26 key takeaways from the author of The Handmaid’s Tale

  1. Don’t just “express yourself”. Because that’s probably just your ego shouting. Instead, aim to conjure up some curiosity, suspense, and interest for the reader.
  2. To be a writer, read more. When Margaret was a child, her family lived in the…


25 key takeaways from the author of American Gods and Coraline

  1. Story isn’t about the facts, it’s about the message. In Little Red Riding Hood, we know that the facts aren’t real. Wolves can’t talk, and a little girl can’t possibly mistake a wolf for her grandma, even if the…


17 key takeaways from the screenwriter of The Social Network

  1. Intention and obstacle are the driveshaft of drama. These two things are crucial to writing drama. Without them, it’s journalism. It should be clear right away who wants what, why they want it, why it’s important, and what’s stopping them…


12 key takeaways from the author of The Joy Luck Club

  1. Remember a time when you thought you were going to die. That’s not what you’re going to write about. Remember another time when you thought you were going to die. Don’t write about that either. Think harder again, and…


22 key takeaways from the playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross

  1. Drama is a form of myth. Myth is a poetic statement of an unverifiable reality. It’s not false but merely unverifiable. It’s a language that is ideological and works by seduction.
  2. Drama defines the clan. There’s nothing that coalesces people…


15 key takeaways from one of the world’s highest paid authors

  1. Always write an outline first. Make each chapter a scene. Give each scene a purpose. End each scene with something that propels the reader into the next. Write in short rapid fire sentences. Just get the story down first…


12 key takeaways from the author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

  1. Writing can be a method of self-expression that also contributes meaningfully to the political conversation. Roxane has been inspirational to many on the topics of race and gender equality through her essays, short stories, memoir, and novel. She is…


34 key takeaways from the author of The Da Vinci Code and Lost Symbols

  1. When you write a book, you’re actually writing a million books. Each person who reads your book will read it differently and imagine different things. Your job as a writer is to create the framework, the…


18 key takeaways from the creator of Sims

  1. Games give us the opportunity to see the world through different perspectives. All of us are set in our own little world view. We think we see the big picture, but we really only see a little slice of it surrounding our…


15 key takeaways on innovative and experimental graphic design

  1. Rules are made to be broken. David didn’t have formal training in graphic design when he started, he was a sociology teacher. He pivoted his knowledge of how humans communicate from his previous career into this new field, and developed his…

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