Ten Rules for Writing

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Ten Rules for Writing

Post by ivanpope » February 21st, 2010, 10:42 am

The Guardian took Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules for Writing and then asked a whole bunch of writers for their ten rules. Wonderful reading, especially where the rules are in complete opposition to each other - 'never read other writers/ always read other writers'. Lots of well known writers, some gems in there.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/fe ... n-part-one

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Re: Ten Rules for Writing

Post by Blondie » February 21st, 2010, 1:19 pm

Entertaining and useful. Thanks!

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Re: Ten Rules for Writing

Post by polymath » February 21st, 2010, 1:32 pm

There's a greatly amusing deal of subtext, verbal irony, and dramatic irony in play in those contradicting advices.
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Re: Ten Rules for Writing

Post by E McD » February 21st, 2010, 11:11 pm

"Don't have children." HA!
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Re: Ten Rules for Writing

Post by Leila » February 21st, 2010, 11:19 pm

Ah...diversity is a wonderful thing.

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Re: Ten Rules for Writing

Post by matildamcc » February 22nd, 2010, 3:49 pm

I loved reading these writers' rules! Here's one:

Helen Simpson

The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it on the wall in front of my desk saying "Faire et se taire" (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as "Shut up and get on with it."

Thanks for posting the link.

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