“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
“All art is quite useless.” – Oscar Wilde.
In a way, I agree with this statement, and I believe it to be an important element of creating and/or consuming art. We’re talking about a multi-billion dollar industry, yet art doesn’t nourish our bodies, doesn’t heal us when we’re sick (physically.) It does nothing to better the quality of our lives in any tangible way. Continue reading The Duality of Art
Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically-inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. His work features mathematical objects and operations including impossible objects, explorations of infinity, reflection, symmetry, perspective, truncated and stellated polyhedra, hyperbolic geometry, and tessellations. Continue reading Showcase: M.C. Escher
Writing is a simple process, only people make it seem terrifying.
Continue reading The First Draft
Sometimes when I tell people I’m a writer they ask me about my process – how do I write. I find it to be a pretty funny question, and I often tell them that all I do is sit at my computer and type. Like I’m doing just now.
It might sound like me being arrogant, but it’s not. I don’t outline, I don’t make plans. I just write.
It all starts with a vision… can I call it that? An image, a sound, a conversation. A whisper. And that becomes a scene, and I replay it in my head, over and over again, always adding more, until I have something. It’s just a glimpse of something or a glimpse of nothing… only time will tell. Continue reading The Creative Process
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
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