Eight rules for writing fiction: 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. 3.
Why We Write Number 52 Today’s piece is written by Natasha Costa, a reformed reporter. One of the first clear memories I have is of reading. When I was about two years old I went through that “why?” phase that so many children have, and my parents always, without fail, pulled out the encyclopedia set they’d spent so much money on and had me sound out what I was asking about.It was all very exciting back then; first came the ABC song and then learning how to string letters together. I would ask a why and my parents would help me sound out what I was looking for and then sit me in front of that set of encyclopedias and I would pour through them for hours.
IYawning, IIand smearing my eyes with my fingers, I walkedwalked bleary eyed into the kitchen and mademade myselfboiled the kettle.filled the kettlefilled the kettle with water andwater,fresh water,water from the tap, makingchecking with my hands to make sure it was cold enough ().(The best tea comes from the coldest water). I glanced outsideoutside for a minute at the mist.city mist.mist. I could tastealmost taste the grey.