The Most Beautiful Book Covers Ever

When browsing for books in a bookstore (if you’re old school like me) or on the web, the cover is the first thing you see, and a beautifully designed cover can convince you to give it a chance.

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Showcase: Ancient Roman Art

Those who know me personally know that I am obsessed with Ancient Rome. So, yeah, here’s a showcase of some of the best Romans could do with what they had at the time. In terms of art.

As they say, when in Rome…

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The Strange Writing Habits of Famous Authors

People often believe that writing is all about inspiration, which is a sort of esoteric mambo jumbo. Some writers went as far as to develop strange habits, rituals almost, as if to persuade the muse.

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How to Be a Good Artist

“To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.” – Jasper Johns

When I was seventeen years old, I kind of figured that I was better at writing than those around me. Had won a few competitions, and all my teachers were impressed by what I could write.

I wanted to be good. I wanted to be the best. I had the type of goals that one cannot utter out loud for fear of being locked away in a mental institution.

I liked to impress people, and then I would also impress myself.

I’d write short stories the day before a deadline. Soon, I became complacent. I thought that I was so good that I just had to stroll my fingers across a keyboard and magic would appear on my computer screen. Continue reading How to Be a Good Artist

TMM: The Quest for Innovation

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At one point or another every creative person must feel that everything has been done before. Everything worth writing, worth painting, worth saying. That we can’t possibly capture the essence of life without being copies of someone else.

This is an universal urge, in a way. We feel that we need to step outside certain boundaries, that we have to forget about the rules in order to innovate. We want to be original, to create something new. We want to create a big enough change in the world that’s going to last forever.

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Showcase: Tullio Pericoli

Tullio Pericoli was born in Colli del Tronto, near Ascoli Piceno, in 1936. The artist has created hundreds of portraits of famous writers. He also did work with Italian newspapers such as Corriere della seraL’Espresso, or Repubblica.

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5 Simple Steps To Drastically Improve Your Writing

If you’ve always wanted to share your thoughts and ideas and stories with the world, then surely you’ve asked yourself this simple questions: How do I become a better writer?

Well, even though it takes years and years of practice, following these five simple steps will drastically improve your writing. Continue reading 5 Simple Steps To Drastically Improve Your Writing