Rules to be broken

I’m surprised my dad (dedicated Guardian reader that he is) hadn’t already pointed this out to me, but via Adam Cheshire I came across writing rules from a recent Guardian article which proved interesting to read. They’re contradictory, some are more serious than others, and I can almost guarantee you won’t find the holy grail there, but if nothing else they give an insight into a few authors you might like. Pick and choose, laugh (at or with – your choice), memorise and discard. I quite liked Roddy Doyle’s rules, but bearing in mind Jonathan Franzen’s ‘It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction’, this might be a good time to shut up and get on with it.

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One response to “Rules to be broken

  1. Out of all the lists, I liked Anne Enright’s rules the best: “Only bad writers think that their work is really good.”
    “Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ¬finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.”

    And “You can also do all that with whiskey.”
    Amen to that :)

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