10 Reasons Why You Should Read An Young Adult Novel

The young adult genre is not only about vampires, warewolves, or some other strange creatures. Sometimes, you get to read novels like Looking for Alaska, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Novels that are centered around the theme of growing up, about what it truly means to be a teenager, to make friends, to try to fit in or stand out.

 

This post is sort of a two in one special, meaning that, well, you’ll see.

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

So, ten reasons why you should be reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Should Read An Young Adult Novel

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Is Facebook Essential to An Author’s Career?

Whether some people like it or not, Facebook is the world’s largest social network, which in turn means that it’s the most used app, the thing that people use more often in order to get in touch with friends and family, to discuss ideas, and to find new means of entertainment.

But what about writers? Can an author build an effective platform on Facebook? Is that important? And does having a certain number of likes amount to sales?

Well… Continue reading Is Facebook Essential to An Author’s Career?

TMM: For The Love of Art

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”Ray Bradbury

Artists are artists because they want to create beauty. It’s as simple as that. This creative urge, the decision to spend precious time writing, painting, dancing, singing, it is nothing more than our desire to leave something behind. A trace. Proof that, indeed, we were here. We were alive. We did not live in vain. Continue reading TMM: For The Love of Art

Book Review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Palahniuk managed to amaze me with this novel. I’ve read it in a single night, as most of his other books, but this one was shockingly good, more than his usual standard. He increases the intensity of the novel with such finesse that when you reach the end, it feels as if you’ve gotten out of a roller coaster ride(no way of avoiding a terrible cliche here.) Continue reading Book Review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Facts about George Orwell

George Orwell. English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. A master of allegory, of being outspoken about issues such as social injustice, totalitarianism, and the importance of defending democratic principles.

Here are some interesting facts about the author of 1984. Continue reading Facts about George Orwell

Good/Bad Writing

“When talented people write badly, it’s generally for one of two reasons: Either they’re blinded by an idea they feel compelled to prove or they’re driven by an emotion they must express.

When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: They’re moved by a desire to touch the audience.” 

 Robert McKee

To paraphrase Stephen King, we writers are notoriously bad at understanding our own craft. We have absolutely no idea why some days we write shit, while others we write brilliant first drafts. All we know is to sit at our desks and do our thing.

But I do have to agree with the fact that, even though writing is the most lonely of human experiences, its sole purpose is to make someone else feel less lonely.

Think about it. Continue reading Good/Bad Writing