50 Of The Greatest Writing Tips Of All Time
1) Allen Ginsberg: To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
2) Andre Gide: The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
3) Angela Carter A book is simply the container of an idea – like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.
4) Annie Dillard: Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.
5) Ayn Rand: Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
6) C. J. Cherryh: It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
7) Carl Sandburg: Beware of advice – even this.
8) Elmore Leonard: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. (short version)
9) Elmore Leonard: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. (long version)
10) Ernest Hemingway When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.
11) Ernest Hemingway: It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
12) Ernest Hemingway: We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
13) George Singleton Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk – away from any open flames – to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.
14) George Singleton You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop – H2O. The reader will get it.
15) Harper Lee: I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.
16) Henry David Thoreau: Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.
17) Henry Miller: Writing is its own reward.
18) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
19) Hunter S. Thompson: Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.
20) Jack Kerouac: It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.
21) Jack Kerouac: Genius gives birth, talent delivers.
22) Jim Thompson: There is only one plot – things are not what they seem.
23) Joan Didion: Writers are always selling somebody out.
24) Joseph Conrad: A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.
25) Joyce Carol Oates: The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.
26) Jules Renard: Style means the right word. The rest matters little.
27) Jules Renard: Style is to forget all styles.
28) Larry L. King: Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
29) Margaret Laurence: When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.
30) Mark Twain: The difference between the almost right word and the right word is a really large matter – the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
31) Marie de Nervaud: You don’t actually have to write anything until you’ve thought it out. This is an enormous relief, and you can sit there searching for the point at which the story becomes a toboggan and starts to slide.
32) May Sarton: Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.
33) Natalie Goldberg: Writers live twice.
34) Orson Scott Card: Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.
35) Peter Handke: If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.
36) Ray Bradbury: I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.
37) Roald Dahl: I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.
38) Robert A. Heinlein: Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
39) Samuel Johnson: The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
40)Sidney Sheldon: A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.
41) Stephen King: The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
42) Stephen King: When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
43) Tom Clancy: I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
44) Virginia Woolf: Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
45) W. Somerset Maugham: If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
46)William Carlos Williams: I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
47) William Faulkner: Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good
48)William S. Burroughs: You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.
49)William Zinsser I almost always urge people to write in the first person. … Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.
50) William Zinsser: To defend what you’ve written is a sign that you are alive.
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