There was a good article on The Guardian, ‘Ten rules for writing fiction‘, coming on the back of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.

The first rule I’m going to make up is; Learn who Elmore Leonard is.

If you’ve done any research into writing tips and rules you’ll have come across quite a few of these, especially the first rule of writing; write.

The best ones are the specific ones; ‘don’t open with the weather’, ‘do not search for the book you haven’t written yet’,’avoid detailed descriptions of characters’, ‘Introduce your main characters and themes in the first third of your novel.’ and ‘Do give the work a name as quickly as possible’.

There are some I’ll blatantly ignore; ‘learn poems by heart’, ‘keep a diary’, ‘write slowly and by hand’ and ‘have fun’.

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