Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

Cover of the Russian-language edition of Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things, which I just read for the second time (in English, of course). Many good stories in this, and I particularly love the final story in it, "The Monarch of the Glen."

Via Neil Gaiman's blog comes not one but two columns of advice from writers for writers, just published in the Guardian. Agree with some, disagree with others, laugh at a few, nod in agreement with more; but definitely peruse this advice from writers like Margaret Atwood, PD James, Joyce Carol Oates, and Mr. Gaiman himself. The best advice might be that of Philip Pullman. Oddly enough, the kickoff for these columns was the list of ten rules for writing from the article by Elmore Leonard that I posted here recently, which Mr. Leonard is turning into a book.

Part One is here.
Part Two is here.


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