Ian Rankin is a Scottish author. Born on 28 April 1960, he is one of the UK’s most popular crime writers and his best-selling Rebus books, which started with Knots and Crosses, have been translated into 22 languages.
He has won four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards, and an Edgar Award, among many others. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.
The Guardian asked him for his writing advice. Here it is.
Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction
- Read lots.
- Write lots.
- Learn to be self-critical.
- Learn what criticism to accept.
- Be persistent.
- Have a story worth telling.
- Don’t give up.
- Know the market.
- Get lucky.
- Stay lucky.
Read our 2004 interview with Ian Rankin
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