A couple of days ago, best-selling novelist Colson Whitehead contributed an op-ed piece to the New York Times entitled “How to Write.” Here are his 11 rules for writing (find the entire article here).

  1. Show and Tell (rather than show, don’t tell)
  2. Let your subject find you
  3. Write what you know
  4. Never use three words when one will do
  5. Keep a dream diary
  6. What isn’t said is as important as what is said
  7. Writer’s block is a tool — use it
  8. Is secret
  9. Have adventures
  10. Revise, revise, revise
  11. There are no rules

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