3 Rules of Writing

I interviewed an author recently at Rebellion LIT and she referred to an article that I really enjoyed. I just wanted to share a few quotes from the article and another from the same site.

First, Neil Gaiman. I have to admit, I didn’t know who Gaiman was until last year when a good friend introduced me to him. This man, however, is brilliant. Neil Gaiman’s casual attitude towards writing is a breaht of fresh air compared to some heavy rule defenders. As for me, I believe in KNOWING rules and ONLY breaking them when you do. I don’t think we should try to break rules we don’t understand.

Photo from Brainpickings

The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

Neil Gaiman – https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/09/28/neil-gaiman-8-rules-of-writing/

Next, Zadie Smith. Another author I met at a later age, but equally as wise. Her advice borders on pessimistic but this is why I agree so much with it. Writing is hard and it certainly isn’t candy and cupcakes. This quote actually inspires me a bunch because, under the glint of negativity, the message is to work with your strengths which is ALWAYS advised, and to get strong in those things you find to be your weakness.

Photograph: Francesco Guidicini from Brainpickings

Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.

Zadie Smith – https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/09/19/zadie-smith-10-rules-of-writing/

Last, there is a simple quote from Henry Miller. These two small sentences, say so much for writers. It actually exemplifies why I am an Independently Published author. Thinking of another person dictating my schedule or my stories makes writing sound like a drag…

Portrait by Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress from Brainpickings

Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.

Henry Miller – https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/02/22/henry-miller-on-writing/

Check out the rest of these writing tips on Brainpickings website! They have tons of articles full of tips, tricks and life lessons for writers!

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