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IT’S A DECKBUILDING GAME FOR ENGLISH MAJORS

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‘Make Sure You Read a Lot of Books’: 10 Writing Rules From Zadie Smith

  1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
  2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
  3. Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation’. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle’. All that matters is what you leave on the page.

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