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Which MasterClass Courses Should Writers Take?

I’m a huge fan of MasterClass. You’ve probably heard of it: it’s a library of online classes taught by the best people in their fields (like Serena Williams for tennis, Steph Curry for basketball, and Steve Martin for comedy). And right now, MasterClass is holding a pretty incredible sale: get one annual membership for $180,

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The Best Books Ever Written in Each Genre

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King We agree with Stephen King on this one. The best way to learn about great writing is to read great books. Writers need to read differently from other people. They can’t just

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Michael Port on the Roles We Play

How do you respond to something like a pandemic? A crisis when the whole world goes upside down. What role is being required of you when you feel like the thing that you offer the world isn’t even needed? In this week’s episode of The Portfolio Life, I interview my longtime friend and mentor, Michael

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You CAN Love Your Hateful Antagonist

by Ellen Buikema The antagonist is a character that many readers love and many writers hate. In fact, one of my author friends told me that writing her antagonist was a painful experience. “It was a really hard book to write. I had nightmares when I was writing about this character. It was one of

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Will This Help You Master Screenwriting?

I’m always looking for new opportunities to improve my writing. As an author and businessman, learning and improving the tools that keep me in business are a high priority on my daily list of to-dos. After all, if you’re not growing, you’re stagnating. And no one can afford to be stagnant in the business of

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