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How to Use an Em Dash, According to Cormac McCarthy

Novelist Cormac McCarthy has spent twenty years editing what feels like the opposite of a novel: scientific papers by faculty members and postdocs at the Santa Fe Institute. Some of the scientists he worked with have paraphrased and compiled McCarthy’s best writing advice. It applies to all kinds of writing, from…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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I’m Author Sarah Pinsker, and This Is How I Work

There are many Sarah Pinskers from many alternate universes. They’ve gathered for SarahCon, a convention held by scientist Sarah Pinsker. And one of the Sarahs has murdered another. That’s the premise of “And Then There Were (N-One),” the first story I read by the real Sarah Pinsker, author of science fiction,…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How and Why to Start Journaling

Some of the most influential people in history kept detailed journals of their lives, including Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison and Frida Kahlo. Those journals served two purposes: a permanent record for posterity and, presumably, a cathartic release for the people writing them.Read more… Continue Reading at

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Google Docs’ New ‘Live Word Count’ Is Weird and Exists

Google has officially rolled out the most useful addition to Docs we’ve seen in years: a word count. Or, to be more specific, a feature that allows you to get the live word count for whatever document you’re working on. It’s a lot more convenient than having to click through menus to see a static […]

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Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders on the Intersection Between Writing About Science and Writing Science Fiction

io9 was founded as a website dedicated to both science journalism and science-fiction and cultural criticism. And although that mission has evolved over the years, that intersection between science and science fiction is something that still drives co-founders Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz’ work as authors.…Read more… Continue Reading at

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I’m Filmmaker Kelsey Taylor, and This Is How I Work

For the 40th anniversary of the first Alien film, 20th Century Fox commissioned six new short films set in the Alien universe. The most popular was Alien: Specimen, directed and produced by Kelsey Taylor. Taylor has also worked on projects for CollegeHumor, 1 Minute Horror, and several of her own short films. We…Read more… Continue […]

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