Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Inspirational Rules for Writing Courtesy of P.D. James

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P.D. James, award winning novelist and author of several books including The Children of Men and Innocent Blood, has compiled a list of her five "Rules for Writing," and while there are MANY of these lists out there, I found hers to be incredibly inspirational. So take them in, embrace them, or even disreguard them and create a list of your own, but appreciate the fact that there are always ways for you to grow as a writer should you take the time to do so!

1. Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more ­effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.

2. Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious.

3. Don't just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.

4. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.

5 Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other ­people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.
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