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Writers' advice for writers

TOPICS: Literature • Fiction • Science Fiction • Elmore Leonard • Michael Moorcock • Margaret Atwood • Jonathan Franzen • Human Interest

The Guardian asked several writers to list up to ten rules for writing (inspired by Elmore Leonard's little book, 10 Rules of Writing). The result (in two parts) is, by and large, excellent advice. I especially like Do back exercises. Pain is distracting (Margaret Atwood -- amen); A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk (Helen Dunmore); Do it every day and Have regrets (Geoff Dyer); Don't wish ill on your colleagues (Richard Ford); The reader is a f... read more »


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