One hundred and fifty ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 106-110.

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Further stimuli on writing from the experts, garnered from interviews, festival appearances and articles.

106.  You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. (Saul Bellow).

107.  Do be kind to yourself. Fill pages as quickly as possible; double space, or write on every second line. Regard every new page as a small triumph – until you get to page 50. Then calm down, and start worrying about the quality. Do feel anxiety – it’s the job.  (Roddy Doyle).

108.  Write without pay until somebody offers pay; it nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for. (Mark Twain). 

109.  Art, though, is never the voice of a country; it is an even more precious thing, the voice of the individual, doing its best to speak, not comfort of any sort, but truth. And the art that speaks it most unmistakably, most directly, most variously, most fully, is fiction, in particular, the novel. (Eudora Welty). 

110. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting. (Margaret Atwood).

One response to “One hundred and fifty ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 106-110.

  1. love it, thanks! In the midst of finishing a children’s book … good stuff

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