L.A. Kennedy

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Tomas Laurinavicius, Contributor, Lifestyle Entrepreneur Photo credit: Alvaro Serrano/Unsplash. With few exceptions, everything you’ve ever read in your entire life was written by somebody. It’s an obvious observation but becomes an impressive fact the more you think about it. Writers are far more prevalent than most people think, in that many key responsibilities and duties …

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Morris M. The classic image of a writer is a hard-working, hard-drinking lone wolf who breaks big stories and rakes in a fortune. But while we don’t really expect every journalist to be Tom Wolfe or every author to be Ernest Hemingway, there’s still a huge gulf between reality and what most of us imagine …

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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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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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Joe Fassler on Seven of the Most Common Writing Tips I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard—the last line of Last Night in …

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By Anne R. Allen Social Media is both a boon and a curse to new writers. Online writing groups and forums are an excellent source of insider information on the publishing industry—stuff we once could only find at expensive classes and writers’ conferences. But social media is also a major source of misinformation and dangerously …

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THE BEST LIBRARIES IN THE WORLD With education as our focus here at The Best Colleges, we obviously love libraries. College libraries, public libraries, private libraries — whatever and wherever they are, we love them all. For those of you not “of a certain age,” a library is a quiet building that houses tons of …

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They’re vs. Their vs. There Your vs. You’re Its vs. It’s Incomplete Comparisons Passive Voice Dangling Modifiers Referring to a Brand or Entity as ‘They’ Possessive Nouns Affect vs. Effect Me vs. I To vs. Too Do’s and Don’ts i.e. vs. e.g. Peek vs. Peak vs. Pique Who vs. That Who vs. Whom vs. Whose …

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So, you’re still writing your little book? Must be nice not to have a real job. Writing doesn’t sound all that difficult. I always thought I’d write a book after I retire, once I have some time to kill. Wait a second, creative writing degrees are a real thing? Have you been published yet? Have …

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