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I'm MARS Showrunner Dee Johnson, and This Is How I Work I'm MARS Showrunner Dee Johnson, and This Is How I Work

Dee Johnson will take you to Mars before Elon Musk even launches his next car out of the atmosphere. Johnson has run shows like The Good Wife and Nashville, worked on shows such as ER and Melrose Place, and now she’s showrunner on season 2 of MARS, National Geographic’s hybrid scripted/documentary series on the big…

How to Nail NaNoWriMo This Month How to Nail NaNoWriMo This Month

Are you embarking on a one-month quest to write the first draft of that novel you’ve been dreaming of? Or perhaps you just want to feed off the energy of the 400,000 people who are. Here are our top tips for aspiring novelists.

How to Find the Perfect Time to Write How to Find the Perfect Time to Write

If you dream of becoming a writer, you have to eventually sit down and write. Whether you’re doing National Novel Writing Month in November, or you dream of being a writer “someday,” the first inescapable step is making the time to do it. Here’s a 15-minute exercise toward that end that you can do today.

Make Your Term Paper Look 10% Longer With This Font Make Your Term Paper Look 10% Longer With This Font

Listen to me, a professional writer: School and college teach you bad writing habits. One of those bad habits is padding out your work to reach a minimum page count. Anything you do to “cheat” at your page count, by making less text look like more, is an act of noble rebellion. And the new font Times Newer Roman is an…

Find New Inspiration for Your Half-Finished Paper With This Tool Find New Inspiration for Your Half-Finished Paper With This Tool

Have you ever felt stuck when you have something half written? Maybe it’s a school paper, or a short story, or... an article about life hacks. A tool called JSTOR Analyzer can read your draft and suggest new things for you to read, making it a genius way to procrastinate.

Read Research Papers Trapped Behind a Paywall With This Chrome Extension Read Research Papers Trapped Behind a Paywall With This Chrome Extension

About half the time I go to look at a piece of research I read about in a news article, the actual research is trapped behind a paywall.

How to Be a Successful Artist, With Gilmore Girl's Keiko Agena and Author Ottessa Moshfegh How to Be a Successful Artist, With Gilmore Girl's Keiko Agena and Author Ottessa Moshfegh

The Upgrade has returned from summer vacation with a new format, new segments, and a ton of new hacks. Joining us in this episode are author Ottessa Moshfegh, author of Eileen and the new My Year of Rest and Relaxation, along with author and actress Keiko Agena (best known for her role as Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls),…

Automatically Create Website Citations For a Bibliography With This Chrome Extension Automatically Create Website Citations For a Bibliography With This Chrome Extension

When I was in college, my least favorite part of writing research papers was figuring out how to write the bibliography. Citing sources is tedious and can get confusing if you have to work in a handful of different styles. This week I came across a Chrome extension that I wish I had in college that handles the heavy…

I'm Writer Laura June, and This Is How I Parent  I'm Writer Laura June, and This Is How I Parent 

In her new memoir Now My Heart Is Full, Laura June writes about how becoming a parent has helped her make peace with the memory of her own mother, her mother’s alcoholism and their difficult relationship. Here, she talks about life with her daughter Zelda, from her belief that babies sometimes need to be left alone…

Kickstart Your Journaling With a Year's Worth of Daily Writing Prompts Kickstart Your Journaling With a Year's Worth of Daily Writing Prompts

Journaling can be a therapeutic practice, or a way to get your creative juices flowing, especially when you make it a daily habit. But sometimes you just don’t have that much to say, which is why these daily prompts are so useful.

How to Make Time to Write When You ‘Have No Time’ How to Make Time to Write When You ‘Have No Time’

This week we have a guy who desperately wants to escape his soulless career and become a writer, but he’s too busy to write. Should he leave his job so he can finally find the time to put pen to paper? Or will he realize that it’s possible to make time for his passion if he’s willing to dig deep?

Always Do a Test Run of That Fancy New Writing App Always Do a Test Run of That Fancy New Writing App

So you have a new writing app you’re dying to try, eh? Well, before you sit down to take on that big writing project, consider giving that app a solid test run so you can learn all the ins and outs first.

The Lifehacker Staff's Very Correct Pen Opinions The Lifehacker Staff's Very Correct Pen Opinions

After news broke that scandal-prone Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, purchased $1,560 worth of pens on the taxpayer’s dime, it got us thinking: What’s the best pen? (He bought personalized journals too, but that’s a topic for another day.)

How to Break Into TV Comedy, With Simpsons and Letterman Writer Nell Scovell How to Break Into TV Comedy, With Simpsons and Letterman Writer Nell Scovell

Nell Scovell is a comedy writer and the author of Just the Funny Parts: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boy’s Club. Nell’s written for The Simpsons, Newhart, The Late Show with David Letterman, and a ton of other shows. We talk to Nell about how she excels as a woman in a field that’s so…

Use a Placeholder in Your Writing to Keep From Getting Stuck Use a Placeholder in Your Writing to Keep From Getting Stuck

Sometimes the hardest part about writing isn’t finding ideas or knowing how to begin, it’s maintaining a flow so you actually finish what you started. It’s not quite total writer’s block since you’re already on the move, but a writer’s road block, if you will. This trick that Star Trek: The Next Generation staff…

Now’s Your Chance to Write a Simpsons Episode Now’s Your Chance to Write a Simpsons Episode

In the fallout of comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem With Apu, and the weirdly defensive response from The Simpsons, producer Adi Shankar wants to make a woke Simpsons episode about Apu. To get the script, he’s running a screenwriting contest. If you agree with Shankar and Kondabolu that Apu is a gross…

How to Break Through a Creative Block How to Break Through a Creative Block

Whether you like to draw, paint, write, choreograph, or play music, you’re probably familiar with the creative block, where you just can’t seem to do anything despite your motivation. To escape that rut, try doing what you do best, only terribly.

Jump-Start Your Creativity With #The100DayProject Jump-Start Your Creativity With #The100DayProject

If you made a simple creative action every day, what would you have at the end of 100 days? April 3 starts #The100DayProject, which invites you to answer that question for yourself. Past participants have done 100 days of collages, pompoms, illustrated quotes and dancing in public.

We're Reductress Founders Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, and This Is How We Work We're Reductress Founders Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, and This Is How We Work

Very, very few sites can make a name for themselves in the “funny fake news” format. There’s basically the Onion, and Reductress. Today we’re talking to the one with the tagline “Women’s News. Feminized.” Recent headlines include “How To Stay Calm Even Though Everyone Missed What You Just Said and It Was Really Good,”…

Why You Should Write for Free Why You Should Write for Free

If you want to write for a living, you should write for free. Hell, if you already do write for a living, you should write for free. And that free writing should be some of your best work.

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