“Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation.’ You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle.’ All that matters is what you leave on the page.”
~ Zadie Smith
“All that matters is what you leave on the page”—you know, I think that is so true. The full quote comes from Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules Of Writing, published by The Guardian newspaper in 2010.
Maria Popova described Smith’s 10 Rules as her favourite of the series, “an exquisite balance of the practical, the philosophical, and the poetic” and I definitely agree with that description.
Although it’s hard to beat “All that matters is what you leave on the page”, many other of Smith’s rules also resonate. To check them out for yourself click on: