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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

Creative Writing Process Differs By Author and Project

As part of a Writing Process Blog Tour, read how this author’s creative process is different for each book, and learn to enter flow by setting yourself reasonable challenges. read more

What a Trickster Can Teach You About Creativity

The trickster in this book is a wise joker who misdirects for the purpose of loosening your creativity. Forget about pre-set destinations and try these original hints and exercises for writers and artists. read more

Heavens! Making Creative Fun of Paradise

We all have to make up our own minds about whether a so-called Afterlife exists, and this author has come up with a wryly amusing fictional version of a rather unexpected heaven. read more

Interview (about Creative Writing) with an Iconoclast

Quirky creativity, leavened with humor, makes some poetry enlightening and controversial. Read the interview to learn what it takes to loosen your creativity. read more

Interview with an Iconoclast

Quirky creativity, leavened with humor, makes some poetry enlightening and controversial. Read the interview to learn what it takes to loosen your creativity. read more

All Together Now! Let’s Spread the Word of . . . Reason

It’s time for atheists to stop being cowering wimps, claims an original and creative guide that shows how to get people—any people you happen to bump up against in your daily life—to mistrust faith. read more

Richard Dawkins Revises a LOT

Richard Dawkins’ autobiography reveals much about his childhood, as well as specifics of his creative process. He’s such an elegant and clear writer, that those words were particularly fascinating to me. read more

5 Foundations to Flourish?

What distinguishes creatives and business artists who flourish has less to do with wealth, ease, or freedom from challenge. Creativity consultant Jeffrey Davis breaks down his own case studies and compares them to the literature on human flourishing. read more

25 Truths Learned While Writing a First Novel

It took me a decade or more from that first thought of writing a novel to today, when I can lift my eyes and see copies of KYLIE'S HEEL on my shelf. Here are 25 things I learned along the way. read more

Autobiography Reveals How Richard Dawkins Writes

Richard Dawkins’ autobiography reveals much about his childhood, as well as specifics of his creative process. He’s such an elegant and clear writer, that those words were particularly fascinating to me. read more

Doesn’t He Know That Makes Me Want to Scream?

While working on a book about very happy couples in long-term relationships, I jotted down a list of my own spouse’s annoying (though trivial) behaviors. Silly or not, such habits may have an insidious effect. Unless... read more

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