Writing maxims I try to follow

There is much advice around writing but I came across the following some time ago now and I thought I would share them in a post.

There may be many writers who have given similar advice but those I know of are given in brackets after each piece of advice.

1. Read your writing aloud for rhythm. (Diana Athil, Helen Dunmore, Esther Freud, Michael Morpurgo)

2. Finish what you start. (Neil Gaiman,Colman Toibin)

3. If nobody will put your play on, put it on yourself. (Richard Hare) 

4. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting. (Margaret Atwood)

5. Join professional organisations which advance the collective rights of authors. (Helen Dunmore)

6. Forget the boring old dictum “write about what you know”. Instead, seek out an unknown yet knowable area of experience that’s going to enhance your understanding of the world and write about that. (Rose Tremain)

7. Be ambitious for the work and not for the reward (Jeanette Winterson)

8. Prayer might work. Or reading ­something else. Or a constant visual­isation of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book. (Margaret Atwood)

9 Remember writing doesn’t love you. It doesn’t care. Nevertheless, it can behave with remarkable generosity. Speak well of it, encourage others, pass it on. (Al Kennedy)

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