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52 Terrific Tips for Writing Better

Why shouldn’t you benefit from my hoarded load of 52 tips, quotes, and links about writing and the writing life? read more

Writing Advice Books Alive and Kicking

Three new writing advice books tackle both ends of the authorial spectrum. One is a memoir by a finally-published writer who shares the advice he got from bestselling author John Grisham. You won't pry the other two guides off my personal shelf... read more

Why Writing Is So Good for You

Studies have demonstrated improvements in overall well-being for those who write about their lives and sorrows. Is that due to being in a flow state? read more

Creativity Straight from the Shrink’s Couch

Famous author Philip Roth based some of his best-known novels on his own psychoanalysis. A groundbreaking edited volume expertly explores these psychoanalytic elements (and finds that a cigar isn’t just a cigar). read more

Thirteen Successful and Risky New Novels

The 13 books reviewed here offer entertainment and mental stimulation, and are great examples of novelists who took risks and achieved their creative goals. read more

Why Imperfect Sex Can Be Plenty Good Enough

Do you believe the fairy tale that when you find the right person and commit, sex will forevermore be perfect? Or have you fallen for the opposite fantasy. read more

3 Reasons You’re So Angry

Learn to allow your brain time to kick in and make sense of what otherwise leaves you helpless with rage. Mindful anger leads to emotional freedom. read more

When Imperfect Sex Is Plenty Good Enough

Do you believe the fairy tale that when you find the right person and commit, sex will forevermore be perfect? Or have you fallen for the opposite fantasy... read more

Comic Wit George Carlin Spills All

Famous for his witty and politically incorrect social criticism, George Carlin was a hugely popular and award-winning stand-up comic. A new book-length interview offers fascinating insights into his beliefs and creativity. read more

This Makes Us Human

What does Harold and the Purple Crayon have in common with the Biblical talking snake? They both represent examples of blending: a theory about how our brains make culture. read more

Serious About Writing A Novel? Do It In 30 Days

Two new books detail how you can write a novel in 30 days, with or without participating in National Novel Writing Month. read more

Five Ways Failure Leads to Mastery

“The pursuit of mastery is an ever-onward almost,” writes Sarah Lewis, author of The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery. She offers numerous examples and new ways of thinking about how you can make failure work for you. read more

Know When to Walk Away

Knowing when to quit is a complex skill—an art—that few of us were ever taught. Sticking to goals long after they cease to be in our best interests is a mindless way to live. Learning how to quit can help you reinvent and fulfill yourself. read more

The Most Famous Murder We Were All Lied To About

Fifty years ago, Kitty Genovese was 29 when she was viciously assaulted and stabbed to death. Psychology textbooks all teach about the crime, as it led to the theory of “the bystander effect.” Now we can read a much fuller version of the whole story in a compelling new book. read more

The Funniest Book You'll Ever Read about a Rotten Childhood

Anything but a generic tale of growing up poor and emotionally neglected in a Scottish town, author Kerry Hudson's new novel is original and a pleasure to read. Here's my Q&A with the young author of Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma. read more

When Staying the Course is Wrong

Knowing when to quit is a complex skill—an art—that few of us were ever taught. Sticking to goals long after they cease to be in our best interests is a mindless way to live. Learning how to quit can help you reinvent and fulfill yourself. read more

5 Ways to Finish What You Start (and Why You Often Don't)

Surely we’ve all done it: start something new and then leave it unfinished. If it’s a frequent distressing pattern, here’s how you can deal with it. read more

7 Ways to Use Psychology to Improve the World

Social psychology and other related sciences have much to offer activists for a more compassionate world. In the invaluable guide CHANGE OF HEART, an advocacy expert shows how to promote change, particularly in individuals. read mor...

Women Cope and Hope: 3 Unusual Memoirs

Good memoirs combine gut-wrenching reality with good writing, leaving you feeling as though you’ve actually gotten to know the writer. Three new ones are eye-opening: about a woman who lost her memory, a woman who barely slept for two years caring for her disabled son, and a woman born without legs. read more

Writerly Flow Comes in Many Forms

With more than 30 novels and nonfiction books to her credit, Elizabeth Cody still wonders what will result from her next writing session, whether free-flowing creativity or highly productive deadline-pressured output. read more

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