The first rule of writing may honestly be that there are no rules…but that doesn’t mean that all the aspiring authors out there can’t do with some advice from time to time. Inspired by Elmore Leonard‘s book 10 Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked a bunch of different writers—including Margaret Atwood, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, P.D. James, and Neil Gaiman—to offer up their personal commandments of good prose. The results are helpful, humorous, and occasionally “huh?”-worthy.
However, none of these esteemed authors mentions the second official rule of writing, which is, obviously, “Don’t talk about Fight Club.”
(Cartoon by Austin Kleon.)