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Sound Advice from Paul Harding

Paul Harding, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Tinkers, gives the following sound advice to writers:

"Write as precisely and as lucidly and as richly as you can about what you find truly mysterious and irreducible about human experience, and not obscurely about what will prove to be received opinion or cliche once the reader figures out your stylistic conceit. There's all the difference in the world between mystery and mystification." 

Also:

"Give yourself wholly to the kind of book you want to write and don't try to please readers who like something different." (I'm going to pin this up on my wall.)

For his other tips: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/60070-5-writing-tips-paul-harding.html