It’s hard to say, actually, but it’s safe to say that books, in a modern, modern age, are about as useful as an old-fashioned paperclip, and if you’re reading them in a public library, you’re doing it wrong.
In fact, it might be the most important thing you ever do.
“The best fiction that has been written has been done in a very short space of time,” said Peter Hall, author of The New Rules of Fiction: How to Write Great Fiction and the Book of Lies.
“There are books that are over three hundred years old and are in libraries across the world.
It’s really, really hard to get a sense of the best books of the 20th century.
But the reason it’s hard is because you can’t find a way to find that great book and you can only find books that have aged in that space of five, ten, twenty years.”
There’s an argument to be made that the best novels of the modern era are the works that are not written by someone who has just been born.
There’s the case of The Corrections, which was published in 1953 and was the first book to be nominated for a Hugo Award.
Or the case, perhaps, of The Mirror of Erich Fromm, whose first novel, The Name of the Rose, won the Prix Goncourt in 1955 and was published the following year.
There are others.
The most famous of these is The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.
And it’s not just Salinger that’s the best.
A number of writers have also been very good at finding their voice.
One of the things that separates the best novelists of the 21st century from the rest of us is that they have a knack for telling stories that are more interesting than just a quick summary of the plot, with a few bits of information that can be pulled out and put in the middle of the story.
That’s where the writing comes in.
There is a huge, vast literature of great fiction that we know nothing about, and a lot of that literature has been made by people who have spent years sitting down and writing and reading, or who have been studying and writing for years.
There isn’t just one way to write great fiction.
“People just like the way they do it,” said David Foster Wallace, author and critic of Infinite Jest.
“It’s just their way of telling a story.”
You can do better than that.
The problem is that, unlike fiction, you can never write it down and be done with it.
There can be no way to go back and say, ‘Well, that was just a boring piece of work and I’m done with this,’ because it’s never done.
The first time you start thinking of writing something, you have to decide whether you want to write it or not.
And the decision is always difficult.
You can’t just think, ‘I’m going to do it.’
It has to be done.
You have to try it.
And then you have the pressure of having to make the best version of yourself.
It may be the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but once you’ve done it, it’s a wonderful feeling.
But that’s not the only challenge you’ll have.
You’ve got to be brave enough to let go of what you’ve been doing for the last 30 years, or 60, or 90 years, and just start writing, without fear of rejection.
It is a tough process, but the reward is immense.
“I think it’s really important for writers to have an idea of what they want to do,” said Hall.
“To know what they’re looking for, and to know how to tell it well.
But also to think, If I’ve done something good, and people think it was really good, why haven’t they liked it?
The key is to be open to what people think.
And to try things out.
There may be a little bit of a lull here and there, and I think that’s part of the process.
You know, when you go to a festival and you don’t know what you’re going to have, you don, you know, look around and think, Well, maybe it’s just that I’m going through a period of time where I don’t like doing this thing.
But then you’re on a festival circuit and there’s no festival.
It means you’re still doing something.
And that’s really hard.”
It’s also a difficult thing to do.
The pressure is high.
The rewards are vast.
The world is full of great writers.
But they all seem to struggle with what they write.
And for some of them, that’s a struggle to accept.
So what can you do to make sure you’re the best?
One way is to put your ideas into words.
And there’s a book called The Art of Writing.
It has a chapter on writing. You