and underwear, I had packed a selection of Russian …

Focalization: Smart Writers Never Ignore It

By BookBaby author Rose ScottWriting is not just sitting, typing everything on your mind. Before you set out to your work, you ought to know a bit of …

Creative Writing

Les fidèles de l’aube bénite

Venue des Etats-Unis, la mode du réveil très matinal fait florès. Voyage au pays des lève-tôt, choisis ou subis.<p>Ce serait <i>«la clé du bonheur»,</i> le</i> …

How To Motivate Yourself To Overcome Total Laziness

I'm lazy. That's right. And there's nothing wrong with being lazy at all.To give you context, here's what I mean when I say I'm lazy.If I could snap …

Procrastination

The book that gave us Shakespeare as we know him

Emma Smith’s close reading of Shakespeare’s first folio reveals a trove of information<p><b>THE MAKING OF SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIO</b><p><b>By Emma Smith</b><p>In November …

5 Massive Books That Are Worth Your Time

I love massive books. Books so big, like bricks, you could drown yourself in a pool with them if you’re not careful. It’s not a healthy love, I’ll …

Books

Le patient zéro du sida n'est pas celui qu'on croit

Gaëtan Dugas, un steward homosexuel canadien qui multipliait les conquêtes, était considéré jusqu'ici comme la première personne infectée par le VIH. …

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World review – disbelief has been around for 2,500 years

Doubt about religious faith is as old as religion itself – Tim Whitmarsh’s brilliant book carefully explores literary and philosophical sources to make the case for a questioning of the gods in Greek and Roman times<p>It seems likely that there will be a female president of the US well before there is …

Why I Decided to Write a Book at Age 16

The scent of freshly printed pages and the maze of aisles holding thousands upon thousands of books -- that's what made me enjoy trips to the bookstore as a kid.<p>However, I had never imagined I would one day have the opportunity to walk into a large bookstore and see my own book placed next to those …

How To Stick To Your Goals When You’ve Lost Motivation

In the beginning you get excited at the thought of achieving goals you've set for yourself.You start writing them down, writing out a plan, and …

Motivation

Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist

The existentialists asked the essential questions – and still have much to offer us today. So don your turtleneck and make like Sartre and De Beauvoir<p>I was a teenage existentialist. I became one at 16 after spending birthday money from my granny on Jean-Paul Sartre’s <i>Nausea</i>. It was the cover that …

19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

What Goes Through Your Mind: On Nice Parties and Casual Racism

She probably meant no offense; she just forgot her manners or, more likely, slipped and gave voice to the truth she believes, the truth that lives in …

How To Improve Mental and Emotional Stability with Simple Writing

Can writing improve mental and emotional stability? Does it help people to deal with traumatic situations? The answer to both of these questions is a …

Mental Health

Struggling as an author? Stop writing only what you want to write

Earning a living as a writer is as likely as winning the lottery. Instead of writing books and persuading others to buy them, find out what people want to write, then do it for them<p>I left school with a burning urge to lead the life of a writer: travelling like Byron, feted like Wilde before his …

In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way by Stéphane Heuet/Marcel Proust – review

The graphic novelist’s version of Proust’s labyrinthine classic is a sumptuous and elegant feat of concision<p>When Stéphane Heuet, a French comic artist, began publishing his graphic adaptation of Proust some years ago – Combray, the first section of the first volume of <i>À la Recherche du Temps Perdu</i>, …