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Elif Shafak’s Final Rule – & Tips from other Authors

Posted by on June 27, 2013

As the saying goes – Rules are made to be broken.    Elif Shafak writes ‘Finally, ignore every single one of my rules.   There are no rules for writing.”

The novelist Deborah Moggach suggests that,  “you don’t have to listen to anyone’s advice.”[i]   Everyone has his or her own methods.   Audrey Niffenegger thinks more coffee can substitute for actual inspiration.   She also suggests putting work away for a while before you start revising it and her final tip is “Never look back.”

I find it reassuring to read other writer’s daily habits; how they have thought through certain literary problems and what makes a good read in their opinion.    I just need to remember to write a few words on a regular basis for my story.

What are the rules you have made for yourself?

Nicola Stevens

[i] The Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2013, Review Section, R9 & R11

One Response to Elif Shafak’s Final Rule – & Tips from other Authors

  1. Susie Gutch

    Enjoyed reading the ‘rules for writing’ – I think the best ideas are whatever keeps you going. So each aspiring writer will find something different to spur them on. I like this quote from Jacob’s Gift by Jonathan Freedland [Penguin 2006].

    ‘Perhaps through these pages.. even the dead can live again as long as we tell their stories – and every family has stories.’

    The great thing is to keep writing!
    Best wishes –

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