10 rules for writing fiction

The Guardian published a great two-part article list at the weekend: Ten rules for writing fiction.

It features up to ten fiction writing rules from each of Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, PD James, AL Kennedy, Hilary Mantel, Michael Moorcock, Michael Morpurgo, Andrew Motion, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Philip Pullman, Ian Rankin, Will Self, Helen Simpson, Zadie Smith, Colm Tóibín, Rose Tremain, Sarah Waters, and Jeanette Winterson.

I like Elmore Leonard’s (unumbered 11) – My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

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