Friday, June 13, 2008

"There are three rules to writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are."

Literary Rejections on Display quoted this famous saying by Somerset Maugham and asked us if we DO know what they are. Here's my closest guess:

1. Put your butt in the chair every day.

2. Write on a laptop that doesn't connect to the internet.

3. "You are freer than you think." (Foucault).

What think you?


Montgomery Maxton said...

#2 is always the one that gets me. errrr!

lovely picture of you and Annie.

Collin Kelley said...

I agree with 1 and 3, but I always need the internet at my fingertips for research, spelling, etc. You have to learn to discipline yourself when writing to actually write and not surf the net.

Kate Evans said...

I guess I'm just too weak, Collin! I seriously find the internet addicting. I'm like a blue-haired lady in front of a slot machine. So I keep a little list of things I need to look up as they cross my mind while I'm writing. Then later I go on the internet to look them up.

Jenny said...

I thought your three were perfect and I said so over there (because they truly are) but of course being a writer I had to write three of my own! They're over there too.

Justin Evans said...

1. Write what you know.

2. The truth is always more interesting.

3. Never trust plot.

Andrew Shields said...

I like your three, which come down to what you need to do to finish any larger intellectual project: steady work, focus, and self-confidence.

Says the guy who's reading blogs instead of working on his various projects!

Bree said...

I'll try to apply your very apt three rules to my thesis writing, Kate. #2 is what always bites me in the arse, and obviously, if I were following that rule right now, I wouldn't be able to leave you a comment!