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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).

How to Win at Monopoly

It appears that a couple of high-pro­file blogs linked to this a few years back, but it’s new to me: how to win at mono­poly.

Mono­poly is a game of luck, strategy, and people skills. No strategy will guar­an­tee you a win; that’s one of the reas­ons Mono­poly is so inter­est­ing. In any giv­en game, a new­comer can beat a life­time cham­pi­on. Still, there are a few stra­tegic tips that came out of the com­puter sim­u­la­tions that will help you best play the odds: you may not win any giv­en game, but in the long run, you’ll come out ahead. The “people skills” ele­ment isn’t cap­tured here. But as a gen­er­al rule, think about what your oppon­ents want and see if you can engin­eer a trade with them that’s a win/win for you both. That type of nego­ti­at­ing is as vital in Mono­poly as it is in real life.