Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules of Writing (via 101 Books)

I know Franzen isn’t popular with everyone, but I did enjoy “The Corrections,” (enjoyed “Freedom” less, but it was still very good. I couldn’t write like him and don’t aspire to (I have very different goals and my own idols) but I do enjoy looking at other writers’ perspectives. They’re hit or miss, as any list will be, but thought provoking, so I thought I’d share. WordPress has made it so easy. I’d give it a kiss but I don’t know where it’s been.

Jonathan Franzen's 10 Rules of Writing Last week, I posted about George Orwell's rules for writing, so while I'm finishing book #12: The Corrections I thought this would be a great opportunity to check out what Jonathan Franzen has to say on the subject. This list came from The Guardian: The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator. Fiction that isn't an author's personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn't worth writing for anything but money. Never use t … Read More

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2 thoughts on “Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules of Writing (via 101 Books)

  1. Hi,
    Sorry I would send you an email but I can’t seem to see one…

    I love your work!!! BlackGold…the reviewer that said it can be re read…VERY true as I have gone through it 3x and counting! Seriously wonderful characters!!! LOVED every second of it.
    Just finished Tricky and enjoyed it very much. I am moving on to Night Caller. I read a couple months ago A Certain Pressure…oh my the visuals you create!!! And I am in the process of reading Preenstalk (but it needs the right frame of mind).

    Ohhhhh I loved BlackGold so much I ordered the print from PL Nunn! ((I live in China so I had it sent to my dad for my next home visit…he opened it Father: “Laurie, why does the girl look like a boy…” Me: “Hmmmmmmm, is it still snowing there dad?”))

    Looking forward to more!!!! Off to Night Caller…instead of finishing my own story! LOL

    Hugs to you


    • Thank you very much! That is so great to hear that you’ve read “Black Gold” that many times and still enjoy it!

      Peenstalk is definitely very silly :) I hope you enjoy The Night Caller as much as Trick and Pressure.

      Thursday and I have another book coming out in May “Le Jazz Hott” that I hope you enjoy as much!

      Your poor dad, hehe. That’s what he gets for opening other people’s mail!

      It must be exciting to live in China. I wish I could travel more. How do you find it?


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