One hundred ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 10-15:








We are in the midst of the festive period and I’m deep in preparation for the start of The Echo Chamber rehearsals with the Llanarth group, which start officially tomorrow, yet I’m aware there are various blogs to be written….

10. When pushed for time and under pressure with a multitude of writing tasks backing up in what seems an endless pile, take the easiest, most fun option first. You’ll have something to cross off the list and will move onto the next task with a sense of achievement. (KOR)

11. Do keep a thesaurus, but in the shed at the back of the garden or behind the fridge, somewhere that demands travel or effort. Chances are the words that come into your head will do fine, eg “horse”, “ran”, “said”.  (Roddy Doyle).

12. Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money. (Jonathan Franzen).

13. Write only when you have something to say. (David Hare).

14.  There are three reasons for becoming a writer: The first is that you need the money; the second, that you have something to say that you think the world should know; and the third is that you can’t think what to do with the long dark evenings. (Quentin Crisp.  ‘The Naked Civil Servant’).

15.  Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more ­effective your writing. (P.D.James).

Happy holidays.


4 responses to “One hundred ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 10-15:

  1. Seem like I read this post in a moment where what I need to hear is exactly this. Thank you :)))

  2. Not sure if that’s Roddy Doyle’s tip about keeping the thesaurus behind the fridge or not – but either way, it’s always gratifying to know when anything I post up strikes a chord…. So thank you x

  3. Write about ” Them ” before they write ” you “

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