GoodReads Write or Die by Dr Wicked | Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity 3 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Finally Write Your Book As a writer and published author, when I tell people what I do for a living, I’m often met with the response, “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” It’s kind of exciting because I never realized how many would-be authors there are out there that share my passion for putting words to paper. But, at the same time it makes me sad because these people aren’t achieving their goal of finally seeing their thoughts in print. If this is you, then you’ve likely had the daydream of seeing your name on the bestsellers list. You’ve pictured yourself sitting with a warm cup of coffee on a bench by the water as you ponder what bestseller you’re going to write next. Well, it’s time to take these visions and make them a reality. It’s a Legacy When I look at all of the published works I have both online and in print, I’m always reminded that they will be there long after I quit writing. In actuality, they’ll likely be around in some way, shape or form forever which, of course, I won’t be. No Regrets
A List of Excellent Personal-Development Sites I recently polled Ask Metafilter for the best personal development sites: I want to compile a list of personal development and productivity sites. I’m looking for sites with real, practical information that you can use in your everyday life, sites that motivate you to be a better person, to try new things. Examples: 43 Folders, Steve Pavlina. The suggestions included: Lifehacker — The 300-pound grandmother of productivity blogs (and I mean that in a good way — I love Lifehacker). Since asking the question, I discovered Guy Kawasaki’s Signum Sine Tinnitu, a weblog on entrepreneurship and marketing. GRS is committed to helping our readers save and achieve their financial goals. This article is about Self-Improvement, Self-Improvement
36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk 1: Establishing Your Authority Chuck teaches two principal methods for building a narrative voice your readers will believe in. Discover the Heart Method and the Head Method and how to employ each to greatest effect. 2: Developing a Theme At the core of Minimalism is focusing any piece of writing to support one or two major themes. 3: Using “On-The-Body” Physical Sensation Great writing must reach both the mind and the heart of your reader, but to effectively suspend reality in favor of the fictional world, you must communicate on a physical level, as well. 4: Submerging the “I” First-person narration, for all its immediacy and power, becomes a liability if your reader can't identify with your narrator. 5: Nuts and Bolts: Hiding a Gun Sometimes called "plants and payoffs" in the language of screenwriters, Hiding a Gun is an essential skill to the writer's arsenal that university writing courses almost never touch upon. 6: Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs 8: Nuts and Bolts: Using Choruses
The Top 48 Most Motivational and Inspirational Web Sites - 8 Women Dream Where do you get your inspiration? The terms motivation and inspiration can mean different things to different people. The sites listed below represent a comprehensive list of web sites where we can find inspiration or motivation to help keep us moving toward our dreams. This list is not in any particular order, but if you want to let me know which ones you feel are the top 10 – I can always rearrange the order. The Top 48 Most Motivational and Inspirational websites on the Internet - 1. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading through their video website. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TEDTalks is where you will find the best video talks and performances from TED conferences, TEDx and partner events — and the best talks of the web. 2. When you need that extra boost of creativity, spend some time on this website. 3. This is a must-see website. I warn you — bring Kleenex. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Shakespeare Insult Kit Shakespeare Insult Kit Since 1996, the origin of this kit was listed as anonymous. It came to me on a piece of paper in the 90's with no attribution, and I thought it would make a cool web page. Combine one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with "Thou": My additions: cullionly whoreson knave fusty malmsey-nosed blind-worm caluminous rampallian popinjay wimpled lily-livered scullian burly-boned scurvy-valiant jolt-head misbegotten brazen-faced malcontent odiferous unwash'd devil-monk poisonous bunch-back'd toad fishified leaden-footed rascal Wart-necked muddy-mettled Basket-Cockle pigeon-liver'd scale-sided Back to the insulter. Chris Seidel
50 Must-Read Personal Development Bloggers That’ll Change Your Life Tired of reading the same blogs over and over? Looking for fresh articles to read? A new angle on your favorite personal development topics? I got you covered! As much as I love writing about this subject, I can’t take credit for everything I write. Much of my knowledge on self-development came from reading these great writers and thinkers. Unfortunately there’s no way for me to rank these bloggers objectively and accurately. What this list lacks in ranking, however, it makes up for in quality. Follow these Personal Development Bloggers for Your Daily Dose of Wisdom, Inspiration, and Step-by-Step Instructions for World Domination 1. I’ve been a fan since I read the 4-Hour Workweek and I now have his other books, 4-Hour Body and 4-Hour Chef. From Tim, I learned that having many options isn’t always better. Favorite posts: 2. Maria Popova. Maria Popova isn’t your usual self-development blogger. 3. 4. 5. Leo Babuta writes about habits and living a minimalist lifestyle. 6. I was intrigued. 7.