Zadie Smith, decálogo literario

Zadie Smith

Los decálogos literarios nunca pasan de moda y, aunque siempre resultan inservibles, nunca dejan de ser interesantes (en especial para el propio autor). Zadie Smith ha dejado su decálogo literario en el blog Brain Pickings. Algunos de sus consejos son realmente buenos. El segundo, por ejemplo, recomienda leer los libros que uno escribe como si fuera otro lector, o incluso un lector enemigo. Otro más: “no idealices tu vocación”, deja el estilo literario para la obra, no para la vida. Y un último muy cierto aunque prácticamente imposible de cumplir: “Trabaje en una computadora que esté alejado de internet”. Amén. 

Las diez reglas de Zadie:

  1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.
  2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.
  3. 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.
  4. Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t worth doing. Don’t mask self-doubt with contempt.
  5. Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.
  6. Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.
  7. Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.
  8. Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.
  9. Don’t confuse honours with achievement.
  10. Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.