Internet Distraction: The Writer’s Main Dilemma


Listen up authors. It's time to play the writers' game of True or False. Ready? Here goes!

1. The Internet and social media are a boon to all writers; your work and name become known to millions of people and you connect daily as a writer worldwide.

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Women Writers About To Make It Big (And Women Writers To Read Now!)

In the wide world of literature, women often still struggle for recognition in a system that rewards privilege and connections. On Thursday, however, diversity in publishing had a moment. Not only did the National Book Awards put out a diverse, vibrant 2015 Fiction longlist, but the Rona Jaffe Foundation presented its 2015 Writers' Awards honoring six emerging women writers. 

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12 Books To Lift Your Spirits When You Need It Most

Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self. 

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Illustration from 'The Adventures of Alice Laselles' of Mrs Duncombe's school for girls. 


Image for use in connection with the Royal Collection Trust publication, 'The Adventures of Alice Laselles, by Alexandrina Victoria aged 10 and 3/4'. Images must not be archived or sold-on.
Credit line: Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

The Hottest New Children Book Was Written Almost 200 Years Ago

A young girl with blonde ringlets and a ribboned dress bitterly embraces her father, begging him not to leave her alone at bedtime. "Dear Alice," he consoles her, "it is necessary for you to go my love, so go to bed my dear, and be ready for me tomorrow morning."

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5 Must-Read Books For Summer (Global List!)

Written by Ann Morgan

A few years ago, I made a shock discovery: Although I thought of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan, cultured person, my bookshelves told a rather different story about me. Pretty much everything on them was by British and North American writers and there was almost nothing in translation.

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Fictionally Breaking Historical Stereotypes: 6 Heroines To Get To Know

By Anna Freeman

The Fair Fight was inspired by the real-life bare-knuckle boxer, Elizabeth Stokes, who lived and fought in London in the early 1700s. When I found out that she'd existed I knew I wanted to write about the low, blood-spattered world she lived in. I had a very vivid picture of her, sitting and soaking her knuckles in brine to harden the skin, feeling her bruises and loose teeth, while elsewhere other women were worrying about what to wear to the next ball.

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New Library Model For Digital Age

A New Model For Libraries

From Huffington Post, By Chris Barnes

Public libraries can often go underappreciated in the days of Netflix, Spotify and Kindle. But that doesn't mean they should go unnoticed. As many public libraries grapple with how to stay relevant in the digital age, a few are standing out for their unique offerings that provide their community with much more than books. Check them out:

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Resolving To Read More In 2015? Here’s How…

From Huffington Post, By Sara Nelson

Just in case you're short of resolutions to make this year, let me add one more to the chorus. Vow to read more in 2015! As a person who reads a couple hundred books a year and probably needs to read a few more (It's my job! Poor me!), I'm often asked by friends and acquaintances what to read – and how to find the time to read it. Here, then, are some of my rules for the read:

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