Rules for writing fiction

Brilliant rules for writing by brilliant writers. Some of my favorites:

Cut out the metaphors and similes. In my first book I promised myself I wouldn’t use any and I slipped up during a sunset in chapter 11. I still blush when I come across it.

It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.

Don’t have children.

Don’t worry about posterity – as Larkin (no sentimentalist) observed “What will survive of us is love”.