One hundred and fifty ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 120 – 124.

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More quotations about writing to inspire and encourage, chastise and giddy us up.

120)   Any writer who has difficulty in writing is probably not onto his true subject, but wasting time with false, petty goals; as soon as you connect with your true subject you will write.   (Joyce Carole Oats)

121)    Don’t just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.  (PD James)

122)   Plot springs from character… I’ve always sort of believed that these people inside me- these characters- know who they are and what they’re about and what happens, and they need me to help get it down on paper because they don’t type.   (Anne Lamott)

123)  I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.  (G.K.Chesterton) 

124)   Finish everything you start.   Get on with it.   Stay in your mental pyjamas all day. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. No alcohol, sex or drugs while you are working. If you have to read, to cheer yourself up read biographies of writers who went insane.  (Colm Toibin)

4 responses to “One hundred and fifty ‘rules’ for writing fiction: 120 – 124.

  1. I love these. My favorite is “Don’t just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style. (PD James).” So, so true! I wasted so much time thinking about my novel at night as I fell asleep but not writing. It didn’t get anywhere until I stopped “planning” and started writing!

    • Thanks for that, Melanie – and good luck with your ACTUAL writing…. The dreaming and planning and thinking side is so important, of course, but I’ve also found it’s essential to stop prevaricating and just get some words down…

  2. Number 120 definitely rings true. It can take a while to figure out what you’re truly passionate about. But once you do, it’s a great feeling.

  3. I’m always astonished by the incredible productivity of Joyce Carole Oats – and apparently without a dip in quality, despite her output – so I think her thoughts on wasting time and finding ‘true’ subjects are worth listening to!

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