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The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

33 Lessons on Critical Thinking – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in April. From ana...

The Secret To Success? Just Start

This was the toughest sentence to write in this whole blog. Why? Because it was the starting sentence, and starting anything—whether it’s an essay, a gym routine, or a business—is a huge challenge. You’ve probably experienced the st...

Sitting Up With Tom Wolfe — A 1974 Interview

This extensive interview with author and journalist Tom Wolfe, who passed away on May 14, 2018, appeared in Writer’s Digest in 1974, shortly before the publication of Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff. Interview by Joe David Bellam...

Comedy Writers and Satirists of the #MeToo Movement

In this second installment in a series about the impact of the #MeToo movement on how and what women write, Leigh Anne Jasheway focuses on women who write and publish comedy and satire. Read the first installment here. There’s a rule in c...

Inside the Mind of a Villain: 8 Journeys and Motives Behind Evildoers, Antiheroes & Antagonists

By Dustin Grinnell Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky Whenever we learn of an unspeakable crime, an incomprehensible act, there are questions. Chief amon...

How Freud’s Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis Applies to the Writing Experience

How does Freud’s fundamental rule of psychoanalysis apply to the life of a writer? DeSales Harrison explores how his former training as a psychoanalyst helped him craft his novel—and the writing process in general. The Inexhaustible Wei...

How to Socialize While Still Being Yourself

So, you’re sitting at the lunch table. Tuna sandwich in your hands, salad in the Tupperware, you even remembered to bring some apple juice. But you can’t enjoy it. After you finish your lunch, you have to sit awkwardly alone for the rem...

Marrying Fiction and Nonfiction in Business Books

In my latest book, Match in the Root Cellar, I tell the story of Carolyn, a newly appointed CEO in charge of dismantling her company’s default culture of complacency and discontent. Many people reading her story might assume she is a fict...

Encouraging Young Writers: Why You Should Set Aside Time to Read and Write With Kids

by Austin Moore Children change everything. Social habits, sleep habits, eating habits, and even writing habits are subject to complete upheaval when offspring enter the picture. The biggest change Tucker, my firstborn, made to this part of...

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