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Writing and the Threshold Life: Jane Hirshfield on How the Liminal Liberates Us from the Prison of the Self

yesterdayHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The creative self [asks] the surrender of ordinary conceptions of identity and will for a broader kind of intimacy and allegiance."

7 Ways To Stay Positive As A Writer

Writing is fantastic for creative expression, helping others, or even building a business, but there are always days when we can feel like it's too much, when we get discouraged, when we need a boost to continue along the author journey.  In today's article, Sara Crawford outlines some ways to stay positive as a writer.  […]

Hack The MFA

6 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

This one little guide can save you $20,000. Seems like a good investment. Column by Peter Derk Maybe you applied to a university’s creative writing MFA program and didn’t get in. Maybe you have a life that would never allow for you to take classes. Show More Summary

Creative Ways to Start Your Freelance Writing Career

Becoming a freelance writer isn’t as easy as it looks, but it isn’t impossible. Although it might be a stay-home activity, it is still a job that needs to be taken seriously. To get started there are a couple of tips that you should follow in order to land your first client: Search for other […]

Our 200-Guest Summer Camp Wedding Was Food for the Soul

Try to put the most time and effort into the parts of planning that you enjoy. I absolutely loved writing our ceremony and designing our wedding website, since it gave me the opportunity to be creative in a way that worked for me. Don’t be afraid to outsource or skip something nonessential that doesn’t bring you any satisfaction. Show More Summary

Stimulate Creativity & Cure Writers Block Using Magnetic Poetry

Scrambled words can be turned into poetry and personalized decor with this creative writing aid. Magnetic word art prints individual words and letters on separate magnets so you can arrange and rearrange them in any you’d like combining words, phrases and turning them into poetry or short stories. They are …

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year everyone! I have been meaning to write this post all week but after a pretty nasty cold on new year’s eve and injuring my knee a few days later, I felt like my creative motivation to sit down and reflect has been stunted. Show More Summary

How Multihyphenate Tayla Parx Stays Creatively Charged While Juggling a Solo Music Career

By now 24-year-old music sensation Tayla Parx should need no introduction. The three-time Grammy nominee is accomplished at everything she does and has transitioned from writing and producing music for acclaimed artists like Demi Lovato and Ariana Granda to launching her own successful recording career. After partnering with ASICS to get a deeper look into […]

Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them

Why is it so hard for us to put pen to page, even though we say we want to do it? Writing shouldn’t feel like this much of a struggle, but it is… even if we love it and we dedicate our lives to it. This problem stems from a series of...Show More Summary

How To Be Creative In Writing And In Business with Orna Ross

Tapping into our creativity around writing and around money can free us to pursue a more holistic and fulfilled life, and in today's show, Orna Ross talks about how to use F-R-E-E writing to break through your creative and money blocks. In the introduction, I give a personal update about my new screenplay adaptation of […]

Thornton P. Knowles On Academic Tenure

Creative writing professor Martin Russ, in his 1980 classic, Showdown Semester, wrote: "The tenured professor is never forced to justify his classroom work to his students, and can go on for year after year in a take-it-or-leave-it way...Show More Summary

Write your manifesto on the move with this do-it-all writing platform

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Creative writing can be a sensitive process, which is why it pays to ensure you have every edge available when it comes to churning out that screenplay or novel. Storyist for Mac gives you complete control over manuscripts and screenplays. Show More Summary

These Are the 15 Under-Eye Patches I Wear to Hide a Hangover

There's a time-honored creative cliché you probably learned in high school English class: write what you know. Well, friends, if I know anything, it's how to hide a hangover. As a 23-year-old woman who's had her share of late nights,...Show More Summary

Jessica Chastain Tells Jimmy Kimmel Her Italian In-Laws 'Hate' Her - Watch Here!

Jessica Chastain strikes a pose while attending Variety’s Creative Impact Awards to help honor her Molly’s Game director Aaron Sorkin with the Creative Impact in Writing at Parker Palm Springs on Monday (January 3) in Palm Springs, Calif. That same evening, the two-time Oscar-nominated actress made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she talked [...]

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Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work. - Anthony Powell

A novel idea

Many people fondly imagine they “have a novel inside them”. I certainly did. That, though, was where for most of my life it stayed. Firmly inside. For as long as I can remember, I believed some people had the gift of writing creatively while others did not and that I was without doubt in the latter category. Show More Summary

Launch a professional copywriting career for just $24

You’re smart, you’re creative and you can write a little bit. Congratulations, that puts you on the path to becoming a copywriter. But before you go charging into a top ad firm and demand a spot in their stable, you’ll need to understand some of the basic steps in crafting solid, effective advertising copy. Show More Summary

Thornton P. Knowles On Taking Creative Chances In Fiction

If you don't have the guts to gamble, to take chances with your creativity, you have no business writing a novel. If you're not a creative risk-taker, go write a feel-good piece for your local newspaper. You know, how Mable down at the...Show More Summary

How to Find the Right Illustrator for Your Children’s Book

One of my favorite aspects of being an indie author is having creative control over my work. I have the final say on all decisions big and small. The buck stops here. At least it did until I decided to write an illustrated children’s chapter book series. A few years ago, my husband and I […]

Nick Cannon is making a women's basketball movie with noted feminist Chris Brown

According to Variety, Nick Cannon is set to direct, write, produce, and star in a movie about women playing street basketball called She Ball. With so much creative control over the project, Cannon was presumably also able to cast whoever he wanted in the film, and Variety says he used that power to cast none other… Read more...

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