Writerly Advice from Chekhov

Other than ‘practice, patience and persistence’ and perhaps ‘know the rules before you break them,’ I’m not a big fan of most of the advice given to writers on how to write. Good, bad or ugly, most such advice should be received sparingly and applied sparingly. Among the good, however, I would have to include this excellent notion from Anton Chekhov:

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

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