PD James - On Writing

PD James still writes at the age of 91. She is best known for her Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, her dystopian novel, The Children of Men, and most recently her sequel to Pride & Prejudice, Death Comes to Pemberley, published in 2011.

1. Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.

2. Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious.

3. Don’t just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.

4. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.

5. Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.

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Posted: 25 April 2012

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