Don’ts For Writers

Browsing in Andover’s Free Bookshop – for those who don’t know it, yes, the books are free – I came across a copy of the US magazine Poetry. Among other attractions was an update of Ezra Pound’s Don’ts For Poets.

Here are three from William Logan that apply to all writers:-

  • Don’t do what all the other little Buggers are doing
  • Don’t think you don’t have to read. You read in order to steal. Read more, steal better. (I’m tempted to repeat that one, it’s so important)
  • Don’t think what you have to say is important. The way you say it is what is important. What you have to say is rubbish.