“….weigh and consider.”

In an essay titled “Of Studies”, published in 1625 as part of his “The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral”, Francis Bacon advises: “Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.”

In February 2010, The Guardian put together advice from some leading writers titled “Ten Rules for writing Fiction.” The first rule from the Scottish writer Alison L. Kennedy is “Have humility.”

She adds to this, lines about the importance of Francis’ “weigh and consider”

“Older/more ­experienced/more convincing writers may offer rules and varieties of advice. ­Consider what they say. However, don’t automatically give them charge of your brain, or anything else.”

Peace 😊

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