Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

In this post we share American novelist, Richard Ford’s 10 rules for writing fiction. 

Richard Ford is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written several novels, a memoir, and a number of short story collections. He was born 16 February 1944.

Despite suffering from mild dyslexia, Ford became interested in books. He says that it may have aided him because it forced him to take his time when reading books and it gave him time to think about them.

His best-known works are the novel, The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the LandIndependence Day became the first novel to win both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

His novel Wildlife was adapted into a 2018 film of the same name.

Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

  1. Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer’s a good idea.
  2. Don’t have children.
  3. Don’t read your reviews.
  4. Don’t write reviews. (Your judgement’s always tainted.)
  5. Don’t have arguments with your wife in the morning, or late at night.
  6. Don’t drink and write at the same time.
  7. Don’t write letters to the editor. (No one cares.)
  8. Don’t wish ill on your colleagues.
  9. Try to think of others’ good luck as encouragement to yourself.
  10. Don’t take any shit if you can ­possibly help it.

Source for tips: The Guardian

Source for Image: By Arild Vågen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 16th February 2019

1 thought on “Richard Ford’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction”

  1. Excellent advice – with one exception: No: 6. My muse is much more co-operative when I drink a small libation to her – sometimes 2 small libations. She prefers red wine.

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