Top Ten Writing Rules from Famous Writers

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Top Ten Writing Rules

from Famous Writers

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Post Sunday 19th October 2014

 Top Ten Writing Rules from Famous Writers

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Rule # 10

Write a draft.
Then let it rest.

– Stephen King

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Rule # 9

Read a lot.

– Stephen King

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Rule # 8

Never use a long word
when a short one will do.

– George Orwell

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Rule # 7

Never use the passive
when you can use the active instead.

– George Orwell

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Rule # 6

Know your audience.

– Pierre Berton

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Rule # 5

Recycle
& read the good stuff
before you write.

– Pierre Berton

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Rule # 4

Honour the miraculousness
of the ordinary.

– Andrew Morton

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Rule # 3

Good draft = draft – 10%

– Stephen King

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Rule # 2

Look at every word in a sentence
& decide if they are really needed.
If not – kill them.
Be ruthless.

– Bob Cooper

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Rule # 1

Remember:
Writing doesn’t love you.
It doesn’t care.
Nevertheless it can behave
with remarkable generosity.
Speak well of it. Encourage others.
Pass it on.

– Al Kennedy

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