Monday, March 26, 2012

On Writing

I'm busy finishing up the text portion of my book so it can go to print soon and feeling a bit too frazzled to write a proper post today.  I came across this Zadie Smith On Writing post on tumblr and it seemed like a perfect fit for today.  It actually came from an article Ten Rules for Writing Fiction from The Guardian but the rules really apply to any writing. I'm going to try to work on #7 and get back to work. Later skaters!

Zadie Smith - On Writing
1 When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
3 Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.
4 Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.
Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
6 Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.
Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.
8 Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
Don’t confuse honours with achievement.
10 Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.


Photo by Arthur Elgort

11 comments:

Tish said...

I love Zadie and that book :)

Karena said...

Wow Heather what great advice and the image is wonderful!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena
The 2012 Artist Series

Simple Good Beautiful said...

I completely agree with # 7. Except I would further define it as a computer with no wireless connectivity whatsoever! It makes it so tempting to wander around even while one is just sitting in a chair.

Anastasia said...

Good luck. That would be a difficult one. Look forward to your book!

Anastasia at decor is like butter

pve design said...

Heather,
Wishing you much success and creativity with your writing. I think no.10 says it all.
pve

Inner-Outer Beauty said...

Lovely post!

Lisa Mende said...

What great advice. As a somewhat inexperience blogger, I feel that my writing is what I need to work on most. These are great tips!

MJH Design Arts said...

Thanks--great post.... Also the photo: this is how I work and write, one cat at my feet and one cat on the desk, plus Jones beside me. Have an amazingly productive day. Finish it, already!! Mary

Tabitha said...

Yes to number 7, hubs always writes in the garden shed! Good luck!

Brillante Interiors said...

Loved every word.

Brillante Interiors said...

Loved every word.

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