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5 Acronyms Entrepreneurs Can't Afford to Forget

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business
Christopher Norris

Entrepreneurs have a lot on their brains, but not minding the right thing can be disastrous for business. While maintaining the grind, here are five acronyms to keep in mind.

The Game I Played Growing Up in Philly

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.11.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

I told the crew that I had created this game, and not only did they not believe me, they didn't care. Just wanting to play, one of the kids threw me the ball.

Warrior's Death a Blow to an Already Devastated WWE Fan

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Christopher Norris

Lifelong fans of WWE have been completely deflated as tragic news breaks that the man who played the Ultimate Warrior passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 54.

When Characters Talk, Writers Listen

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

My first two novels began with a plot. A solar energy company melting Antarctic icebergs into drinking water. A Nobel-winning scientist who wants to c...

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream? Not So for Creatives Who Suffer From Insomnia

Aly Walansky | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women
Aly Walansky

The relationship between sleeping and creativity is one has always been of great personal interest. When we have great big issues on our minds, we're told to "sleep on it" -- that seems to be the best problem-solving advice when dealing with a tough decision. Really?

Bloggers Beware: Think Before You Post Images Online

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

The image I chose for my post was a beautiful Tree of Life creation, which fit perfectly with the subject matter of my post. At the time, I remember hesitating for just a moment. Was it an image I had purchased from a service? Had I found it in Creative Commons? Was it OK to use?

Female Rapper Dessa on the Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.01.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"Be excellent," stated DESSA, born Margaret Wander, unapologetically. For musicians or fans of her work, it was an interesting evening listening to her discuss what it takes to be a successful musician.

Burn Down the Old to Make Way for the New: Practice Yoga to Live Your Authentic Life

Susanna Harwood Rubin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Susanna Harwood Rubin

Practicing yoga creates tapas, heat. Heat is a catalyst for change. You throw everything you are and have been into the fire of your practice, and when the ashes settle, the smart thing to do is to move forward, mindful of where you've been and open to what might be.

The Power of Words

Julia Schemmer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

I am a writer and a lover of words. Addicted to them, you might even conclude. I believe in the power of words, but even more so, I am amazed at the power of those who say them.

What Being a Writer Requires

Amy Koko | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Amy Koko

Sometimes I just have to see the words so that I can make myself believe it. "Is it okay to call myself a writer?" I ask myself daily. What is it that actually makes me one?

The Best of the Best Books Lists

Carole DeSanti | Posted 03.02.2014 | Books
Carole DeSanti

Every year, as an editor, reader and writer, I wish for a cool hand, or the hand of history, to lay alongside these best-ofs and favorites.

5 Steps to Grassroots Marketing

Alex Schattner | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Alex Schattner

Go to your favorite maps application and find all the bookstores within easy traveling distance. Look at each store and ask yourself: Is it right for my book?

#theNewPublishing

Alex Schattner | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Alex Schattner

Picking a creative career like writing would be impossible without blind faith in oneself. I've always worked at being the hero of my own story, someone I would root for in a book, or onscreen, but now the scope of the story is growing and I can't predict the plotline.

Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.

The Storytelling Surf Guitarist: Greg Behrendt on His Next Act

Karen Geier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Karen Geier

"What happened was that I became so famous as a self-help 'guru' that it overshadowed 15 years of really hard work as a stand-up. The crowd that came out was really looking for something different than I had to offer. That's not their fault."

Elizabeth Gilbert On Writing The Novel Of A Lifetime

Posted 11.08.2013 | OWN

She made her name with a memoir that captivated the world and cemented her place in literary history. Then she wrote another -- and drifted even fur...

Werewolves, Bullying & Vera Farmiga

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

I recently tumbled across a book trailer for the novel WHEREWOLVES, by John Vamvas and Olga Montes which combines the legendary creature with a high school bullying theme. I caught up with the authors just in time for Halloween.

Aly Walansky: I Have a Career I Love -- Too Bad No One Understands It

Aly Walansky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Aly Walansky

Most of my friends know they will get paid every other Friday, and they know they have X number of sick days. It's a routine, it's a way of life -- but it's not mine. In fact, my freelance life (and lack of a steady paycheck) is the antithesis of all they know and hold dear.

Art of the Memoir: Josh Hanagarne, the World's Strongest Librarian, on Tourette Syndrome, Choosing Stories and Being Strong at the Library

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.23.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

"No matter what you're doing, if words aren't appearing on the page, you're not writing yet. Don't worry about people's reactions during the first draft. Just get it down."

Paulo Coelho Always Stays True to Himself -- a Rare Ideal

Henry Freeman | Posted 12.16.2013 | Books
Henry Freeman

His huge following on social media makes him one of the most influential authors of the present. And he's not shy to speak up and make his point clear. Now, when he saw the list of authors representing Brazil at the Frankfurt Book fair, with him leading the group, Coelho said "no." Consequences? Don't matter!

7 Quirky Ways to Find Inspiration on a Deadline

Lauren Taylor Shute | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Taylor Shute

One of the great struggles of any creative profession is coming up with an ingenious and original idea in a timely manner. Lightning strikes of inspiration are often few and far between, which makes it hard to convince people to give you money for your ideas.

Stay Here, I'm Getting You Out, or Away With Dusty

Timothy Braun | Posted 10.30.2013 | Style
Timothy Braun

Five years ago I looked into a shelter cage and said, "Stay here, I'm getting you out," to my dog, Dusty-Danger. I had no intention of getting a dog, but was enamored by his one blue, one brown eye and his charm.

Heroes of Humanity

Brian Boyle | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

More often than not, we see the hardship and downfall of the human spirit across our news feeds and television stations. But, what about the triumph of the human spirit? The compassion? The will to do what we can to make the world a better place?

A Letter to CBS and TWC

Lynn Isenberg | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Lynn Isenberg

Just how much is CBS asking Time Warner Cable to pay them to carry their programming? Just how much does TWC already pay? TWC makes money off of monthly subscription fees. CBS makes money off of TWC for a portion of those fees, plus advertising fees.

How To Make The Most Of Your Author Website

| Posted 08.07.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: If you’ve got an author website, you know how important it is to have great text for it—but it’s not going to ho...