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General Advice On Writing Fictions by Dolypson04(m): 4:47pm On May 20, 2015
I was thinking on ways to improve on my writing. This led me to enquire advice from different successful authors and here are some of the randomly selected ones;
1. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to
skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick
paragraphs of prose you can see have too many
words in them - Elmore Leonard.
2. Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only
way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are
OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to
be thought out – they can be got right only by
ear)- Diana Athill
3. Hold the reader's attention. (This is likely to
work better if you can hold your own.) But you
don't know who the reader is, so it's like shooting
fish with a slingshot in the dark. What fascinates A
will bore the pants off B. - Margaret Atwood
3. You can never read your own book with the
innocent anticipation that comes with that first
delicious page of a new book, because you wrote
the thing. You've been backstage. You've seen
how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat.
Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it
before you give it to anyone in the publishing
business. This friend should not be someone with
whom you have a romantic relationship, unless
you want to break up. -Margaret Atwood
5. Do be kind to yourself. Fill pages as quickly as
possible; double space, or write on every second
line. Regard every new page as a small triumph until you get to Page 50. Then calm down, and
start worrying about the quality. Do feel anxiety –
it's the job.. - Roddy Doyle
6. Do keep a thesaurus, but in the shed at the back
of the garden or behind the fridge, somewhere that
demands travel or effort. Chances are the words
that come into your head will do fine, eg "horse",
"ran", "said".- Roddy Doyle
7. Never worry about the commercial possibilities of a project. That stuff is for agents and editors to
fret over – or not. Conversation with my American
publisher. Me: "I'm writing a book so boring, of
such limited commercial appeal, that if you publish
it, it will probably cost you your job." Publisher:
"That's exactly what makes me want to stay in my
job. - Geoff Dyer
8. Do it every day. Make a habit of putting your
observations into words and gradually this will
become instinct. This is the most important rule of
all and, naturally, I don't follow it.- Geoff Dyer
9. Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of
words on a page; reality is made of something
else. It doesn't matter how "real" your story is, or
how "made up": what matters is its necessity.- Anne Enright
10. Find your best time of the day for writing and
write. Don't let anything else interfere. Afterwards it
won't matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.-
Jonathan Franzen
Here is my own personal advice;
Pay attention to every little detail and never rush while re-reading your own write-up- Adepoju Dolapo
Very few noticed I input number 3 twice all in a bid to rush the reading.
Add your own advice and kindly input your name so that we can reference you when we become successful writers too.
Re: General Advice On Writing Fictions by ikeepitreal(m): 6:50am On May 21, 2015
True that,true that. Nice post

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