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Rules for Writing Fiction

Excellent tips for all my writer friends.

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Thanks to Advice to Writers for sharing this quote!

Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you cPhoto by Kristin Nador, WANA Commonsan’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.

2. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.

3. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.

4. If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a ­memory stick.

5. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.

6. Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark…

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6 Comments

  1. Denise Wyant says:

    Thanks so much for the reblog, P.C. 🙂

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  2. jeanieclaire says:

    That was very amusing. Thank you.

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  3. #4 After a few hours spent frantically scouring my PC for my first draft, I made a memory stick into a Holy object.

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