The Hipster & the Clairvoyant: 6 Bad Openings for Your Book

Finish your novel or memoir with the help of book doctor Dinty W. Moore's six easy-to-identify missteps beginning writers often make.

Some Mysteries Take the Genre to a New Level

Literary? Who knows or cares. This mystery novel is delightful and worth reading long into the cold dark night.

Craving More Meaningful Trips?

Guest blogger and constant traveler Steven Barber reviews an unusual travel guide, one that helps you figure yourself out in order to plan and take better trips.

Imagine Falling Back in Time 600 Years — And Liking It

When a good writer creates a believable world on the page, it doesn't matter where you go in time, you'll want to keep turning pages.

What If Your Mind Lost Its Words?

Imagine if you stopped talking to yourself in your head. Living with impaired language abilities changes the way we think about who we are. A first-person account illuminates.

I Have Seen Your Brain and It Might Not Be So Pretty

Can a specialized scan of your brain tell us if you are awake and aware? If you are a nice person or a psychopath?

Finding Meaning After Losing Faith

Young people who question everything may be born into communities that insist it is wrong to doubt their religion. Here's the story of one who got away and found his own meaning.

I Keep Good Stuff, You Hoard Junk: 10 Insights

A diversity of odd habits and rituals for quelling anxiety lies along the continuum between normal and diagnosable. You may recognize some of these compulsions.

17 Ways to Foster Creativity in a Practical Kid

Does your child show little interest in the usual arts and crafts? Some kids are most passionate about how the real world works, and can be remarkably creative. You can help.

Write Better By Reading Better Books

Some authors find they can't read other writers' work while they're creating their own. Others never stop reading and learning from the best. Eight new-ish novels to sink into.

Could Your Brain Make You Do Insane Things?

A brain tumor may figure in the insanity defense of the youth who fake-called Jewish community centers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Brain-imaging is gaining credence in courts.

What Would Your Protest Sign Say?

Whether you're for or against something or everything, there are many ways to be effective. You'll also feel better by doing something. Here's an idea.
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Writers: How to Be Fired Up, Not Burned Out

Starting something new is not the only way to get excited about writing again. Here are some reflections about how to find flow.

6 Tips Toward Getting Your Book Published

Anyone serious about turning written work into actual books must do a lot of research into the realities of publishing before sending anything into the world. Here are 6 tips.

Purposeful Quirks Can Help You Build a Can-Do Attitude

I interviewed dozens of famous writers and wrote a book about them. One of the nicest was Carolyn See. Read my interview with her now.
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The Challenge of Writing and Publishing Dark Fiction

Think it's easy to write a serious book about good, evil, love, cowardice, Nazis, and a small group of people stuck on a desert island? An interview with Daniel A. Blum.

20/20 Hindsight and How to Avoid Regret

Your Inner Critic is the seemingly invincible voice that makes you second-guess your every step and finds you wanting. Let meditation teacher Mark Coleman help you free yourself.

Minimum Daily Requirement for Creativity

Tips to help you "Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists."

6 New Novels With Unexpected, Unforgettable Characters

I get bored reading the same kind of novel over and over. But when an author shows me a fresh point of view, I'm hooked. These books lure you in with unusual characters.

5 More Ways to Fight Creative Block and Enter Flow

Your inner critic deserves to be called a big jerk because it's judging you prematurely with no basis in truth. Here are some ways to disarm the jerk.

A Science-y Take on Time Travel Needn't Break Your Brain

Time travel isn't possible, says science, unless some currently unimaginable things happen. But don't let that dim your pleasure in the fantasy. An expert guide helps.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

5 Lessons About Success from Nobel Laureates

Nobel laureates are frequently asked their secret to winning a Nobel Prize. Read what guest blogger David Pratt learned by examining laureates' lives.

Time Travel: When "Be Here Now" Isn't Enough

There's something compelling about time travel novels in which characters go back in time to change or fix the past. Here are a few new books—and worlds—to try out.

6 Ways to Convince People to Do What You Want

If you want to become more influential, take the time to craft a message that's persuasive.

Giving Voice to Grief in a Novel Way

A doctor imagines cloning his lost son to keep him alive in the minds of his debut novel's readers. This Q&A with the author explains the why and the how.

How It Feels to Be an Outsider Everywhere

Longing for home after an unwilling long-distance move, the protagonist of this profoundly insightful novel learns to live anywhere, or maybe nowhere.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

Psychological tests that are trusted by one generation may be debunked by the next. A selection of tests to learn about and try, just for fun, are found in Psychobook.

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Revealing Memoir

A memoir can be written by anyone, yet the best ones are authored by those who have learned to dig deep and write what others might fear to.

Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain: 9 Creative Tips

One of these new guides for creatives may offer you the precise bit of advice you need to engage with the work that means the world to you.

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