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Friday, April 29, 2011

Zadie Smith's Rules for Writing


The Guardian has been running a series where various writers tell their rules for writing. Zadie Smith has some wise words, starting with
"1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else."
...OK, maybe it's a little late to start on that one. But, then there is rule 7:
"7. Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet."
Yep, got that one right!

Margaret Atwood's has some good advice, too:
"You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality."

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