Writing tip #6 Show. Don’t tell

Richard ArthurWriting

  This is the latest article from Neil on writing. If you want to create compelling, unputdownable writing. And feel fulfilled by the process, read on below: Have ever noticed how painstaking it can be to get through a single page of a textbook or scientific study? But you can fly through entire chapters of a novel without thinking twice about … Read More

Writing tip #5 TK

Richard ArthurWriting

This is the latest article from Neil on writing. If you want to create compelling, unputdownable writing. And feel fulfilled by the process, read on below: No, that’s not a typo. It might be your new secret weapon… Last time, we covered one of three practical tips to support your creative process: Having a sacred space. These next two will … Read More

The Year in Top Fiction Recommendations

Neil StraussBooks, Neil

On New Year’s Day, 2016, I looked at my bookshelf and thought it was time to read the stack of books that was piling up, most of them top fiction recommendations from others. It was time to re-enter the world that had inspired me to write in the first place: The intersection of imagination, craft, and storytelling. So I committed to emptying … Read More

The Top Game Books

Neil StraussNeil, The Game

Still out on the road doing research for the next book, but I took some time off to prepare an important list for those of you on your own Game-related self-improvement journey. Many people who’ve read The Game want to know what books influenced me as I was learning. And I’ve often recommended some of the following books. For those … Read More

Book of the Week: The Painted Bird

Neil StraussThe Loop

I get a lot of emails from people who don’t read fiction asking for recommendations of good fiction books to read. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to start recommending a few great fiction books that are impossible to put down. Starting with The Painted Bird. The Painted Bird is a dark book about the violence of human beings, … Read More

Why You Should Read Fiction

Neil StraussNeil

I realized this when my agent told me he represented a book that had been nominated for the National Book Award. Despite its critical acclaim, it had sold, he said, only two thousand copies. Afterward, I was talking to my publicist at HarperCollins. And she was discussing how it was nearly impossible for a first-time novelist to get significant press. … Read More