Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Niven’s laws for writers

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Larry Niven

  1. Writers who write for other writers should write letters.
  2. Never be embarrased or ashamed about anything you choose to write. (Think of this before you send it to a market)
  3. Stories to end all stories on a given topic, don’t.
  4. It is a sin to waste the reader’s time.
  5. If you’ve nothing to say, say it any way you like. Stylistic innovations, contorted story lines or none, exotic or genderless pronouns, internal inconsistencies, the recipe for preparing your lover as a cannibal banquet: feel free. If what you have to say is important and/or difficult to follow, use the simplest language possible. If the reader doesn’t get it then, let it not be your fault.
  6. Everybody talks first draft.

Larry Niven

Written by nevalalee

September 5, 2015 at 7:30 am

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  1. Good tips.

    trav12112010

    September 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

  2. @trav12112010: I like #4 the best.

    nevalalee

    September 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm


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