Monday 14 January 2013

Thought for the Day - P D James' Rules for Writing

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.

You can read more writers' rules for writing here.

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