These 3 Books Will Steal Your Innocence

When I first started reading at the age of fourteen, I kind of lacked a proper selective criteria when it came to books. I read what was popular, when I found a certain title appealing, what my parents kept in their bookshelf. I read certain books because everyone was reading them, because I thought it would make me smarter, a better writer, or a better person. I read books because their covers were beautiful.

And somehow I stumbled upon the kind of books that are not everyone’s cup of tea. They’re rather like a shot of whiskey. Erotic, controversial, the kind of books that you can’t read in public. But you can’t help it, so you must find a quiet place and read. Continue reading These 3 Books Will Steal Your Innocence

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Harsh Writer-on-Writer Insults

It is quite understandable that writers are the kind of people who can get creative when it comes to insulting another person. Given the nature of their job, they are proficient in both swearing and metaphors. But what happens when one of them decides to insult a fellow writer? Well, it just gives us something to smile about. Continue reading Harsh Writer-on-Writer Insults

George Orwell: Why I Write

“From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books. Continue reading George Orwell: Why I Write

Here’s How to Write a Brilliant Sentence

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”― Ernest Hemingway

Average writers write average sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be average.

You want to be great. You believe you can be phenomenal, which means you need to write damn good sentences … without even thinking about it … day in and day out.

Do that and you’ll become unstoppable.

Everything you write … every blog post, every short story, status update, tweet… is formed by a bunch of sentences. If you can write a brilliant sentence, you can write a brilliant short story, even a novel.

Want to learn how? Read on… Continue reading Here’s How to Write a Brilliant Sentence

How to Judge a Book

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By its cover, of course.

Well, not quite…

Strictly speaking, there are no bad books. If just one person genuinely likes your story, just for the story itself, not because that person owes you money, then your book is good. And the difference between books lies in the number of people who like that book. That doesn’t necessarily make bestsellers the best books in the world.

The thing is, there isn’t a best book in the world, there isn’t a greatest writer. No one can give you this title, and no one will ever be unanimously considered to be the best writer ever. Continue reading How to Judge a Book

Frederic Beigbeder: French Literature’s Enfant Terrible

Those of you who do not know who Frederic Beigbeder is, he’s French writer, literary critic and a TV presenter. He created a bunch of awards, was awarded a bunch of awards, wrote some good stuff, wrote some bad stuff, and was once arrested for snorting cocaine off the hood of a car.

He’s become less and less of a rebel, and chose to distance himself from the kind of things that have once made him famous. Continue reading Frederic Beigbeder: French Literature’s Enfant Terrible