Many of us doubt ourselves or believe that what we’ve accomplished is overrated or our accolades unwarranted. I know for myself, a lot of things that I’ve done in my life aren’t special. They don’t feel that way to me, while maybe if I were to share those things, people would disagree with that assessment. Elizabeth Cox touches on this in her Ted-Ed talk about … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome
Superstitions. Myths. Urban Legends. Life is full of them. How did they come to be? Check out this Ted-Ed video from Stuart Vyse about where superstitions come from. As fiction writers how do we use these ideas to build credible superstitions, myths, etc into our narratives, especially since it is so ingrained in our cultures and would thus probably be a part of whatever fictional … Continue reading Myth building and Superstitions
Noah Zandan brings us an interesting video on the language of lying. This can be helpful not only to spot a liar, but – for writers – to create complex characters that lie in ways that feel genuine. Continue reading The language of lying
In this story from Einav Zamir Dembin, we see the intersections of history, literature, and archaeology. Did Troy really exist? Continue reading Did ancient Troy really exist?
As a writer – especially for fiction – I sometimes wonder if an explanation of a person’s nonverbal cues will be universal to everyone. This fascinating Ted-Ed talk from Sophie Zadeh studies this very subject. Continue reading Are there universal expressions of emotion?
Mental health can be a real drain. As someone who has suffered from depression and currently taking medication for anxiety, it can make every day like walking through thick mud. But understanding depression is the first step of the battle to combat it. Continue reading “What is Depression?”
Thank ya, Ted-Ed! It’s cool to think about where words come from, how we make them, how we repurpose old words. Continue reading Where do new words come from?