10 consejos de Zadie Smith

En The Guardian la escritora inglesa Zadie Smith comparte 10 reglas o principios (me gusta el número ocho) para escritores, para el ejercicio de la escritura:

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.

4 Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.

5 Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.

6 Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.

7 Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.

8 Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.

9 Don’t confuse honours with achievement.

10 Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.


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One Response to 10 consejos de Zadie Smith

  1. La novia de Snoopy says:

    El mejor consejo me lo dió un escritor demasiado conocido, cuyo nombre, naturalmente, voy a guardarme: “Trata a tus lectores como si fueron entrometidos hijos de puta fisgoneando un asunto que no les incumbe.”


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