Grigory Ryzhakov – Russian Writer

50 Shades of grey

The Science of Story-Telling: Eurovision and 50 Shades of Grey

Eurovision 2014 Winner, Conchita Wurst (via Ailura, Wikimedia Commons)

Most of my blog’s audience live outside Europe. So, you wouldn’t necessarily know that Eurovision is the biggest song competition and one of the most popular annual cultural events in Europe. Each year’s a contestant represent their country in Eurovision and the winner’s country hosts next year’s show.… Read the rest

How Can a Book Befriend You?


Some people say that the best way to write a great story is to write a book you’d want to read yourself. Holden Caulfield, the troubled teenager from The Catcher In The Rye, thought about it in his unique way:
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”

Your story needs to be interesting enough to make the reader to want more, it needs to transport the reader into the world he’d like to stay in for longer.… Read the rest