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Henry Miller's iPod

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 12.19.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

"According to my tracking stats on who reads the blog and where they come from, most of my hits seem to be for phrases like pubic hair, masturbation or hot mother-in-laws." She looked out the window and tapped her cheek, perplexed. "Why is that, I wonder?"

For Writers Struggling to Accept They Have a Hero's Journey: Own Your Story, Not Yourself

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

As writers, we are inextricably connected to our stories and the players of our stories. But what if we took a few steps back just to honor that story space? What if we just wrote for writing's sake without getting too attached to outcomes and what people think?

James McBride: That's the America I Live In

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you." In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of Ferguson and America's refusal to take a long critical look at itself.

Kiran Desai: The World Arrived in Books

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Because she spent her childhood in an India, that had not yet opened its doors to the larger world, Indian novelist, Kiran Desai, had only her knowledge from books to rely on, before she later became an immigrant.

Paul Auster: The Meanness of New York

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

The iconic New York novelist, Paul Auster, comments on the much debated Eric Garner case, and why he doesn't want to give his usual pep talk about his beloved New York.

The One Habit of Successful People Those Lists Forget to Mention

Kate Bartolotta | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Bartolotta

This month, may you let go of doing what's always been done if it has ceased to serve. May you widen your eyes with curiosity instead of fear at the approaching new year. And may you look at each blank page, empty stage, clean canvas and new day as the beginning of a grand experiment.

Five Reasons Why Everybody Should Write a Book

Juliana Maio | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Juliana Maio

We should all write a book, one that reflects our individuality and gives substance to our ideas, a book to be shared with the world. Here are my five reasons for doing it:

Are You Good Enough?

Quarterlette | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Quarterlette

You are beautiful, special, creative and wonderful and there is an infinite amount of love and opportunities waiting out there for you. The more you look, the more you will find.

When Did Writing Become a War?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

There's nothing wrong with having a daily goal if that works for you as a writer, but why should you be ashamed or crazed because you don't reach that daily goal -- what's the sense in that? Why have we let the word count become our master?

Writing Style, Culture & Honesty: the Truth From Fashion's Global Nomad

Aileen McGraw | Posted 12.03.2014 | Style
Aileen McGraw

Kelley Mullarkey starts our Skype conversation by declaring, "I leave for Morocco in 24 hours." Mullarkey is publisher and editor-in-chief of majestic disorder, a magazine for nomadic creatives.

How To Think Like A Writer

Lauren Salkin | Posted 11.24.2014 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Turn off the practical humdrum switch in your brain, comforted by numbers and lists and repetitive functions that can cause carpal tunnel brain syndrome. And let your thoughts stretch your imagination.

If I Wrote a Novel in 15 Minutes a Day, Then You Probably Can Too

Siobhan Adcock | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Siobhan Adcock

I started my first novel when I was working full-time at a demanding job and had a 7 month-old baby. I work, I have a family and I write -- I'm not a special case. So it stands to reason that if I can write a novel in 15 minutes a day, other people probably can too.

Bad Book Reviews: One Author's Reaction

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

It is a truth widely known fact that if you're fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between.

Minimalism, Success and the Curious Writing Habit of George R.R. Martin

James Clear | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
James Clear

So often we think that we need more to be successful. More outside funding for our startup. More software programs or productivity tools to handle our to-do list. More business contacts, a bigger network. More clothes or cars or credit cards. But maybe what we really need is less

Wise Women Who Change The World

Beth Arnold | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Arnold

I WAS STANDING by the fire, ringed by smooth gray and golden stones, with smoke of sage and cedar floating into the New Mexican sky. The air was fragr...

The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Zelda Fitzgerald is, still, best known as the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. True, Zelda was an inspiration for heroines and dialogue in his stories, and half of the golden couple of what Scott dubbed "The Jazz Age," but she was also an accomplished writer, and artist.

Astoria Characters: The Trivia Guy You Saw on TV

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.18.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Well-known fact: Ken Jennings won $100,000 yesterday on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Little-known fact: Tony Hightower is the guy who couldn't give him the right answer.

Cinephiles Will Love 'Listen Up Philip'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

No matter how many movies you have seen this year, you haven't seen one like "Listen Up Philip." This film, which is directed by Alex Ross Perry ("The...

KidSpirit Honors Young Writers, Poets And Artists That Are Asking The Big Questions

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion

They may be young, but they’re already tackling life’s big questions. KidSpirit, an online magazine that encourages teens to write about topics...

A Purveyor of Truth: The Writer's Life

Max Dorfman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Max Dorfman

This will be a three part series, examining creativity, which in this writer's mind, has been extremely malnourished in today's world. The first two pieces examines the life of Fyodor Dostoevsky, the great Russian novelist.

10 Words Every Writer Needs To Know

Oliver Tearle | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Here are ten unusual words that sum up the writing experience, and our attitudes to writing, in one way or another.

Portrait of a 'Writer'

Scott Russell | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Scott Russell

Every time I write, I find myself forced to confront parts of myself that I'd rather run away from. At the moment, I want to run away from my own egotism, considering the way I'm going on and on about me. Focus on others to find true happiness, they say. Let's give that a shot.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 10.30.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Neither one of us had planned on this sudden intimacy. He crouched reluctantly into the cramped quarters and nuzzled in for the night. We never spoke, and I tried not to breathe on him.

Call Me Frodo

Kate Gale | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Kate Gale

I'm not searching for the ring myself, because I am the ring. I have ferns growing in my yard, I have challenges that I cannot leap across. Life is never boring. I have love and the ability to create and I that is the ring of power; what more could I possibly want?