by Anita Sethi for Guardian Unlimited Books/Blog
“Warning: under no circumstances should you follow this advice.
1. Give up your day job thus inducing a sense of drowning in a mass of unstructured time.
2. Don’t write from the heart. Write from your little toe. Or from your elbow. Or from your bum.
3. Write 50, 000 words calling your protaganist “Marla”. What a goddamn awful name! Go through the draft and change her name to “Roshni”. Done it? Idiot – the first name was so much better. Change it back again!”
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