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When Reader Inspires Author

Melody Moezzi | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Melody Moezzi

While the vast majority of the messages I receive from readers are not of this venomous variety, most aren't pure expressions of admiration or gratitude either. At first glance, they may appear to be fan letters, but they aren't -- because they're not from fans.

What to Do When Your Manager Steals Your Ideas

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

This quandary is a tough situation as you're trying simultaneously to protect your hard work, maintain your job, and not upset the person who oversees your work. Knowing though how to strike a balance among honesty, diplomacy, and directness is crucial in dealing with this issue.

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1

Dan Miles | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.

Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."

How to Bring the Sex Back to Your Sex Life

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.08.2014 | Style
Jonathan Alpert

So next time you think your love life is boring, rather than accepting the status quo, take responsibility and ask yourself, "What can I do to make it better?"

8 Ways to Bust Your Stress NOW!

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Next time you feel stressed, will you let it get the best of you or will you focus on what you can actually control? Take charge by stepping back and reaching into your bag of stress-busting tips. Your life will be better!

Q&A With Author Darcie Chan

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

Set in the fictional sleepy town of Mill River, Vermont both novels portray the deep complexities of its small town characters and their bigger than life problems.

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics

This Is How To Make The Most Of Any Weekend

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Actually give it a rest. Make a decision on Friday evening to turn off your work mode. Imagine you're stepping out of the work version of you and into the lighthearted weekend version of yourself. Be okay relaxing, guilt-free.

Bestselling Author Marie Force Provides Her Path to Success

Michael Price | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Michael Price

Like so many successful writers of this era, Marie Force has built her career as a hybrid-writer, having published books on her own as well as through traditional publishers.

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...

Advice to Authors on Characters

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.

@TheGiverMovie Joins #AOLBUILD

AOL BUILD | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD A best-selling novel and 1994 Newbery Medal winner written by Lois Lowry, The Giver is making the jump from the school cu...

How To Overcome The Stress Of Long Distance Relationships

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

A relationship can be stressful, even when both people live in the same area, so a little distance can really complicate matters. But just because it may be difficult is no reason to think it is impossible or doomed for failure. With the right preparation and mindset a long distance relationship can flourish.

Are You Suffering From Secondhand Stress?

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

When you're around your positive friend you connect and relate to him or her. When you're around the miserable boss, you're tense because you're picking up on his tension, maybe even trying to understand him, and it doesn't make you feel good.

8 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

So often when people are anxious, depressed, dealing with relationship issues, or going through a life transition, their thoughts linger on what isn't right, their faults, and perceived weaknesses. Redirecting your attention to what you're good at and your strengths is a powerful step to bring about change.

Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

To hell with political correctness, it's time to talk about the black elephant in the room.

Why Philadelphia Is Ground Zero for Problems and Opportunity

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

From its cash-strapped school district and embattled police department, to its eye-popping poverty and unemployment rates, Philly presents real challenges and opportunities for those bold active citizens who dare to engage and transform the system.

Hoarding: A Problem Far Worse Than It Seems

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Hoarding is more than just a reality show. It's a real problem that can lead to significant impairment in one's life.

Why Smartphones Aren't Making Us So Smart

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Be smart about your smartphone use. See the phone for what it is: a tool for communication and for information. It doesn't define you, make you more appealing to others, nor should it rule your life.

18 Artists You Need To Know Now That We're Halfway Through 2014

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment

While we listed 20 artists that would make a name for themselves at the onset of 2014, there are always some who crop up in the first months that just...

Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

Heather Hummel | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. To help out, I tracked down willing writers of various genres who have faced the plague of writer's block, and who were willing to share their cures or tips for preventative maintenance.

How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.06.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard."

Support Bestselling Author Michael Hyatt by Urging the National Speakers Association To Rethink Its Name Change

Connie Bennett | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Connie Bennett

In the wake of the National Speakers Association announcement at its annual convention a few days ago that it was renaming the organization "Platform,...

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.