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Quote of the day
To succeed in today’s competitive job market and build a career that leverages your unique passions and talent, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally–and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution you can make.
~DORIE CLARK, author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future
5 New Ways to Choose Perfect Character Names, The Write Life | Tweet
Do you agonize for hours over character names? I used to. I knew I needed the just-right name to convey who the character was, but I didn’t know how to figure out what that just-right name was.
The Character Naming Sourcebook
Point of View in Writing, The Write Practice | Tweet
As an editor, point of view problems are among the top mistakes I see inexperienced writers make, and they instantly erode credibility and reader trust.
Point Of View: Understanding Which P.O.V. is Best for Your Story and Using it Effectively (Tip, Tricks and Tools of the Writer’s Trade Book 1)
- How to write well in a language that isn’t your mother tongue, Nail Your Novel | Tweet
’ve had this interesting email: Since January this year, I’ve been attending writing workshops, and my novel is progressing well. But English isn’t my first language, and I don’t do any creative writing in my day job. I feel I’m struggling. My priority is quality, and I think I need expert help. Should I get an editor? What do you advise? Maria.
On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
Time Travel Done Right: Weaving Memories into a Storyline, Writer Unboxed | Tweet
Keep the present action going. Don’t include the past at all. Include it, but don’t put it there. Or there. Or there.
Time Travel: A Writer’s Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel
- Quentin Tarantino Explains Why He’ll Never Use Netflix, ScreenCrush | Tweet
Most movie fans love Netflix because it allows them a rotating library of movies plus original shows to stream instantly for a fixed price. But the king of all the movie fans, Quentin Tarantino, says he’s never used Netflix and has no plans to.
A few years ago everybody was chasing the unicorn of what worked on both theatrical and digital, but we’re finding that it’s either one or the other.
- How to remove negative book reviews from Amazon, Creativindie | Tweet
Amazon is at war with authors. And that’s OK: their revenue comes from readers, and they want to make sure readers keep buying books, which means giving them books they won’t be disappointed with.
Why Our Author Brand is More Important than Ever Before, Kristen Lamb’s Blog | Tweet
For those of us who want to make a living as a professional author, we must take author branding seriously. We are a business. Want to be successful? Do what successful people do. Successful authors have a brand and use social media well.
The Author Platform: How to build yourself a castle that will stand the test of time (The Authorship Adventure Series Book 1)
- 5 Important New Insights About Why We Get Angry, The Creativity Post | Tweet
Anger is an energy. To understand this energy, we need to start with how little we know.
Life is better for people who believe willpower is unlimited, The British Psychological Society | Tweet
While psychologists continue to debate whether or not willpower is a finite resource, a related strand of research is exploring the implications for the rest of us depending on whether we personally believe willpower is unlimited.
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
New research finds the brains of lonely people respond more negatively to social stimuli
Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
Diversification of Opportunity, A Wealth of Common Sense | Tweet
Once reality sets in and you see how the real world actually works you begin to realize that nothing ever goes as planned. Most people will tell you that life isn’t fair, but it’s also so random that there’s more luck involved in where we end up than most people are willing to admit.
Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life
- Why Is Art Expensive?, Priceonomics | Tweet
This points to an important if unromantic truth: Brands are king in fine art. Names like Rothko and Pollock distinguish them from unknown artists the same way the Coke and Pepsi brands distinguish them from other sugar water.
Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future