Seven Podcasts to Inspire Your Writing

If you’re anything like me, you are a sponge when it comes to media and information. Podcasts are a great way to gain some great tidbits of knowledge and insight in a digestible manner. And while some people only use podcasts for entertainment, they are also a great source of inspiration. Podcasts can become a springboard for a host of ideas. They can help rejuvenate a stale idea or beef up a particular prompt. Or they can offer dialogue too enticing not to explore deeper in the written word. Whatever your podcast fancy might be, here are seven podcasts to inspire your writing.

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Five Books You Were Supposed to Read In High School

High school is a time of exploration. Because of this, some high school students will throw themselves into sports, hobbies, work, or each other. And because they become preoccupied with focuses outside the classroom, they often miss out on some lessons. They will forget (or choose not) to complete their required readings for English class. You might be one of them, and that’s okay. Just because you didn’t read these classics in high school doesn’t mean it’s too late to read them today. But as we all know, not everything you learned in school is actually worthwhile (looking at you calculus). So here are five books that you were probably supposed to read in high school. And even if you didn’t then, you should strongly consider reading them now.

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The Five Most Beautiful Public Libraries

The United States  is home to more than a 100 thousand libraries. While a majority of those buildings are academic libraries, the United States still has some superb public offerings. Even though the real beauty lies in their knowledge held within their walls, some public libraries are gorgeous. They are too stunning in appearance to go unnoticed. There are many beautiful public libraries in the country, but some have aesthetics that are legendary. The following five public libraries transcend their function of public learning and also serve as works of art.

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Six Surprising Former Jobs of Famous Authors

Many creatives have dreams of quitting their day job to follow their passions. However, the reality for most of us is that dreams don’t pay bills. And the even harsher reality is that many people are forced to grind away at boring or tedious jobs. At least until they hone their craft enough for a breakthrough. Some make it, and some don’t. But, lucky for us, these famous authors finally did make it. They didn’t let their early career failures get in the way of their writing. And now we have their works to enjoy today. Some of them even incorporating aspects of their failed jobs into their work.

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Five Books You (Probably) Read in High School and Still Suck

High school was probably a time that you are looking to forget. And, if you’re like a lot of Americans, it’s possible that you dreaded your high school English classes. Not only because they were boring and tedious, but because of the literary classics you had to read. And whether you read them or not, I’m here to offer five books that you (probably) read in high school that still suck. Rest assured, it wasn’t just your high school perspective that made them awful — they are still awful today too.

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Eight Things Every Reader Should Do

Around the start of the new calendar year, many people make promises to themselves. But, as many of us know, the best laid plans don’t often go according to, well, plan. But it’s never too early or too late to improve something you (hopefully) already do: read. Here, I offer eight things that every reader should do to improve their reading. By following a few of these steps you can enrich your reading experience. You’ll strengthen your relationships and gain a wider perspective of your world.

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Five Famous Authors Who Went From Rags to Riches

The life of an artist is one of high-risk but high-reward. Writers often compromise their careers, relationships, and health in pursuit of their writing. This is all done in the hope that they can make it big one day. Many authors hope that all their sacrifice will pay off in the form of fortune and fame. Others only want to be able to put food on the table for their family while working at the job they love: writing.

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Four Obscure Texts Actually Worth Caring About

Most books are meant to entertain, enlighten, and provoke solutions. Solutions to some of life’s most troubling concerns. But not all books are meant to be answers. In fact, there are a few obscure and mysterious texts that will leave you puzzled. They incite more questions than you realized you had before even starting. These books are written in dead languages, undecipherable codes, and under shrouded circumstances. And while there are dozens in existence of this nature, here are four books that you should actually pay attention to. They will titillate your idea of narrative, while providing inspiration for crafting your own mysteries.

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Five Famous Authors Who Never Struck It Rich

The stereotype of a starving artist exists for a reason. Unfortunately, some artists are born well before the world is ready for them. Or they are simply living in the wrong place at the wrong time. History is littered with nobodies toiling away in the hopes of becoming somebody. And while some people make a name for themselves, fortune doesn’t always follow fame.

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