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Ten rules for writing fiction

Margaret Atwood's rules on writing: "You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there's no free lunch. Writing is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you're on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine."


Margaret Atwood on Sci-Fi, Religion, and Her Love of 'Blade Runner'

Margaret Atwood. "Any novel is hopeful in that it presupposes a reader. It is, actually, a hopeful act just to write anything, really, because you're assuming that someone will be around to do it."


William Faulkner. "Ninety-nine percent talent... ninety-nine percent discipline... ninety-nine percent work."