by Maria Popova
“Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that
comes from never being satisfied.”
In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is Zadie Smith’s list — an exquisite balance of the practical, the philosophical, and the poetic:
- When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
- When an adult, try to re...