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Becoming a Brand New Man and a Best-Selling Author

Don McNay | Posted 03.18.2017 | Home
Don McNay

My goal was to write the best book ever written by someone considering weight loss surgery. That's a subjective goal, but I gave it everything I had and was not going to turn it over to the public until there was nothing I could do to make it better.

Voices in My Head

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 03.17.2017 | Comedy
Melinda Wentzel

I'm a writer, which implies that I spend a sizeable chunk of my day staring off into space or glowering at my laptop, stabbing at its keys in hopes of...

Moving Forward as Screenwriters: How to Write for Females in Film

Kat Karpoff | Posted 03.16.2017 | Arts
Kat Karpoff

"I don't know how to write for women." Is a phrase I hear on a regular basis from male writers. I look at them puzzled, "Just write a great story and then make your character female." Is my standard answer.

5 Inspiring Ways to Start the Day

Tom Ayling | Posted 03.15.2017 | Healthy Living
Tom Ayling

A child laughs 300 times a day. An adult? Five. When was the last time you remember laughing even 100 times in one day? When I was a kid, all I did w...

Should You Self-Publish or Pursue a Mainstream Publisher?

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 03.15.2017 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

Over the past month, I have fielded numerous inquiries about book development and promotion, so I figured it would be helpful to share with you my tips for both. In this first installment, I'll focus on the starting point question of whether to self-publish or pursue a mainstream publisher.

Hollywood Is Coming to Nashville, and So Can You!

ScreenCraft | Posted 03.08.2017 | Travel

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

Scheer Intelligence: D. Watkins and 'The Beast Side'

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.05.2017 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In this episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer interviews author, professor and activist D. Watkins, who steered his life's path from the drug trade and jail through college and graduate school, to a successful career as a writer, professor and role model.

Writing Meditations

Tom Ayling | Posted 03.03.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Ayling

PLAYER What type of player are you? Do you play life in 1st person? Where you don't see yourself, but you understand the dynamics outside of yourse...

5 Easy Ways to Boost Creative Flow

Michelle Hart | Posted 03.03.2017 | Business
Michelle Hart

You wake up feeling great. You're ready to meet the day head on, finish your latest project and put your work out into the world with a smile. You get ready for the day, sit down to work, and then... nothing.

How to Think Like a Writer

William Kenower | Posted 03.02.2017 | Home
William Kenower

So I stop writing, and take a walk, or take a shower, or talk to my wife, and in so doing eventually forget to worry I'm not good enough.

Why I Write - A Journey with No End

Carl Phillips | Posted 03.02.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Carl Phillips

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a writer. For the past few years I've given more of my time than ever to writing. I've authored bo...

Umberto Eco: I Was Always Narrating

Louisiana Channel | Posted 03.01.2017 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Interview with the late Italian novelist Umberto Eco, author behind the bestselling novel 'The Name of the Rose'. With great warmth and humour Eco sha...

Reflections on Balancing Family Life While Pursuing My Career as a Writer

Warren Adler | Posted 02.26.2017 | Home
Warren Adler

As a committed writer of imaginative fiction for virtually my entire life, I have often wondered about the effect my obsessive conduct and allocation of time to pursue such an occupation has had on my relationships with family, friends and others who need and crave my attention.

That Time I Attempted to Cure My Writer's Block by Throwing My High School Reunion

Brie Berman | Posted 02.24.2017 | Comedy
Brie Berman

All in all, it was a fine evening. I'm glad I hold a small piece of responsibility for putting it together. But just a heads up: In 30 years there's no way in hell I'm making 400 laminated badges. That's on you, Malibu!

Beware the Writing Zombies

ScreenCraft | Posted 02.25.2017 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

Umberto Eco: Advice to the Young

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.23.2017 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Best-selling Italian novelist Umberto Eco here advises aspiring writers not to take themselves too seriously, but to go step by step and remember that: "You're 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration."

An Illiterate Walks Into an MFA Program

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 02.19.2017 | Comedy
Benjamin Rubenstein

Despite having written two nonfiction books, I don't know how to write. Shh. Have you ever done something without knowing how but you just did it anyway and could never explain it? That's me for writing, and now I'm attending a low residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program for fiction.

5 Hard Lessons You Learn After Becoming a Writer

Lori Stevenson | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Lori Stevenson

While those of us who have prepared to be writers know the challenges and frustrations of acquiring the skills, the realities of finally joining the occupation can be shocking.

Millennial Writers on Writing

Constance Renfrow | Posted 02.16.2017 | Home
Constance Renfrow

Millennial writers are seeking what writers have always been in search of: comfort and connection, reasons for existence and answers to the unanswerable. They will keep reading and writing and they will keep improving, and inexorably, they will become old writers and readers--and, hopefully, will urge on the generation that comes next.

Becoming Mike Nichols, an HBO Master Class in Theater, Film and TV

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.11.2017 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

On February 22nd, HBO will air Becoming Mike Nichols, a conversation between actor/director/producer Mike Nichols and his friend and colleague Jack O' Brien, which was Recorded only four months before Nichols' death in 2014.

You Are Not What You Write

William Kenower | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
William Kenower

I realized recently that whether I'm writing, teaching, or even interviewing, I'm only interested in communicating one idea: Everything is okay, even though it looks like everything is not okay.

5 Tips on How to Write an Awesome Female Protagonist

ScreenCraft | Posted 02.09.2017 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ev...

3 Ways to Find the Writing Voice You Never Really Lost

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Life has a way of taking us away from ourselves in its acute and mundane manifestations, but it also can -- if we turn our attention to re-engaging our voice -- bring us right back to who we are, and what we have to say both on and off the page. Here are three DIY voice lessons.

Robert Rodriguez's Directing Career Has Been All About Diversity

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 02.08.2016 | Latino Voices

Gina Rodriguez has kept her promise to highlight Latino talent in Hollywood through her weekly "Movement Mondays" posts on Instagram. The "Jane The Vi...

Free Florida Fun

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 02.07.2017 | Entertainment
Christina Oxenberg

For five centuries many have contributed to creating this perfect tiny city of Key West. Lush with green dripping trees dangling with flowers amongst ...