One hundred ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 22-26

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Further quotations I have gathered over the years from books or interviews with writers in newspapers and festivals…. 

22. Listen to what you have written. A dud rhythm in a passage of dialogue may show that you don’t yet understand the characters well enough to write in their voices.  (Helen Dunmore) 

23.  Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer’s a good idea. (Richard Ford)

24, I always start with a title…and then work round different meanings. A novel, for me, is always an elaboration of the title. (Muriel Spark in The Scotsman)

25. To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man. (Aristotle)

26.  The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. (Neil Gaiman)

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