10 regler for forfattere

“My main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work” lyder Philip Pullmans svar på The Guardians enquete, 10 rules for writers. Her er ti håndplukkede, i nummerorden:

“1 Write.” (Neil Gaiman)

“2 Don’t have children.” (Richard Ford)

“3 Stay in your mental pyjamas all day.” (Colm Tóibin)

“4 If nobody will put your play on, put it on yourself.” (David Hare)

“5 Remember there is no such thing as nonsense.” (Andrew Motion)

“6 Try to be accurate about stuff.” (Anne Enright)

“7 Do, occasionally, give in to temptation. Wash the kitchen floor, hang out the washing. It’s research.” (Roddy Doyle)

“8 It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” (Jonathan Franzen)

“9 No going to London.” (Colm Tóibin)

“10 You have to love before you can be relentless.” (Jonathan Franzen)