The first draft over everything is shit– Ernest Hemingway
There speaks one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Some advice, such as the above, is common sense, and some, such as this ‘write about what you know’ is shit. If all writers followed that advice how many great books would have been written? Would Orwell have written 1984? would Terry Pratchett have written any book at all? would Shakespeare have written Julius Caesar? The list goes on. Write about what you don’t know might be more appropriate!
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ― W. Somerset Maugham
The following 21 tips may offer some insight – but I wouldn’t bank on it!
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