Writing Trivia

The 15 Top-Earning Authors – 2012

Forbes released their annual list of the world’s highest earning authors on 10 August 2012. Men still top the list of the world’s highest-earning authors, but this year it’s the women on the list who’ve been making the boldest moves. Here are the Top 15.…

Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules

 Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. Trying for theme is important,…

J. R. R. Tolkien’s response to the Nazis

J. R. R. Tolkien’s response to the Nazis In 1938, some months after the initial publication of The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien and his British publisher, Stanley Unwin, opened talks with Rütten & Loening, a Berlin-based publishing house who were keen to translate the novel for the German market. All…

Top 10 Best-Selling Fiction Authors of All Time

Please Note: This list was taken from The Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. Top 10 Best-Selling Fiction Authors of All Time 10. J.K Rowling - 400 million copies 9. Leo Tolstoy - 413 Million copies 8. Gilbert Pattern (William George Gilbert Pattern) -…

Don Draper’s Reading List (Mad Men)

Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O’Hara Odds Against by Dick Francis The Berlitz Self-Teacher: French The Chrysanthemum and the Sword by Ruth Benedict Exodus by Leon Uris The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe The Fixer by Bernard Malamud The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré…

Matilda Wormwood’s Reading List (Matilda)

After reading The Secret Garden and Great Expectations, Roald Dahl writes, “Over the next six months, under Mrs. Phelps watchful and compassionate eye, Matilda read the following books:” Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen…

10 Things Holden Caulfield Hates About Everyone

Holden Caulfield from J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is the embodiment of disaffected youth in literature. Here are 10 quotes that show how much he hates everyone. 1. Bros “He was one of those guys that think they’re being a pansy if they don’t break around…

Alexander McCall Smith: Block That Adjective!

by Alexander McCall Smith My bête noire—and there is nothing wrong with using the occasional French expression, although one does not want to sound too much like a menu—is overwriting. Something is overwritten when there is just too much of it. This may be because…
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