10 Fiction Writing Tips

By Andrew Motion

Culled from Authors Publish Magazine

1. Decide when in the day (or night) it best suits you to write, and organize your life accordingly.

2. Think with your senses as well as your brain.

3. Honour the miraculousness of the ordinary.

4. Lock different characters/elements in a room and tell them to get on.

5. Remember there is no such thing as nonsense.

6. Bear in mind Wilde’s dictum that “only mediocrities develop” – and ­challenge it.

7. Let your work stand before deciding whether or not to serve.

8. Think big and stay particular.

9. Write for tomorrow, not for today.

10. Work hard.

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