I made a list of authors who influence and inspire me in my writing.
An interesting exercise, because it made me realize what kind of person/writer I want to be. Who inspires you? These are my heroes:
Neil Strauss (The Game, Emergency, The Truth): Neil surprises every time with a new, unconventional topic that is seemingly unrelated to the previous one (How to pick up women, Plan B for when the world ends, How to stay in a loving relationship) but they are all connected. He is diving deeper and deeper in his own psyche, humanity and our society and presents his brilliant analysis very honestly, in a way that is both solid and vulnerable, mixed with a lot of humor.
Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers): This writer for The New Yorker takes you on a journey of discovery of things we usually take for granted in our society. And just when you think you understand, he turns everything around and reveals what he has learned by studying the phenomenon in depth. Masterful storytelling combined with solid research.
Oliver Sacks (The man who mistook his wife for a hat, Island of the color blind): neurologist/anthropologist who explains even the most complicated concepts in a simple way and makes dry scientific facts about our psyche really interesting with his masterful storytelling.
Timothy Ferris (The Four-Hour Workweek, The Four-Hour Body): Tim keeps reinventing himself. He immerses himself in different worlds and then writes a groundbreaking book about his experiences. From tango to sex, food to location independence, he always revels in a challenge.
Don’t reinvent the wheel, like I did. As the author and co-author of more than 30 books, writing coach for hundreds of people and organizer of 20 writing retreats, I have finally found the best system for writing a good book: the ‘Reverse Writing’ method. If you begin at the end and create a good structure before you start writing, you will be able to follow your energy, instead of the page numbers.
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