Annie Proulx 5 Rules For Writers

Annie Proulx’s 5 Rules For Good Writing


Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author. She has also writes under the pseudonyms, E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx. She was born 22 August 1935.

She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards. Her second novel, The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. It was adapted as a film of the same name. Her short story, Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture.

Proulx is best known for her fiction about rural America. Her writing has a lyricism and wit that appeals to a wide selection of readers. She has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Maine, Toronto, Vermont, and Montreal.

The National Book Foundation awarded Annie Proulx with its 2017 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, says: “Annie Proulx’s ability to explore the nuances of the human spirit and render deeply moving reflections on rural life have solidified her place in American Letters.”

Annie Proulx’s 5 Rules For Good Writing

  1. Proceed slowly and take care.
  2. To ensure that you proceed slowly, write by hand.
  3. Write slowly and by hand only about subjects that interest you.
  4. Develop craftsmanship through years of wide reading.
  5. Rewrite and edit until you achieve the most felicitous phrase / sentence / paragraph / page / story / chapter.

Source for advice: Guardian
Source for image: Paris Review

 by Amanda Patterson

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