Monday, February 22, 2010

Ten Rules for Writers

I thought this piece in The Guardian was worth a post. It presents several decalogues (or partial decalogues) for writers, kicked off by Elmore Leonard's. Some are funny, some are trenchant, some are practical, others are whimsical. It's worth reading. You'll get nitpicky stuff (like avoid attaching adverbs to the verb said when writing dialogues, or avoid using then as a conjunction) to really earthy stuff like take two pencils with you on flights. Major authors pitched in with their own rules, from Diana Athill to Jeanette Winterson, including folks like Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, and Richard Ford.

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