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10 Things Created Over a Couple of Beers

After a few beers at the bar, even the most ridiculous ideas start to seem like The One That Will Make Millions. Sometimes, though, those ideas actually pan out. Here are a few reasons to take your next tipsy brainstorming session a little more seriously. 1. Southwest Airlines Getty Images In 1966, lawyer Herb Kelleher’s client, Rollin King, [...]

J.K. Rowling’s Plot Spreadsheet

(Click to enlarge.) When you’re writing a book (actually, a series of books) with a bunch of plot lines, you need a way to keep track of what’s going on. How can you structure the book so that everything fits, and moves, and you don’t leave out any of those zillions of characters and subplots? How [...]