Saturday, February 20, 2010

Författare ger skrivtips

Elmore Leonard:
1 Never open a book with weather.
2 Avoid prologues: they can be ­annoying, especially a prologue ­following an introduction that comes after a foreword.
3 Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4 Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said" . . .
5 Keep your exclamation points ­under control.
6 Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose".
7 Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9 Don't go into great detail describing places and things, unless you're ­Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language,
10 Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Massor av skrivtips från kända författare här och här, i The Guardian,
Tipset fick jag från Maria Turtschaninoff.


Pernilla said...

Underbart att Margaret Atwood får i alla fall. Jag älskar Atwood!

Anjo said...

Härliga tips. Tack.

Maria Turtschaninoff said...

Pullmans tips var bäst.

"My main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work."

Synöve said...

Åh, kan du inte göra en svensk översättning på detta, då mina engelska språkfärdigheter är något bristfälliga... Pliiis! :-)