JM Coetzee — Dos and Don’ts of Classic Novel Writing

at the Guardian has delivered a wonderful article on JM Coetzee’s advice to writers.

In summary…

  1. Know why you are writing
  2. Sometimes writers are unaware of the real reasons they write
  3. Don’t start a new novel until the old one is finished
  4. Write concisely
  5. Look for the richest narrative situation
  6. Don’t worry about plausibility
  7. Don’t be sentimental

This is a terrific piece and well worth reading.

Read the full article HERE

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/12/late-essays-by-jm-coetzee-review