Molly Lambert

I am a writer at Grantland

from The Guardian’s rules for writing fiction series

Try to think of others’ good luck as encouragement to yourself.

- Richard Ford

Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.

- Jonathan Franzen

You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. You’ve seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore 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.

- Margaret Atwood

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.

- PD James

Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.

- Zadie Smith

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

- Elmore Leonard

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