Peter Carey’s Advice to Writers

“If you feel at all unhappy with your work, there is a good reason for it. Trust your judgment. Write the draft again, and again.”  At the end of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in…

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John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for Aspiring Writers

  1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are…

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Meg Rosoff: How to Write

Meg Rosoff is the prize-winning author of How I Live Now, Just In Case, What I Was, The Bride’s Farewell and There Is No Dog. Her new novel, Picture Me Gone, will be published in October. …

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Sarah Waters’ Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

1. Read like mad. But try to do it analytically – which can be hard, because the better and more compelling a novel is, the less conscious you will be of its devices. It’s worth…

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Zadie Smith’s Rules for Writers

1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. 2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would…

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