Fiction-Writing Rules, from Fiction Writers

Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s lauded book of the same name, Ten Rules of Writing, The Guardian asks a selection of 28 authors (from Margaret Atwood to Will Self) for their ten rules of writing for the aspiring fiction author (part two).

Elmore Leonard’s ten are included, and he summarises them with the following:

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

The article’s been mentioned in a few places, being discussed at length by Intelligent Life and Salon (the latter adding five of their own rules).