Novelist Deborah Moggach has set out twelve rules for writing novels. All very wise and sensible, no doubt, but perhaps a thirteenth rule may be added:
13. If you really need someone to set out rules to help you write your novel, then you really shouldn’t bother trying to write one in the first place.
After all, it’s not as if the world is crying out for yet more new novels. Even as it is, there are so many of the damn things that we don’t have the time or the patience to sort out the worthwhile from the crap!