Brian Clark verses Ernest Hemingway? In the ring? Testosterone permeating the pre-match build up? They'd be well-matched. Maybe, not in the toe-to-toe, eye-to-eye, no holds barred, gladiatorial contest. They are evenly matched, if stylistically different, when they offer advice about how to write well:
Brian has distilled it, from sheaf to sheet of paper:
2. Write more.
3. Write even more.
4. Write even more than that.
5. Write when you don’t want to.
6. Write when you do.
7. Write when you have something to say.
8. Write when you don’t.
9. Write every day.
10. Keep writing.
Ernest Hemingway – really believed short and positive was the way to go:
1. Use short sentences
2. Use short first paragraphs.
3. Use vigorous English.
4. Be positive, not negative.
I like these sage pieces of advice, together they sum up what, when and how I want to write.
Which set of rules would you pin up over your work space to inspire you while you write?