I admire clear succinct prose, like Hemingway’s. And I also like beautiful style of Oscar Wilde, where every word matters even though the language is poetic and can be quite elaborate at times. Both writers couldn’t be more different but one thing they have in common is clarity.… Read the rest
Friends and new acquaintances often ask me questions like – why do I write, how does one write a novel, where to start, how does one publish a book… Instead of rambling for hours in attempt to answer these I normally re-direct them to specific best books in the business covering these questions (I’ll mention them below). … Read the rest
Every day we are bombarded by information on social media about new fiction; top lists almost exclusively contain recent books. As much as we need to be in the zeitgeist of the literary world as writers and readers, we need to remember about our bases and origins.… Read the rest
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
I think I overdosed you lately with existential topics. What did you expect? We had the worst April and most of May weather in English history (N.B., subject to mild exaggeration).
Now the sun is up and Grisha (yep, that’s me) is ready 4 fun and frolics.… Read the rest