Erica Jong’s 20 Rules for Writers

Erica Jong

More than 40 years have passed since Erica Jong published her seminal feminist novel Fear of Flying, and on Tuesday, Sept. 8., she released its pseudosequel, Fear of Dying.

Is Fear of Dying worth reading? I dunno. Perhaps you should ask Roxane Gay.

However, Jong does have, as many writers do, a list of rules for writing, as found on her website. They are as follows:

  1. Have faith—not cynicism
  2. Dare to dream
  3. Take your mind off publication
  4. Write for joy
  5. Get the reader to turn the page
  6. Forget politics (let your real politics shine through)
  7. Forget intellect
  8. Forget ego
  9. Be a beginner
  10. Accept change
  11. Don’t think your mind needs altering
  12. Don’t expect approval for telling the truth – (Parents, politicians, colleagues, friends, etc.)
  13. Use everything
  14. Remember that writing is Heroism
  15. Let Sex (The Body, the physical world) in!
  16. Forget critics
  17. Tell your truth not the world’s
  18. Remember to be earth-bound
  19. Remember to be wild!
  20. Write for the child (in yourself and others)

Fear of Dying by Erica Jong

Fear of Dying is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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