Dinty W. Moore’s 10 Rules for Essayists

November 23, 2018 § 11 Comments


author photoThe following rules may or may not be based on Jonathan Franzen’s Ten Rules for Novelists, but life is a mystery, and art doubly so.

Dinty W. Moore’s 10 Rules for Essayists

1.
The reader is a friend, literally, because who else is going to read your work?

2.
Essays in which the author does not grapple with the lingering effects of family trauma are probably just about food or possums.

3.
Never use the word fleet as a conjunction—we have flotilla for this purpose. Substituting fleet is the lazy or tone-deaf writer’s non-solution to the problem of too many flotillae on the page.

4.
Writing in third person is just weird.

5.
When information becomes free and universally accessible, we will spend the rest of our lives mindlessly clicking “like” on Twitter.

6.
Purely autobiographical essays require either a moth, a hammer, or a lame horse.

7.
You see more looking out a window than staring down into a caramel macchiato.

8.
It’s doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is not being observed by the NSA.

9.
Interesting verbs seldom intensify, intertwine, shimmer, or transmogrify your writing prowess.

10.
It is easy to forget.

___
Dinty W. Moore was born, did a bunch of things, wrote a few books, and now finds himself pursued by polar bears.

§ 11 Responses to Dinty W. Moore’s 10 Rules for Essayists

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading Dinty W. Moore’s 10 Rules for Essayists at BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog.

meta

%d bloggers like this: