From Guardian Online: Ten rules for writing fiction
Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts...
I have picked out some 'rules' I smiled at because I believe 'em too. But the whole article is wonderful, thought provoking, and good to read.
Only bad writers think that their work is really good. Anne Enright
Don't wait for inspiration. Discipline is the key. Esther Freud
Style is the art of getting yourself out of the way, not putting yourself in it. David Hare.
Defend yourself. Find out what keeps you happy, motivated and creative. A L Kennedy
(she has another about using stories from your family, friends, under the title Defend others. She means using their life events, characteristics, and disguising them so that the originator is unrecogniseable!)
Remember writing doesn't love you. It doesn't care. Nevertheless, it can behave with remarkable generosity. Speak well of it, encourage others, pass it on. A L Kennedy
Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea. Richard Ford.
The whole article is HERE