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Sunday, August 29, 2010

...cool rules for writing




BIG thanks to everyone who did the writers oath with me and the ones who put it on their blog. now from my new book writing magic: creating stories that fly by gail carson levine heres the really cool rules for writing.

1. The best way to write better is to write more.
2. The best way to write better is to write more.
3. The best way to write better is to write more.
4. The best way to write more is to write whenever you have five minutes and wherever you find a chair and a pen and paper or your computer.
5. Read! Most likely you don’t need this rule. If you enjoy writing, you probably enjoy reading. The payoff for this pleasure is that reading books shows you how to write them.
6. Reread! There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.
7. Save everything you write, even if you don’t like it, even if you hate it. Save it for a minimum of fifteen years. I'm serious. At that time, if you want to, you can throw it out, but, even then don't discard you writing lightly.
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ok... theres the cool rules for writing! im gonna try to be a good rule keeper and i hope youll be one with me.

…hugs from lenny

35 comments:

  1. Those are great rules. I'm really bad at #7 though. I only have the stuff I've done this year. (sigh) We'll see how long I keep this batch.

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  2. I'm opposite of Vicki! I save everything! These are GREAT tips!

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  3. Great rules! I especially want to highlight #7. When I was in high school, I threw away everything I wrote in middle school. Boy, my high school self was really harsh! I wish I had those stories back so I could read them now or show my daughter.

    The 15 year minimum rule is a pretty good one!

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  4. Those are great rules. I agree with them all.

    CD

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  5. Great rules. I wish I'd saved my old writing. Want to be a better writer? There's no better way to do it than writing.

    Reading is important to make us better writers and people. I've reread the Harry Potter books three times.

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  6. Great, great rules Lenny! one of the cool things about saving writing you don't like, is you can always keep the idea and try rewriting it again! rewriting teaches you almost as much as rereading does! :)
    thanks for posting!

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  7. Ooh! I especially loved #6. "The words get inside" you. Yep, that is about the size of it for me. Besides, I love having permission to revisit my old, book friends over and over again.

    Have a lovely week, Lenny! :o)

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  8. This is some very good advice. I will refer to these rules often an' try my best to follow them. You are a good example. Thank you.

    ~ Yaya

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  9. Great rules, Lenny! I never throw anything out. Although, I have lost some stuff in the past which I regret!

    PS: thanks so much for putting Holly in your sidebar! ;o)
    PPS: Sebi is shedding some much needed light on my poetry. Thanks so much for introducing us! ;o) xx

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  10. Great rules! So far I have saved everything from the last ten years and I'm so glad I did! Not only can I see how i've grown as a writer, but I also get ideas off of the old ideas too. And there are soooo many!

    And reading always inspires me to write more too!

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  11. Excellent tips Lenny! You are so great to already know these tips at such a young age!!! I'm 24 and just now learning them all!!

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  12. Great tips, Lenny! I wish I had my diaries from my teenage years, papers from college, and stories I wrote when I was younger. I think I have dug through every box of "old" stuff in our house and I'm pretty sure I don't have those papers anywhere...

    I LOVE to read. I reread lots of books over and over again....

    Great advice, Lenny!

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  13. I love your tips! One thing I really love about being a writer is that I get to read all I want and call it working! :)

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  14. Great tips, Lenny. I save everything I write as well. You never know when it will come in handy :)

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  15. Hi Lenny was nice to come accross you blog. Loved the rules, especially the last one about saving. Im terrible for throwing things out.
    Hope that your having a great day! and feel free to take a wee peek at mine to.
    http://blackrosesee.blogspot.com
    all the best

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  16. Writing Magic is my favorite book on writing. I'm glad you're enjoying it!

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  17. Great rules! I think I need to read this book. Ms. Levine is one of my favorite authors.

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  18. Yes! These are the perfect rules, Lenny! Thanks for posting them and for making them so fun and colorful. :-)

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  19. I think all these rules are "spot on" as Chef Ramsay would say!

    When you mention saving something for 15 years, I encourage that sort of saving completely. I found something I wrote back in high school and was able to salvage a couple of sentences. It also gave me another idea for a future project.

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  20. Those are the core rules for sure! I need to make more time for reading. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  21. Hey Lenny,
    You offer some really neat advice, here. I began writing when I was a little boy and I still have some of my old stuff lying around. I quite like my old scribbled down notes. They make me smile.
    I believe you should write from the heart.
    Smiles your way, 'Mr. Gary' :-)

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  22. Great rules to write by. Thanks for popping by and reading my post on a similar topic..:) Keeping the old stuff is good advice. Sometimes they can give you ideas if nothing else.

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  23. Hi Lenny, I found you from Sharon at Random Thoughts. She spoke so highly about you that I just had to check you out. Thanks for the writing rules. Look...I'm writing right now ;-)

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  24. Great rules you have there Lenny, I'm definetly following them too! =) Way to go!

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  25. I love the fifteen year rule.
    The book I am about to publish was 1st drafted about fifteen years ago. I pulled it out when I had some time and hated the writing, really really bad. But I still liked the plot and the central characters, so I started again. This time it works.

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  26. I need to work on #7!!! *saves writing now* because later in life it could become a major issue!!!

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  27. Hi Lenny! This is some great wisdom you've chosen to share! I wish I knew all this when I was your age. Keep writing!

    I found you through Justine, she said some great things about you on her blog, so I couldn't resist coming over here. :)

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  28. This is the first time I ever saw Candace Ganger's face, on your blog! She's so pretty why is she hiding her face LOL? Hey thanks for joining my BBQ :)

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  29. That's a great book!

    LOL. So that's what Candace looks like. :)

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  30. Great rules! Good stuff Lenny, thanks for sharing.

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  31. I came back to this post, again, because I'm missing you! It's been a couple of days since you've been on and I wanted to send a REALLY BIG HUG to you and your family.
    xoxo

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  32. Super great post. And excellent rules. Thanks for sharing it with everyone. I must bookmark this post and refer back to it daily. :)

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