You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.
Elmore Leonard's punchy style and compelling characters has Hollywood continually coming back to his work. Some of the many adaptations of his writing are highlighted in this post.
For children and adults, writers or not, reading is important to personal development, well-being, and the learning mind.
You can be the sweetest person possible in real life, but if you want to write great fiction, you need to be the opposite. You must be the cruel overlord of your story.
From 10th Century B.C. to our current decade, this infographic takes an unscientific but interesting look at some of the most popular books ever written.