Thickening Skin: 6 Tips for Taking Criticism

ARTICLE BY ROBBIE BLAIR VIA LITREACTOR.COM Beginning writers are often told that they need to develop a thick skin. No one bothers to tell them how this is done or what exactly having “thick skin” means. Let me try to help. To start, here’s a working definition: Having a thick skin means you are able to: stare…

Creepy Urban Legends From Around The USA

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA ANDERSON VIA LISTVERSE Admit it, you still get a chill when you think back to the urban legends of your youth. Every child hears the stories: masked maniacs, ghosts, alien abductions. And they all must be true, because they totally happened to a friend of a friend’s cousin’s girlfriend. Why would you…

Leaping Into The Unknown

When writers who are just starting out ask me when it gets easier, my answer is never. It never gets easier. I don’t want to scare them, so I rarely say more than that, but the truth is that, if anything, it gets harder. The writing life isn’t just filled with predictable uncertainties but with…

Vengeful Ghosts In Folklore And Mythology

ARTICLE BY MICHAEL VAN DUISEN VIA LISTVERSE People often refer to ghosts as the dead who have unfinished business here on Earth. However, not all of that business is good, and there are stories from every culture of ghosts who seem to want nothing other than revenge against the living, usually for no reason other…

The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

ARTICLE BY MARIA POPOVA VIA BRAIN PICKINGS Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (public library) — the more dimensional and thoroughly researched counterpart to Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals — Brooklyn-based writer Celia…