Advice to Writers: Hilary Mantel’s 10 Rules of Writing

Yousei Hime:

Very good. Very inspiring. Very challenging. Have a look . . .

Originally posted on A Dreaming Skin:

More advice to writers, this time from Hilary Mantel, double Booker Prize winning author of Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring Up The Bodies (2012), and the first woman to receive the award twice.

  • Are you serious about this? Then get an accountant.
  • Read Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande. Then do what it says, including the tasks you think are impossible. You will particularly hate the advice to write first thing in the morning, but if you can manage it, it might well be the best thing you ever do for yourself. This book is about becoming a writer from the inside out. Many later advice manuals derive from it. You don’t ­really need any others, though if you want to boost your confidence, “how to” books seldom do any harm. You can kick-start a whole book with some little writing exercise.

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just traced moon
hours before school starts
wild rabbit



Sending thanks to Leslie White and Melissa Allen for their special additions to my office.

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 the number of leaves (syllabus) grow on my yard


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I bring in the wind chime and cook


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Where is that rabbit?

In case you are wondering (or do eventually), the rabbit has gone back to school and will not be out hopping about as often. I will visit and try to comment, but no promises.

I’m going to try to write at least once a week–just haiku.

If you post you think I would enjoy or that you would like me to read, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

See you around.


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