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If you want to write

If You Want to Write is a book I love to go back to.  I like the author, Brenda Ueland, because she genuinely encourages you to write. She doesn’t tell you how to write dialogue, construct a plot or create a character. First published in 1938, the book doesn’t go […]

Joseph Nye and the American century

Is the American Century Over? That is the title is a slim, little monograph by the American political scientist Joseph Nye published in 2015. He agrees with Time magazine founder Henry Luce, who wrote a remarkable essay in 1941 during the Second World War that the 20th century was the […]

The secret of Rhonda Byrne

Why is The Secret such a phenomenal bestseller? Written by the Australian Rhonda Byrne and published in 2006, the book about the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction is still No 1 in the New Thought category on Amazon.com. The New Thought movement originated in America in the 19th […]

Genuine intent and burning desire

You can use the power of your subconscious mind to write better and be a successful writer, says Kelly Stone in her book, Thinking Write. What you need, she says, is genuine intent, repetition, and a burning desire. These are the three things you need to get whatever you want, […]