Saw this, had to post it.
Famous authors give their 10 rules for writing fiction
"You don't always have to go so far as to murder your darlings – those turns of phrase or images of which you felt extra proud when they appeared on the page – but go back and look at them with a very beady eye. Almost always it turns out that they'd be better dead."
"Do not place a photograph of your favourite author on your desk, especially if the author is one of the famous ones who committed suicide."
"Do be kind to yourself. Fill pages as quickly as possible; double space, or write on every second line. Regard every new page as a small triumph."
"Try to be accurate about stuff."
"Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting."
"Ted Hughes gave me this advice and it works wonders: record moments, fleeting impressions, overheard dialogue, your own sadnesses and bewilderments and joys."
"Think big and stay particular."