Monday, February 22, 2010

Writers, Heed This Advise!

This piece of advise to writers comes as a breath of fresh air, a call in the wilderness, words of a guardian angel, the cloud (or star, I don't remember) that guided the Israelites out of Egypt.

Hm. Among the gems:

  • Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. – Neil Geilman
  • Cut out the metaphors and similes. In my first book I promised myself I wouldn't use any and I slipped up during a sunset in chapter 11. I still blush when I come across it. – Esther Freud
  • Fiction that isn't an author's personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn't worth writing for anything but money. – Johnathan Franzen
  • Don't read your reviews. Don't write reviews. (Your judgment's always tainted.) Don't have arguments with your wife in the morning, or late at night. – Richard Ford.
  • Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it. – Neil Gailman

And so on. You will find it uplifting, in a weird, self-revelatory, sort of way. Have fun.