L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

by Caitlin Morton While we all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, this is one case in which evaluating something based on its appearance is not only accepted, but encouraged. From Seattle to Tokyo, these beautiful libraries are known for noteworthy exteriors—think soaring architecture and bountiful gardens—and interiors featuring designs like …

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by Albert Flynn DeSilver There’s a term thrown around in the world of writing that I’ve never fully understood: emerging writer. To emerge as a writer, or anything else for that matter, you must emerge from one thing into an entirely different something else—that is, you must move from one state of being or existence …

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Via NY Book Editors If writing isn’t your day job (yet), I bet you’ve daydreamed of what it must be like. You’ve probably imagined a life spent creating fantastical characters from thin air, as you smoke a cigar, and peck away on your typewriter. Wait—wrong century. Let’s just say, you probably nurse a very romantic …

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Pen, Pencil, Tablet, or Typewriter… Jonathan Isbill As a writer in the company of fellow writers, there are countless reasons why we write, how we started, and why we continue. Each person has his or her own unique narrative behind the reasons to write. I think you’ll soon see the value that writing brings to …

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Via The Guardian A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens. It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going …

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Studying can feel like a drag because the reward is distant and difficult to visualize. But you can change that. Scott Young Studying is an unpleasant task for most people. Students procrastinate on preparing for an exam until a last minute cram. Professionals avoid taking the training they need to get ahead in their profession. …

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via Aerogramme Writers’ Studio I. “I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what …

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Via The Guardian Made a New Year resolution to start writing that novel? Take some writing tips from Leo Tolstoy, Muriel Spark, John Steinbeck and other famous authors. Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite …

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Via gosparkpress.com Before Print The concept of publishing began long before the invention of the printing press. It began as far back as the invention of writing. Scribes copied works all by hand. Obviously, this was a long, painstaking process, thus, books developed along with movable type. The Invention of the Printing Press The Chinese …

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Via Spark Press “You may burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas those books contain have passed through millions of channels and will go on.”—Helen Keller from her “Open Letter to German Students”  A Short History… The first banned book in America Book burning is a long-held practice …

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