The Guardian’s Writers’ Rules compilation comprises wonderful creative writing insights from contemporary authors among which Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantel and many more.
I’ve picked it up in a Foyles bookshop after randomly opening it and breezing through a Hilary Mantel wonderful little piece on loving your stationery. While that is still one of my favorite pieces in the book, I’ve definitely enjoyed all the other pearls of wisdom from authors I’ve admired throughout my adult life.
With most of these books I’ve found that every other page either begins or ends with phrases like “Don’t be afraid”, “Just write already!”, “Never stop”, which has somewhat put me off writing books altogether.
But with Write, although I’ve found the occasional “Write now, not later” slightly irritating, I have very much appreciated the vast majority of the writing advices in the book and would highly recommend it to anyone feeling a bit lost or overwhelmed in their writing endeavors. It not only provides insight into the creative process favored by your admired writers, but covers all kinds of writing genres, from popular fiction to historic works, poetry and playwright.
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