Hall of Fame: The 5 Most Popular Posts

There are 567 articles on this site. Some have been read by thousands of people, others not so much. Some received tens of comments and shares, others have been ignored.

Below are what you, the readers, have considered to be the “greatest hits,” the articles that have been the most popular, the most shared, or influenced you the most.

1. What really sells a book?

Some might say the trickiest part is actually selling the book. Or writing it? Opinions differ. But what really sells a book? What marketing tool? What recipe to follow? Is there a recipe?

Well, let’s analyze one of my favorite novels, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, and hope that I’ll be able to offer some insight as to how people decide to buy a book.

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2. Kurt Vonnegut’s eight rules for writing a short story

Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most influential writers of this century, passed down a simple list of rules for writing a short story, though I think they can be applied to longer narratives as well.

He did say that Flannery O’Connor broke all his rules except the first and that great writers tend to do that, but I believe his famous eight rules can provide a skeleton to writing fiction.

And I think that this is what’s really important in art. A foundation. Simply by reading or following rules, or by taking creative writing courses, but it’s also crucial for the artist to make his own decisions. The moment rules start feeling like a cage, you should escape. It’s like strolling through a garden and picking the flowers you like. If you absorb too much or if you simply follow rules (someone else is choosing what flowers you should pick), you’ll never develop a style of your own.

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3. Showcase and Interview: Gina Iacob

Gina Iacob is a twenty five year old self-taught Romanian artist, who likes to experiment with different techniques and styles. She’s also interesting, interested, inspiring, inspired, and quite funny. Don’t believe me? Check this interview out.

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4. 5 reasons Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller

Neil Gaiman is one of the most impressive contemporary writers. Why? Because he did all he wanted to do? He wrote a bunch of fantastic novels, comics, even scripts. He is the mastermind behind one of the most amazing novels ever written, American Gods. Even the TV Show is great.

Here are five reasons Neil Gaiman is a master writer.

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5. 5 Simple Steps To Drastically Improve Your Writing

If you’ve always wanted to share your thoughts and ideas and stories with the world, then surely you’ve asked yourself this simple questions: How do I become a better writer?

Well, even though it takes years and years of practice, following these five simple steps will drastically improve your writing.

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