23 February 2010

Rules for writing

For when the time is right The Guardian has published the writing 'rules' of several famous authors. There's much overlap between them, but also wide divergence. So there are probably none, other than (as for all productivity) do it rather than think about doing it (and, hence, don't wait until 'the time is right.').

Cory Doctorow published his own rules last year, on the same theme 'Writing in an age of distraction.' Both Doctorow and Helen Dunmore in The Guardian suggest finishing your session or day's work when you still have more to say. I can see the point: keeping your ideas firing while you're doing other things and luring you back to your computer for the next session of what, for many, seems to be a painful process.

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