Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Keep a diary.
Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.
Have more than one idea on the go at any one time.
Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea.
Don't read your reviews.
You have to love before you can be relentless.
Don't wait for inspiration. Discipline is the key.
Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained.
Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you're allowed to do whatever you like. So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can.
you’ve got a real problem if you don’t even believe there’s such a thing as predatory lending after one of the biggest such sprees in history.
* Michael Lewis on The Great One-Eyed Fund Manager Michael Burry. What an inspiring read.
* Matt Taibbi on Rick Santelli’s rant on Predatory lending where he said “You can’t cheat an Honest Man”. Yeah, dude, come to India’s ULIP world and I’ll show you how honest people can easily be cheated out of their money. The similarity: Neither regulator gives a rat’s ass.
* Salil Tripathi on how India lost it’s M.F. Husain. I hardly get political on the blog but I find it dirty that a bunch of goons can hold anyone to ransom in this country. When a Raj Thackeray says obviously anti-someone things, there is no move to arrest him; because he is only talking, they say. M.F.Husain didn’t even talk – he just painted – and he should be arrested? We need to change this country; we’re younger than Husain, and we don’t have to leave.