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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

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Summary books: parasites or time savers?

What do you think about summary books? I've noticed more and more of them popping up on Amazon lately. For instance, consider the book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy, 352 pages, £8.99 in...

When will headline writers stop misusing the word "insane"?

How you noticed how often clickbait headlines use the word "insane"? As in, get insane results, one insane trick to help you lose weight, etc.? Here are a few real examples: "How Pokemon Go is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales"...

A simple question to help you understand what your characters would do next

When you're stuck for what a character in your novel or screenplay would do next, there's a simple question that can help you decide. As novelist Lili Wright ("Dancing With the Tiger") points out in an interview in The National...

A better formula for creating your passwords

A mistake people make when changing their password is just changing one element or adding one character to their current password. Apparently, hackers program for that. A better option is to have your password made up of four unrelated words,...

How many days does it take to establish a new habit? (And how to do it)

Are there any new habits you'd like to form? Writing every day, making time to read every day, exercising, or keeping your home office tidy, for instance? How long would it take, and what are the best ways to do...

How much exercise do writers (and other sedentary types) need?

Writers and many other spend much of our days sitting down. We know we need exercise in order to stay healthy, but how much? Science Daily reports a study from the University of Cambridge that suggests the magic number is...

The One Hour Pre-Motivation Strategy

I've written before about the fact that it's easy to make hard decisions for our future selves...but when we arrive at that point, our present self doesn't stick to the plan. For instance, it's easy to decide right now that...

How the movie Spotlight covered up its missing plot element

I finally caught up with the film, Spotlight, on a plane trip from Los Angeles to London. It won the 'best picture' Academy Award this year. Sure, the acting was good, the story was important, and it was well directed,...

Is there a web series in your future?

I've been looking at a number of web series lately and have been impressed by the level of professionalism of many of them. There are series based on just about any topic or situation you can imagine, but some seem...

These folks make a movie in 48 hours...what can you do in 48 hours?

In the 48 Hour Film Project, teams are given that amount of time to make a short film incorporating several elements that aren't revealed until just before the event starts. These include a genre, a character, a prop, and a...

Could your blog vanish without a trace?

What if you woke up one morning to find that your blog had disappeared? Do you have it backed up? Are you sure? I read about an artist to whom this happened and not only didn't he back up his...

Would you agree to give away your firstborn? (Probably)

A study confirms what we already know: hardly anybody actually reads those lengthy terms and conditions you have to agree to before you can download an app or join a social media or other site. Here's how MediaPost summarized the...

The Parody Site That Can Help You Generate Story Ideas

The Upworthy Generator is a tool that comes up with the kinds of clickbait headlines you see online all the time. It creates a headline and an image that actually has nothing to do with the headline. It's not that...

Why you should make your characters lose control

A feeling of having no control over a situation has been identified as one of the main sources of stress...which is a good reason to find ways to put your character into situations in which he or she has no...

A thought about ideas (and bad first drafts)

“All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” Stephen Spielberg To which I would add: if you think your first draft is really, really, really good...oh oh.

Writers and artists, we have to lose the supplicant mentality

I gave a talk to a writers' group this morning and one of the things that came up is the mindset that writers and artists often have. My graphic representation is: I call it the supplicant mindset. Because writers and...

Chocolate, Radishes, and Willpower

Is willpower something you just have or don't have, or it is something that we have in a certain quantity that diminishes over the course of a day, as we use it? Today I read an account of a study...

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