Three principles of writing

Detail from photographic portrait of Charles D...
Detail from photographic portrait of Charles Dickens (1858), by George Herbert Watkins. (Image via Wikipedia)

I wish Jamie Grove posted at How Not to Write more regularly, because even when I disagree with some of his ideas about writing (which is very rare), he always gets me thinking about the craft and the process.  Today’s post, “Charles Dickens – Three Principles of Writing,” is a great example and a wonderful post.  The gist is his (or rather, Dickens’s) formula of “UTMOST APPLICATION + GREATEST PATIENCE + STEADIEST ENERGY = WRITING (AND ANYTHING ELSE WORTH DOING RIGHT).”  But you don’t want the gist–you want Jamie Grove’s whole post.  Seriously.  You should check it out.

And then get back to the writing.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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