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Don’t talk about writing. WRITE!

Previously I wrote a post on the how to books of writing in which I focussed on Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing.

Today it’s Ray Bradbury.

Mainly because I am trying to give myself his advice: ‘Don’t talk about writing. WRITE!’

I need that advice because when I get an initial idea I talk about it, as it develops I talk about it and then I talk some more. By the time I’ve finished the book has almost been written (in my head) and I am (almost) bored by it.

So, from here on, I will take his advice as my Rule Number 1.

Perhaps Rule Number 2 should be: Read intensely. Write every day. Then see what happens. Most writers who do that have very pleasant careers. (courtesy Ray Bradbury as well)

It is easy to let the rest of your life get in the way – and mostly there is no reason why it shouldn’t as long as there is always a space in your day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, to fit in some writing. It is not impossible.

I will leave Rule Number 3 for the meantime – I reckon these tow are enough to be getting along with and I need to get to them instead of writing this post!

Book Titles

The title of a book is so important – and not many people have titles as consistently good as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in my humble opinion) – and I suppose that is linked to the fact that not many people write as well as he does (again … in my humble opinion..)

Think of these:

Love in the time of Cholera

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

No-one writes to the Colonel

Memories of my Melancholy Whores.

The General in his Labyrinth


Other titles I like, from other authors

Up in Honey’s Room – Elmore Leonard

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Of Mice and Men – Steinbeck

And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street – Dr Seuss

Death is a lonely business – Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Looking for Transwonderland – Noo Saro Wiwa

Looking for Transwonderland

OK I’ll stop now … but it is a hard thing getting a title right, and it does matter!