Two Views of Aging While Creative

Two well-known aging authors, May Sarton and Donald Hall, have written intimate tell-alls about how it feels to be 80-something.

Peek into the Lives of the Worried Rich

A good writer, who is also a mom with young kids, goes native in the weird tribe of primates who make their home in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She comes out alive, with a new book—and a fancy handbag.

10 Ways to Be Creative

I got this cool box of illustrated cards and immediately thought of a zillion ways to use it. Here's a sample of a creative thought process.

A Select Assortment of Books and More

Not every worthy book or DVD gets the attention it deserves. Here are a few you might otherwise miss.

A Grab Bag of Wisdom to Help You Enter Flow

You know those times when you aren't in the mood to write, but you want to get in the mood? Read some of these honest and insightful quotes from good writers to help ease your own transition into the headiness of a creative flow state.

Make Skepticism, Not Gullibility, Your Habit

Everyone knows someone who believes in some form of unscientific science. After all, if such-and-such helped so-and-so, it should help you, right? Not so fast.

8 Myths About Creativity

Admit it: we all have more than enough excuses and rationalizations for why we aren't doing the creative work we claim to value. Could creative myths be contributing to your procrastination?

How Movies Trick Your Mind

At our house, when we watch a movie that’s nothing more than an engaging time-waster, we think of it as brain-dead-movie time. But brains are most certainly not “dead” when watching a movie.

7 Hints for Making It as an Artist

Are you a weekend artist who putters and creates but longs for more time to pursue a career as a “real” artist?

Are Friends Really Worth That Much?

Have you ever reflected on the role of female friends in your own life? Do you maintain lifelong friendships? If not, do you wish you could?

5 Fixes for Conversations That Go Bad

My soon-to-be-ex-husband said in a therapy session, “I’m not blaming. I’m just explaining what she did wrong.” If only we’d both had copies of the new book Blamestorming with its wealth of help for conversations going wrong.

Why You Need a Book Doctor

Before I hired a book doctor or would take the idea seriously, two or three interested agents had to urge me to get editing help. A new guidebook answers some of the many questions I had about paying for such help.

10 Myths About Love, Exploded

These are some of my favorite things: the color blue, strawberries for dessert, and the emotion called love. But what exactly is love? Can you be in and out of it at the same time? Myths abound.

Is Diabetes Solvable?

Health books are fascinating to the degree that you have a personal interest in the topic. Diabetes has been a fact of life for my family for decades, so this new book held out hope.

The Many Hues (and Cries) of Noir

If you’ve ever spent a minute at a racetrack’s betting window, you’ll recognize the excitement of this accomplished thriller. Even if you haven’t, you’ll find yourself caring for the two main characters who share their journey seeking justice from a capricious world.

Here's Hoping Your Muse (Like This Author's) Is No Floozy

I’m not much into one-night stands, nor, for some of the same reasons, short stories. They don’t satisfy my craving to lose myself for an extended period of time in a new world. Still, the occasional short story manages to prove itself memorable...

Do People Feel More Pain Today?

“That hurts!” “No, it doesn’t.” “Yes, it does!” Who’s right? Depends on your social world and when in history you’re talking about pain. Pain’s history is fascinating, full of prejudice, ignorance, and misguided efforts at relief.

Eavesdropping on Famous Writers

Books about famed writers, or collections of conversations with them, are always seductive to writers. How open will this famous person be? What heretofore hidden thoughts or behaviors are going to be revealed?

When It Really Is All About You

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think their lives are too ordinary to fill a book, and those who understand that any life, carefully observed, can be the subject of a compelling memoir. Before you get too excited, learn more about the process.

How Novelists Blunder into Meaning

It’s great fun to create a new world of your own design. Even better for novelists is to discover–during writing and even after publication—how the little details of their creation dovetail in ways they hadn’t imagined.

3 Mysteries To Kill For

Whether you spread out these intriguing mystery thrillers over several nights, or watch each series straight through, I believe you’ll be as happily engrossed as I was. Their psychological depth only adds to the fun.

The True Story of a Journey to Bestsellerdom (Plus 9 Tips)

When his marriage and his teaching job ended, this would-be writer took off into the wilderness and came back with the raw material for what would become—after four unexpectedly long years filled with work, rejection, and self-discipline—a bestselling nonfiction book.

When Page Count Doesn’t Count

When the start and the end of a novel come many hundreds of pages apart, too many readers don’t even begin reading. Yet, chosen with care, a very long novel rewards time and attention many times over. Try these three.

7 Ways to Unchain Your Brain and Do More, Better

Hyperconnectivity and multitasking are so common today that most of us don’t realize there are other ways of working and being. But when we overdo either of them, we shortchange ourselves and limit our brain’s potential. Ponder these 7 insights.

Successful Artists Do It--Can You?

The steps anyone else took to becoming a successful creative person, possibly earning a living doing what he or she loves, isn’t going to be your personal recipe. But every little bit of information helps. These books have useful suggestions.

Exit Here, but Only if You Really Really Want to

What does a party supplies shop have to do with death? When the shop owner has become involved in supplying an easeful death to selected clients by way of helium, a plastic hood, and some tubing. With humor and sensitivity, this novelist tells an original tale.

Two New Novels to Twist Your Sympathies into a Knot

The craft with which these two new novels were written will have you imagining yourself in the shoes of a ruthless enemy.

So Many Hyper Kids, Such a Checkered History of Help

I once attended a support group for the parents of hyperactive/attention deficit kids. What I heard was extreme: their kids were uncontrollable and they, the parents, were at their wits’ ends. Have far have we come since then?

5 Artistic Ways to Get Your Creativity Unstuck

Whether you write, photograph, paint, sculpt, or welcome the muse some other way, you may enjoy collecting fresh techniques for inviting flow into your day. Here's a beautifully inspiring new book...

6 Superlative Stories You'd Be Sorry to Miss

Lose yourself in any of these six current novels by skilled authors. They’ll make you laugh at absurdity, learn about other times and cultures, and question your assumptions.

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