More rules to break!

I know this already made the blog rounds a while ago, but I feel the need to mention the Guardian’s “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction.” It’s either ridiculous or insightful; I can’t decide. I felt particularly drawn to Will Self’s rule #5:

You know that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure you feel when you look upon your own empurpled prose? Relax into the awareness that this ghastly sensation will never, ever leave you, no matter how successful and publicly lauded you become. It is intrinsic to the real business of writing and should be cherished.

You can read the lists of all the writers—like Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Geoff Dyer and Richard Ford— here.


~ by Valerie Palmer on March 31, 2010.

2 Responses to “More rules to break!”

  1. Huh, that reminds me of Brian Eno’s instructions to “never be afraid of being cheesey” when making music. Holding back for fear of being cheesey will kill all music production according to him… which sounds similar fear of the purple for writers.

    • Thank you for the Eno quote, Ysanne. I think you’re right, there’s a definite parallel.

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