Je vous donne mon avis mais ne le suivez surtout pas

Le quotidien britannique The Guardian a demandé à une poignée d'écrivains contemporains (re)connus de dévoiler leurs ‘règles d'or'. Exercice à peu près aussi utile que ‘Les grands chefs vous dévoilent leurs secrets de cuisine' ou ‘La face cachée de la préparation des plus grands sportifs'. Whatever. Tantôt loufoques, bizarrement anecdotiques, to the point ou ennuyeux, voici ma sélection des meilleurs writing tips.

Le quotidien britannique The Guardian a demandé à une poignée d'écrivains contemporains (re)connus de dévoiler leurs ‘règles d'or'. Exercice à peu près aussi utile que ‘Les grands chefs vous dévoilent leurs secrets de cuisine' ou ‘La face cachée de la préparation des plus grands sportifs'. Whatever. Tantôt loufoques, bizarrement anecdotiques, to the point ou ennuyeux, voici ma sélection des meilleurs writing tips.

 

 

Will Self

Don't look back until you've written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceeding day

 

The real work which is all in . . .the edit.

 

Live life and write about life.

 

Hold a Christmas party every year at which you stand in the corner of your writing room, shouting very loudly to yourself while drinking a bottle of white wine. Then masturbate under the desk. The following day you will feel a deep and cohering sense of embarrassment.

 

Zadie Smith

Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.

Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet

Don't confuse honours with achievement.

Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.

Hilary Mantel

Be patient.

Roddy Doyle

Do spend a few minutes a day working on the cover biog - "He divides his time between Kabul and Tierra del Fuego." But then get back to work.

Margaret Atwood

Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can't sharpen it on the plane, because you can't take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.

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.

Michael Moorcock

Ignore all proferred rules and create your own

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