Ten rules for writing fiction

Unattributed, Feb 26, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's pretty clear that some of the authors involved did not take the "10 rules" seriously. Others, meanwhile, got a little carried away (reminding me of the 'postcards' being exchanged in Barbara Ganley's Joyce-reading circle. "They feel like little bursts of felt response–by readers who love to read and love to feel the pen on a card, having to move within the confines of that small white square, and caring enough to take the time to find a postcard." As Al Kennedy says in his ninth rule: "Remember you love writing. It wouldn't be worth it if you didn't. If the love fades, do what you need to and get it back." Ah yes, but then there are the writers who, like me, love having written, and would prefer to get to that point with a minimum of excess and puffery. Via Open Culture.
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