I first heard about Ariel Gore when I read an interview with her on chuckpalahniuk.net. I was smitten immediately. Her latest book, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead is one of the most inspiring I've read recently. It's got amazing little tips and Q&A's with everyone from Dave Barry to Dave Eggers to Beatrice Berry. My goal in life is not to become a famous writer, but I do like to write and have been lagging in a terrible way. Since I started this book three days ago (and have almost finished it) I have been writing like wild fire. I have dug up old manuscripts, journals, stories and essays and have been mixing and matching and retooling. I'm surprised my hands haven't cramped yet and my fingers aren't bleeding. I've sent in my first submission and have fired up my sketch pad again. I have even started working on a website chock full of fun stuff to read, look at and watch. Even if you don't fancy yourself a writer and you just scribble here I think you will find something that inspires you like it has me. Get thee to the nearest book store or click the title of the book above (it's a link) and read this book.