Originally posted on Aerogramme Writers' Studio:
Never open a book with the weather. Avoid prologues. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said.” Keep your exclamation points under control! Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.” Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.…

Originally posted on Aerogramme Writers' Studio:
In 2010, inspired to Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked some of the world’s most respected writers to share their best tips. Here’s how Hilary Mantel, the first British author to win the Man Booker Prize twice, responded to the task. Are you serious about this? Then…

The book list

I have finished reading, in rapid succession: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel Sticking with my theme of reading Man Booker prize winners, if not always the actual novels they won for, I have loaded up and ready to go The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch. In this Continue reading The book list