Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Top 5 from Fellow Fiction Authors

Bestselling Author Neil Gaiman

1. "Read. Read everything you can lay hands on." — T.H. White

2. "Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." – Anton Chekhov

3. "Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out—they can be got right only by ear)." — Diana Athill

4. "Fiction that isn't an author's personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn't worth writing for anything but money." — Jonathan Franzen

5.  "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

What's one of your favorite writing tips?


Andrew Leon said...

There's too much debate in my head to have any writing tips.

Bonnie Rae said...

Reading out loud for sure!! I find so many things that either don't make sense or general mistakes it is amazing.

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