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February 21st, 2010

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11:39 am - Ten rules for writing fiction (from famous authors)
Heeee. These are great; funny, true, inspiring, thought-provoking.

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction, part one, and part two.

Here are a few tidbits:

7 Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it's a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It's only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I ­always have to feel that I'm bunking off from something. --Geoff Dyer

10 Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not ­counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free. --Anne Enright

6 The most purely autobiographical ­fiction requires pure invention. Nobody ever wrote a more auto­biographical story than "The Meta­morphosis". --Jonathan Franzen

5 Remember: when people tell you something's wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. --Neil Gaiman
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Date:February 21st, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I meant to link to that! It was a good article - even the bits I disagreed with were thought-provoking...
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Date:February 22nd, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, exactly. There were certainly some rules that made me go "...oh really?" but overall they were either familiar or startling in their truth/practicality.
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Date:February 21st, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linking this. There's some very insightful and witty stuff! And a clear divide between the writers who are simply thinking "this is how I write" and those who're thinking "my rules don't work for everyone but here are some guidelines that might help people."
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Date:February 22nd, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yes. :) Which alone made the article really fun to read.
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Date:March 1st, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
I especially like Gaiman's. Thanks for sharing!

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