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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?

What One Speaker Learned From The Teenagers On Career Day

Laura Munson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Fifty
Laura Munson

As a dreamy, driven teen, it was a challenge that both daunted and inspired me throughout my high school career. My dreams were always out-of-the-box -- an artist of some sort -- an actress, maybe a film-maker ... but luckily I was someone who figured out how to comfortably be in-the-box, keeping my out-of-the-box thoughts mostly to myself.

Queer and Selfie Loathing in NYC (Part 1): On Quitting Writing

Lester Brathwaite | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Lester Brathwaite

This year has made me question a number of things, my love of New York among them. There was a time I thought that love would be forever unwavering. That, along with my love of writing. Love is funny that way, though. It burns and it burns, white-hot, blindingly hot, until it burns itself out. And I'm all burnt out on New York, on writing, on it all.

Why Turning 31 Is More Meaningful Than I Thought

Kaneisha Grayson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Women
Kaneisha Grayson

In my 30s, it's no longer a question of when my masterminded plans will pan out -- but whether I actually want the things I penned into my five-year plans, and if so, what I'm willing to give up to get them.

Lou and Lee in the Island of Perfection, a Greek Writer's Tale

Maria Zavakou | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Maria Zavakou

Ever since I was a child, I loved storytelling. I used it in making my own Muppet shows, in-school fanzines, and invent stories when I was at home. It...

6 Things Authors Can Say When People Ask 'Do You Know Stephen King?'

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.19.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

For some reason, people who read a book only under duress seem to think of King as the touchstone of all things literary. If you know him, your reality as an author is verified, whether they'll ever bother to read a book of yours or not.

Is This Why Indie Bookstores Are Dying Out? A Personal View

Rachel Thompson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

It's no big secret that the best way to sell books is via word of mouth. You read a book, love it, become a fan of the author, buy more of their work, tell your family and friends, who then love the author and buy all their books, and so it begins.

Marilynne Robinson On Writing Novels About Faith

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about fai...

Writer Separation Anxiety

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 10.08.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I know I should've been ecstatic, but when I finished writing my first novel -- I was bereft. I couldn't stop thinking about Caroline, Andy, Lilly, all my characters. We'd been together for so long. It's not a secret that I spent more time with them than my real family. I never prepared myself for life without them.

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause.

Halfway (Or So)

Stanley Ely | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Stanley Ely

I am one who believes that there's merit in being satisfied halfway up the rungs on that ladder. This, I confess, may stem from my climbing that far at most in a late-day writing life.

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer Part 3: Using Social Media, or I'll Like You If You Like Me

Dan Miles | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

The problem is we've reached 'Like' saturation. Every time we access social media we're asked to comment, follow, respond, reply, and share. To like is to associate, to comment is to involve ourselves, to share is to take ownership.

Get a Job (, or How My Wife Let Me Quit and Write a Novel)

Scott Cheshire | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Scott Cheshire

We raised our glasses, and introduced ourselves to the other couples around us until someone kindly congratulated me on my book. Because hadn't I just published a book, too? That's not exactly true, but it certainly feels like it is.

10 Rules For Aspiring Women Writers

AK Turner | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
AK Turner

Whether you write romance, poetry, steampunk, fantasy, literary fiction, horror, or how-to books, your work matters.