We’d imagine that among you voracious readers of The Frisky, there are writers and aspiring writers. No doubt, writing is one of the trickiest arts around, and yet we here at the site count ourselves as lucky that we get to do it every day. Across the pond, the Guardian has rounded up “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction,” with advice from some of the best writers at work today. While these tips are geared towards fiction writers, many of them are equally relevant whether you’re thinking about writing a novel, running a blog, or write for a living. After the jump, a few of our favorite tidbits of writing advice.
“You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but essentially you’re on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.” – Margaret Atwood
“Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer’s a good idea.” – Richard Ford
“When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.” – Zadie Smith
“Take no notice of anyone with a gender agenda. A lot of men still think that women lack imagination of the fiery kind.” – Jeanette Winterson
“Write.” – Neil Gaiman