How to learn to write books

Six months ago there was published the article which I was outraged. In the comments I promised I would write his version. On the other hand I didn’t want to do that, it would logical questions: “do you actually who is this?”. I don’t like to subscribe in Internet posts, I have spoiled the view of many writers after reading their blog. Read the book, thinking, “Cool dude!”, read the blog post, an opinion is changing, “What an asshole?”. This difference arises from the fact that the book is one of post-processing, edited many times.

This article was reprinted several times, in this version, I think that it turned out to be the most balanced. The article is quite suitable for habrahabr, as from the people of the technical direction was many famous works. And some of you will want to write my story.

The article is rather a collection of useful tips, than the complete guide to action.

Two types of readers

You wrote a short story and want to show it to the public. It is very important to know about the two types of readers. (These types lot, but relatively speaking – two). Reading their comments, you should understand what type you hit. Continue reading

Restoration of book pages

Worldwide, there are hundreds of billions or even trillions of books of various genres, directions and series. This can be classics, detectives, science fiction and fantasy. However, the conversation was going on what to do if over time the book pages are worn, yellow and destroyed over time.

Initially it is necessary to evaluate the book leaves, for it is not in a hurry you should review each individual page, note there oily and stubborn stains, color of the page, because quite often it happens that page, turn yellow under the influence of direct solar beams. If the page have the ink spots, print it by twenty percent hydrogen peroxide, but for the beginning it is necessary to put under the page absorbing material, such as blotter paper, and only then gently apply a peroxide. Top portrait sheet processed hydrogen peroxide, also laid blotting paper, then close the book and put it additional weight. It is also worth noting that in this way you can display the spot only in those places where there is no text because hydrogen peroxide tends to dissolve and typographic typefaces, so be careful.

Rather acute problem of removing rust stains on the book leaves. So it turns out that if the book was in a damp location, close to metal objects. The problem of this kind can be solved if gently wet rust sulfur alkali small concentrations, and after processing oxalic or formic acid. Continue reading

Interesting facts about authors

Russian poets and writers came up with a lot of new words: substance, thermometer (Lomonosov), industry (Karamzin), botch (Saltykov-Shchedrin), to take a (Dostoevsky), incompetent (Nord), tired physically (Khlebnikov).

Interesting facts about the writers.

Pushkin more than 70 epigraphs, Gogol – not less than 20, almost as much Turgenev.

Korney Chukovsky actually called Nikolai Vasilyevich Korneychukov.

Voltaire made fun of the Duke of Rohan for his arrogance. The Duke ordered his servants to beat Voltaire that was done. Voltaire caused the Duke to a duel, but the Duke refused, as Voltaire was not a nobleman.

Starting to work on a new piece, Balzac was locked in the room for one or two months, and firmly closed the shutters, that they did not penetrate the light. He wrote candlelight, dressed in a Bathrobe, 18 hours daily.

Mark TWAIN was born in 1835, when the vicinity of Earth flew Halley’s comet. He predicted that he would die during her next appearance. So, in 1910. Continue reading

Strange tales.

From childhood we know, the ball is round and the Gray wolf wanted to eat little Red riding Hood. However, the authors of fairy tales a lot of things concealed from the public. Some secret and not very facts about tales listed in this article.

The brothers Grimm believed female are more prone to bad actions than men. In total in their fairy tales there are 23 witches and evil 16 of Macek, while the fathers of the despots of all 3 and the sorcerer one.

Walt Disney was doubtless an optimist. In his interpretation of the tale of the little Mermaid, Ariel marries a Prince. In the original version unhappy polyrinka commits suicide by throwing themselves into the sea and into the foam.

The younger brother of James Barry became the prototype for his character Peter pan. The story is about a boy who will never grow up, was written in honor of the deceased fourteen-year-old relative of the writer.

In the original language of “the Jungle Book” Bagira has a male. Most likely translators smeared sense when translated as the word “Panther” in Russian female.

Alexander Pushkin lived plagiarism. So the plot of a fairy tale “the fisherman and the fish” was borrowed from the brothers Grimm. The product was called “the Fisherman and his wife”. Also, Alexander Pushkin suffered excessive pride, telling everyone that it is the tale Of Tsar Saltan” by only one letter “f” in the word “fleet”. All depends on that, “f” is a relatively new letter in Russian alphabet and the writer was proud that adhered to the traditional Russian ancient traditions. Continue reading

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