Life is too Short to Read Bad Books (Unless You’re A Writer)


Bad books exist.

Books with flat characterization, boring plots, stale conflicts, and/or problematic content. They’re out there, and sometimes they can be so bad, they’re downright painful to get through.


But even bad books have their merits. Believe it or not, reading the occasional bad book can really help you grow as a writer. Powering through a particularly shitty book can highlight what doesn’t work for you.While you’re reading, keep a tab on what makes you roll your eyes. What makes you want to stop reading. What just simply pisses you off. Remember those things and avoid them while working on your own stories.

A wonderful exercise to consider is rewriting passage that annoy you.Found a particular scene that makes you want to rip your hair out? Know you can do better? Well, put your money where your mouth is and REWRITE THAT SHIT.

Another lovely perk to reading shitty books is the huge confidence boost it supplies.Reading something that you know is terrible, but still got published, is usually a huge confidence booster for unpublished writers, and that’s totally okay. A bad book might be just want you need to realize how much your own work shines.

So pick up a book you know will suck every now and then. It’s worth it.

Happy writing, lovelies.

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Secret to writing a bestseller: You write. You stop dreaming of writing. You stop talking about writing. Stop wishing you were writing. And you write. — Jonathan Gunson (via writingquotes)

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READ THESE PLEASE. Amazing bit of information to make you a better writer.

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The Shape of Ideas

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I love the process of writing and, if I allowed myself, I would write far too much every day. — Walter Dean Myers (via writersrelief)

Out of curiosity, would anyone be interested in a newsletter from me?

It would only come out twice a month or so, and you’ll get exclusive scoops into whatever it is I’m doing (writing, I suppose).

Hit me up at adrianfridge[at]gmail[dot]com with Newsletter somewhere in the subject line.

May I get a hands up from writers who aren’t English majors?

I have a degree in Chemical Engineering… the only thing I’m engineering these days is my word count.


Nearly every YA novel I have ever read


My Last Couple Of Days (The Writing Process In A Nutshell)

I’ll betaread your story up to 2,000 words (Updated Jul 29, 2014)


You want something read, I’ll read it for you.

This is a big time commitment for me, which is why I’m putting a word limit. However, this beta-reading offer is ongoing, so don’t be shy about contacting me even if it’s two months after I posted/updated this.


  • 2,000 words from a chapter or short story
  • Any genre, including erotica. LGBTQA+ friendly!
  • No fanfiction, sorry.
  • Lenient on grammar
  • First-come first-serve basis

Your expectation from me is a general breakdown of what you did right and wrong, tips, lots of questions, and an overall analysis. My expectation from you is the ability to stomach tough love. Just remember: just because I don’t like something that you wrote doesn’t mean I see you as a failure. Mistakes are a part of learning, and I’m just trying to help you along.

Please send a .DOCX file to adrianfridge[at]gmail[dot]com


  • Draft number, e.g. third draft
  • Genre, e.g. new adult fiction
  • Total length, e.g. 50,000 words

Also answer:

  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer? (e.g. “The beginning totally sucks and I don’t know why. I think I’m good at creating natural sounding dialogue.”) 
  2. What are you insecure about? (e.g. “I’m afraid you’ll absolutely hate it — hint: don’t worry)

I will do my best to keep you updated once you send me your manuscript. All I ask for is patience.

My beta-reading is limited to leaving comments and critique. If you’d like me to edit your work, I have hourly rates that we can discuss after I’ve read your writing.

Lots of love, 
Adrian Fridge

P.S. I believe in confidentiality. I will never talk about your prose in my social media unless you give me explicit written permission. If you ever find me groaning on my Tumblr or Twitter about editing, it’s because I’m working on my own writing. This disclaimer is to avoid any potential misunderstanding.

Has my Tumblr got too serious lately?

Published my fiction… now I have to talk to people to promote it?